By Amber Jorgenson – Astronomy.com – Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech. An illustration of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission depicts the rover surveying rocky terrain on Mars’ surface. The new instruments featured on the rover will enable to it travel to uncharted Martian territory.
By Thomas McMullan – Alphr.com – Image Not Credited. Former NASA engineer, James Oberg. As Atlas Obscura reports, Oberg worked for NASA mission control in the 1990s, and is now a space journalist and historian. His newest hobby is debunking UFO sightings, not by dismissing them out of hand but by working out what’s actually […]
By DailyGalaxy.com – Image Not Credited. The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A (below) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber’s massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing […]
By Alessandra Potenza – TheVerge.com – Photo NASA. A cosmic message in a bottle from humanity to extraterrestrials I’m listening to a reproduction of NASA’s Golden Record, an album that was printed on gold-plated copper disks and launched into space aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft in 1977. I received a copy of it […]
By Meghan Bartels – Newsweek.com – Image NASA. The sign-up process is easy: visit the website and fill out a short form. You must submit a first and last name—and for U.S. residents, a zip code—but an email address is optional. If you’ve put your name on a NASA mission before, keep the flights linked […]
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Aurore Hutzler Post-doctoral researcher, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria Ludovic Ferrière Co-curator of collections, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria Room.EU.com – Photo Not Credited Until now, sample return missions have been led mostly by NASA in the US, by Roscosmos in Russia and by JAXA in Japan. Europe is a main actor in space exploration […]
By Alice Vincent – Telegraph.co.uk – Image Nasa engineers installing the ‘Golden Record’ into Voyager Golden Record: Greetings to the Universe contained pictures of life on Earth – such as a woman in a supermarket – as well as music that reflected the diversity of humankind’s creative capabilities. Bach was on there, along with Mozart, […]
By Matthew Hart – Nerdist.com – Photo Not Credited NASA says that the willful annihilation of Cassini in Saturn’s atmosphere is necessary because the probe is nearly out of fuel, and that if left adrift, it could crash into one of Saturn’s moons, leading to contamination. The concern is that there could be stowaway microbes […]
Bill Tompkins was embedded in the world of secrecy as a teenager, when the Navy took his personal ship models out of a Hollywood department store because they showed the classified locations of the radars and gun emplacements. He was personally present at the “Battle of L.A.” when a thousand rounds of ammo were fired […]
By Jesse Emspak/Space.com Contributor – Space.com – Photo Wendy Stenzel/NASA NASA will announce the latest crop of planet discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope during a briefing Monday morning (June 19). The briefing will be at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) during the Kepler Science Conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. You can watch […]
By Rob Waugh – Metro.co.uk – Video Capture YouTube/Third Phase of Moon Alien fans Third Phase of the Moon posted a YouTube video based on NASA footage, saying, ‘I’m not sure these are just anomalous clouds – there’s no other ones in the hemisphere.