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
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Update, December 2, 2018: InSight is slightly tilted, but they say that is not a problem. Here’s an excerpt: InSight landed in what’s called a hollow, a crater that has been filled in with soil and leveled flat. In images taken from the elbow of the lander’s stowed robotic arm, the edge of the crater
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
Apparently the updates menu goes by the original post date, and this 2014 post is still buried. It shouldn’t be, since New Horizons is now closing in on its next target wa-a-a-a-a-a-y out there on the edge of the our little corner of the Universe. Also, people should check out that 2006 launch video again:
November 3, 2018: It is going to a challenge to maneuver the spacecraft close enough to poke the surface for a sample. Asteroid Ryugu as seen by MASCOT#Ryugu #リュウグウ #Hayabusa2 #はやぶさ2 #MASCOT #AsteroidLanding pic.twitter.com/sxyFNbcAL1 — Roman Tkachenko (@_RomanTkachenko) November 3, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js October 30, 2018, 8:54 p.m., Pacific: Look at the footage they got during
Recently, the Juno mission to Jupiter accomplished its chief goal by enabling astrophysicists to look inside the gas giant indirectly for the first time.
Here’s something to think about on this summer solstice! And I love the video title–it’s very true for me and probably almost everyone else. Featured image: NASA via Wikimedia.
Everybody knows about the Curiosity rover’s “selfie.” But other rovers have been exploring Mars, long after their mission time was expected to expire. And recently one of them took a selfie, too.
November 5, 2018: No such thing has been confirmed. The observations of 'Oumuamua showed it exhibited non-gravitational acceleration during its pass through the Solar System which is consistent with solar radiation acting upon a low mass-to-area surface. Making a jump to ALIENS is pure conjecture. https://t.co/hBHt1ikEXa — Jason Major (@JPMajor) November 5, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This