Tag: solar system

Guest Video: Ultima Thule and New Horizons

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

NASA’s InSight Landing on Mars

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:

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New Horizons Opens A Path to Pluto (and Beyond)

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:

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Hayabusa2 and Asteroid Ryugu

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

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Guest Video: Oumuamua: The First Interstellar Visitor

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

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