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Written By: grant on September 22, 2014 No Comment

The skies over the Red Planet, as The New York Times and others are reporting, are getting downright crowded with satellites from Earth. The latest to set up shop – just ahead of the Indian mission – is the climate-change (and radio-boosting) project called MAVEN:

The spacecraft is healthy and currently in a big, [...]

Written By: grant on September 19, 2014 No Comment

Nature reports on India’s preparations for their first interplanetary exploration:

Mangalyaan, known formally as the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) last November. With 5 scientific instruments that collectively weigh just 15 kilograms, it is designed to image the planet and probe the composition of [...]

Written By: grant on September 17, 2014 No Comment

NASA has formally announced that two private companies will be taking our astronauts to the International Space Station:

The CST-100 and Dragon version 2 have been tapped by NASA to carry astronauts to the International Space Station on missions that will herald a new era in space transportation driven by private companies who also will [...]

Written By: grant on September 2, 2014 No Comment

The Guardian brings a small tragedy happening a long, long way away vividly home with 10 well-chosen words: Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission:

The federal space agency released a statement saying the landing apparatus of the Photon-M satellite had returned to earth as planned, falling into Russia’s Orenburg region at [...]

Written By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Rosetta.” [Download] (To download: http://guildofscientifictroubadours.com/choons/grant-Rosetta2.mp3 )

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014, as used in the post “Rosetta is orbiting a comet right now.”

ABSTRACT: This isn’t *really* a song about a friend’s child. It’s [...]

Written By: grant on August 8, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American reports on the technology that’ll help humans explore the Red Planet… first with fuel, then with air to breathe. The next machine to roll across Mars will help us figure out how to make oxygen:

Jack Mustard from Brown University suggests the Mars Oxygen In-situ resource utilization Experiment (MOXIE) technology could in [...]

Written By: grant on August 6, 2014 No Comment

Orbiting a planet is not that big a deal – moons do it all the time. And everyone you’ve ever known has orbited a sun. Feh. But a comet? The little snowballs have their own weird paths around the sun, and, on that scale, they’re really pretty tiny. But CNN is reporting that the [...]

Written By: grant on June 15, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>NASA Satellites [Earth Science Research Spacecraft]</i>

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Look! Look at all the birds!

I honestly can’t find where this image came from originally, but it pops up just about everywhere researchers partner with NASA to do atmospheric research.

Written By: grant on June 13, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post is ready. We’re all ready. NASA is ready. They’ve figured out a way (maybe!) to explore distant stars with warp drive:

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, [...]

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