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Written By: grant on March 22, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015</i>, by NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben.

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This is happening now. This summer.

A little flying robot is going to Pluto, the planet that wasn’t a planet, then it sort of was again.

From the NASA New Horizons page:

“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are […]

Written By: grant on March 12, 2015 No Comment

Scientific American electrifies us with news of a cluster of satellites investigating the destructive power of the northern lights:

The Magnetsopheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, consists of four satellites that will study a process called magnetic reconnection: the explosive phenomenon that can send powerful bursts of particles hurtling toward Earth, potentially damaging satellites. But […]

Written By: grant on March 4, 2015 No Comment

IFLScience smells more traces of life on Mars, by curiously sniffing spikes of Red Planet methane:

Since it landed on the Red Planet, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring the Gale crater in search of clues that will explain how the Martian landscape has changed over time. The rover has now identified a spike […]

Written By: grant on February 15, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Variation of the Electron Density with Altitude in the Venusian Ionosphere</i>, 1975.

A look at the solar wind – charged particles whipping off our nearest star – and what they do to the second planet out, Venus.

From a NASA technical document, a translation of a Russian overview of observatons from Venus probes. “Hey guys!” it starts. “Not so hospitable down there as we thought!”

Written By: grant on February 3, 2015 No Comment

Discovery News gets all excited by NASA-JPL’s announcement that they’re budgeting for a robotic mission to seek life on Jupiter’s moon Europa:

In response to this news, and after 15 years exploring Europa mission concepts, JPL senior research scientist Robert Pappalardo said that most mission concepts have either been too small, too big or […]

Written By: grant on January 20, 2015 No Comment

Science Daily explains how an orbital camera solved a decade-old Martian mystery:

Images taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, and initially searched by Michael Croon of Trier, Germany, a former member of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express operations team at the European Space Operations Centre, have identified […]

Written By: grant on January 11, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Space Shuttle</i>, concept art from NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

A vision of futures past from NASA’s Glenn Research Center Collection, part of the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

This was what they planned the Space Shuttle to be. Very optimistic colors, aren’t they? And a brilliant sky.

[via Humanoid History]

Written By: grant on January 6, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist watches the Messenger probe prepare to take a final spin around the hottest planet – with one last firing of its engines:

Engineers expect the 120-second engine burn to give the craft an 80-kilometre lift that will keep it aloft until March. But before then, as Messenger swoops low over the planet, […]

Written By: grant on January 4, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>While master @AstroTerry cuts, apprentice @AntonAstrey is at the vacuum cleaner. Apprendista Anton all’aspirapolvere,</i> by Sam Cristoforetti.

Performing delicate procedures in space: a zero-G haircut for New Year’s.

From Italian astronaut @AstroSamantha’s Twitter feed.

The process starts here, if you want to follow along.

This might seem a little trivial and flippant (and there’s plenty of laughing in the photos), but if people are going to live in space for long […]

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