Update, January 10, 2019: They found a “snowman”! (Fortunately, not one with eyes and a carrot nose, waving at us.) Original post: You’ve probably heard about this on the news. Here is a little background information from NASA and the New Horizons team on the upcoming encounter: Mission page Featured image: NASA Advertisements
This is scheduled to happen on Monday: Another one of those “7-minutes-of-terror” events. Hope it works! Here is NASA’s “watch online” page for it. And here is InSight’s launch, back in May–two days after lava had started spurting out of the ground in a residential neighborhood in Hawaii on the flanks of Kilauea Volcano. Addendum:
The planet-wide dust storm (image on right) has cleared. Here’s an update on humanity’s active missions to the Red Planet. About to make headlines in next 30 days : I’m 30 days away from landing on #Mars. My goal right now is a safe landing but after that, the science begins! Learn more about what
September 22, 2018: TESS has already found two new planets, per preliminary reports. Original post: NASA released the first images from TESS today. What is TESS? Here is today’s image: TESS mission page. Featured image: Yaquina Head Lighthouse, BLM Oregon and Washington/Daniel Gomez
. . . the Dawn mission is coming to an end. Remember those shiny spots on the asteroid? They’re still making headlines! Here is an overview of Dawn’s accomplishments: Mission page and “What we learned from the mission.” Update, September 17, 2018: More on Ceres’ three-mile-high ice volcano. November 3, 2018: Good night, Dawn. And
November 5, 2018: They’re getting close enough to image the asteroid now, and have found something intriguing: Bennu continues to amaze! This image has been stretched to highlight the surface reflectance variations. Those dark areas have got the team buzzing with excitement! pic.twitter.com/9vzZFcTzpV — Dante Lauretta (@DSLauretta) November 6, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js We’ve gone into a
Recently, the Juno mission to Jupiter accomplished its chief goal by enabling astrophysicists to look inside the gas giant indirectly for the first time.
Humanity is going into space eventually. Lets bring as much of that 60s spirit of wonder and exploration with us as possible, and only what little “business as usual” mindset as required to keep basic operations function.
On April 10, the European Space Agency announced that the trace gas orbiter–Part 1 of its ExoMars mission to the Red Planet–has finished aerobraking: Here’s why they are so interested in Martian methane. NASA also has a 2020 mission planned and is hoping to retrieve some rocks. (Uh, guys, you’ve already got some!) Featured image:
A hundred years ago, no one had a clue that disaster can strike us suddenly from the sky. Today we have the best knowledge and finest equipment humanity has ever had to meet the challenge, if it arises.