NASA is going to announce something regarding the Kepler Space Telescope at 9 a.m. PDT tomorrow. Probably some new Earths (i.e., rocky planets roughly the size of the Earth in the habitable zone), but I’m really hoping they found a Dyson Sphere. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/anoth... »
I promised several of you a guide to everything we’ve learned about Pluto, Charon, and all its little moons by Sunday morning. The guide was delayed until now; just letting you know it’s (finally!) ready. »
Before Tuesday, nobody really knew what Pluto looked like. But since 1933, its (now former) status as “the ninth planet” merited its inclusion in countless depictions of the Solar System. Which means up until Tuesday, every time a TV show showed a picture of Pluto they were largely guessing. »
After almost 10 years, New Horizons has traveled three billion miles to the Kuiper Belt to take pictures of Pluto. In 85 years, we’ve gone from this: »
It’s been a busy few days for NASA’s astronauts. First, the eight astronaut candidates selected in 2013 completed their training and joined the astronaut corps this week (pictured above with their new astronaut pins). »
I’m here at a beach near Kennedy Space Center, FL awaiting my very first rocket launch, the SpaceX Dragon capsule with Falcon 9 rocket. The crabs are scuttling, and there are yellow stakes everywhere marking turtle nests. I’m so excited. It’s due to launch from those 4 towers in the distance next to the dome. … »
“Steve Austin...Astronaut...A man barely alive.” And so one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s would begin. And it certainly seemed reasonable, based on the archival footage of the aircraft disaster in the opening credits, that anyone in that plane would be, at best, “barely alive.”
Anyone, that is, except test… »
Astronaut Terry Virts has been on the International Space Station since November of last year but it wasn’t until now that he was able to get this shot. »
Here are a couple of videos released last week by the European Space Agency with Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti explaining personal hygiene and toilet use on the International Space Station.
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April… »
I haven't done one of these in a while but this is a nice bit of trivia. Where is the one place other than Edwards Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center that the Space Shuttle has landed from orbit? (Hint - this is a photo of the landing.) »Answer below.
Wired is today reporting an extraordinary new initiative by NASA to capture a good-sized space rock and put it in orbit around the Moon. »
Just yesterday, NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope may have detected evidences of a salt water ocean underneath the surface of Jupiter's largest satellite, Ganymede. The discovery prompted me to listen to Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from his The Planets suite. The Planets wasn't actually inspired by… »