September 22, 2018: YES!!!!!!!
Hopping rovers . . . now why didn’t Star Trek ever dream of that?
We’ve gone into a space a lot this week–let’s keep going and celebrate the launch of OSIRIS-REx on September 8, 2016.
Here’s an update. (Note: Look at the graphic on the wall behind her when they tell you what DSN is – that’s actually showing the Deep Space Network in real-time operation, and the moving lines are transmissions to and from various spacecraft.)
And here’s the basic mission . . .
WAIT! WHAT ABOUT ME????!!!–Asteroid Bennu
Oh, all right, Bennu:
Now then, here’s the basic OSIRIS-REx mission video.
Featured image: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
I just found out about this: in about 20 minutes from the time of writing these words, the Virtual Telescope Project is going to stream
the close encounter of a near-Earth object – 2018 VD1.
It’s less than 50 feet across and about 70,000 miles away. Astronomers only discovered this asteroid
yesterday this week! Here is more information.
This is definitely going to lead to a post next week on near-Earth objects!
Update: Apparently there’s still a half-hour to go:
Update 2: Just a poster thus far. Waiting….Ah!
Featured image: Not 2018 VD1, but another object, illustrated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Oumuamua has been tumbling through interstellar space for a LONG time.
Also, per the reference at that link, it’s apparently red!
Update, July 1, 2018: Huh, that’s weird.
Featured image by Free-Photos, Pixabay. Public domain.