Tagged: NASA

Fare Thee Well, Cassini

Launched in 1997 and arriving at Saturn in 2004, the Cassini-Huygens mission was a phenomenal success, lasting some 10 years beyond its initial 3 year mission. The spacecraft gave us thousands of pictures of Saturn, gigabytes of scientific data, and launched the Huygens probe into Titan, giving never-before-seen footage of...

Kepler Finds Even More Exo-Planets

NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced finding some 1,284 new largish balls of rocks and somewhat larger balls of gas orbiting distant stars. That brings the total number of exo-planets discovered to nearly 5,000. That’s 5,000 planets known to exist orbiting distant stars. Wow! They also revealed that 9 of...

More Images From Pluto

NASA has just released a new video showing the highest resolution yet of the surface of Pluto, and it’s looking quite amazing! According to his NPR article, the new images reveal details of craters and mountains, along with icy plains. With a resolution of around 80 meters per pixel, they show...

The Martian, A Self-Publishing Dream

Based on the best selling book by Andy Weir, the upcoming movie The Martian, directed by Riddle Scott, promises to be the latest sci-fi thriller in the growing list of near-future hard sci-fi. If I were to give it a short synopsis, I would say it’s a bit like MacGyver in...

Latest Images from Pluto

The latest images of Pluto have been beamed back from the New Horizons probe! You can see the latest image on the New Horizons mission site, or read the article on Space.com. Also, there was a nice informative press conference, so have a look at that as well.

New Horizons Zooms Past Pluto

On July 14th, the New Horizons space probe made history as zipped past Pluto at a blistering 14 km/s (that’s 0.000046% the speed of light, if you’re counting), snapping pictures and taking readings. It will take 16 months for all the images and data to be downloaded, but NASA has...

New Horizons Nearing Pluto

On July 14th, 2015, the New Horizons probe will fly by the (dwarf) planet Pluto, taking photos and readings of this far flung outlier of our solar system, and the most well-known of the Kuiper Belt objects. Here’s a nice video overview of the New Horizons mission, an interesting write-up by...

Orion Spacecraft Is Go!

NASA’s new Orion space capsule has successfully launched and landed in its first-ever test flight. On the morning of Friday, December 5th, at 7:05 am, a Delta IV Heavy rocketed the Orion space capsule 5,800 kilometers (that’s 5.8 megameters) into a high elliptical orbit. After some 5 hours, it then plunged back to...

Warp Drive, Mr. Sulu

Looks like the folk at NASA’s Eagleworks are still hard at work on a possibly plausible faster-than-light system, generally known as an Alcubbierre drive, which is sort-of similar to the warp drive of Star Trek fame. If you have an hour to kill, take a look at this informative talk by NASA’s...

Space is Big. Really Big.

Douglas Adams once said, “Space is big. Really big. ” And the following interactive should help demonstrate “just how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” (Just use the scroll bar to zoom in and out, and you can click on things too). Interactive by Cary Huang — be sure to...