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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 […]

Written By: grant on December 31, 2014 No Comment

Nature profiles the amazing new high-atmosphere vehicle for exploring space from Antarctica:

If all continues smoothly, experts expect the flight to last for 100 days or longer. The current record for the longest NASA scientific ballooning flight is 55 days, using a traditional balloon. The record for a super-pressure balloon is just a day […]

Written By: grant on December 26, 2014 No Comment

Popular Science charts a course to Mars that’s easier and cheaper… in a roundabout way:

Spacecraft usually enter orbit around planets via Hohmann transfer, which requires engineers to send the craft to its target just when the target (that’s the moon, Mars, or any other planet) is coming by. Once the craft meets its target, […]

Written By: grant on December 21, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Astronauts Clown Around In Space</i>

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In 1984, astronauts had to ride out in the Space Shuttle Discovery to retrieve two broken-down satellites, and decided to have a little fun with their mission.

I found this snapshot on NASA’s Marshall Image Exchange (MIX) galleries.

Written By: grant on December 9, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American takes a moment, after all the hubbub last week, to think over what the success of the Orion launch means for NASA and the future of human spaceflight:

“We haven’t had this feeling in a while, since the end of the shuttle program,” Orion flight director Mike Sarafin of the Johnson Space […]

Written By: grant on December 1, 2014 No Comment

Business Insider, among other sources, has a neat piece on an even neater app that lets you talk to someone on the ISS:

talian astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti is currently aboard the International Space Station, orbiting Earth at more than 16,000 miles per hour.

Ten years ago, it would have been impossible for Cristoferetti to regularly […]

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