Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration | Tags: Mars, MAVEN, NASA, NASA Animation, Nasa Launch, United Launch Alliance Atlas V | Comments Off on NASA Launches MAVEN
NASA’s latest trick, MAVEN – Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution – has kicked-off with a seamless countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 2 tonne spacecraft lifted off at 1:28 pm local time.
“MAVEN deployed without a hitch, everything is looking good,” NASA Mission Control said.
The MAVEN mission will measure the effect solar winds have had on stripping its atmosphere of water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. When a spacecraft was first sent to Mars in the 1960s, it looked like a cratered, battered world, not much different to Earth’s moon :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 20th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: Curtin University, GRAIL, Luna, Moon, NASA | Comments Off on Australian Researchers Discover 280 New Moon Craters
Australian researchers have discovered 280 new craters on the Moon by combining data about its gravity and surface for the first time. The project, undertaken by a team from Perth’s Curtin University – kicked-off by a Federal Government grant – developed a high-resolution image of the earth’s gravity. Researchers then applied the same technique to the Moon which allowed them to reveal more detailed basins that had never been mapped :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 18th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: Luna Impact, Meteoroid, Meteoroid Environment Office, NASA | Comments Off on Luna Meteoroid Impact Seen From Earth
A 45-kilogram/100Lb chunk of random space rock has slammed into the Moon at almost 100,000 kilometres per hour/62,000 miles per hour, creating a bright flash of light as it exploded with a force of 5 tonnes of dynamite, according to NASA.
An automated telescope run by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office – MEO – captured the images of the March 17 explosion, the biggest seen since NASA began monitoring the Moon for meteoroid impacts 8 years ago.
MEO is the space agencies arm responsible for monitoring meteoroids, helping spacecraft avoid them and engineering craft that can withstand their impact. By measuring the impacts on the moon NASA gains a better understanding not only of the rate of impact, but of the affect impacts have, how to avoid them and how to engineer systems and craft to cope with a space filled with heavy, fast moving objects.
NASA says this latest flash was so bright that anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact would have seen it without a telescope :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 19th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Astronomy, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: Kepler, Kepler Orrery, Kepler-10c, Kepler-37 Kepler-48 - 60 Kepler-47 Kepler-36b & 36c Kepler-34b & 35b Kepler-22b Kepler-20b Kepler-18 Kepler-16b Kepler-11 Kepler-10b, NASA, NASA MISSION | Comments Off on Kepler-62 Most Earth Like Planets
Astronomers using a potent NASA space telescope to search for life say they have found planets which are the most Earth-like candidates yet. Two of the five planets orbiting a Sun-like star called Kepler-62 are squarely in the habitable zone – not too hot, not too cold, possibly bearing water – NASA scientists report in the journal Science :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: Asteroid Capture, Barack Obama, DA14, Mars, NASA, Orion, Senator Bill Nelson, Space Exploration, US Space Program | Comments Off on Tow Me To The Moon
That last bastion of US ingenuity, NASA will apparently launch a new space mission that intends to grab a small asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon, as part of a long-range plan towards establishing permanent manned outposts in space.
US Senator Bill Nelson says to get the project off the ground, president Barack Obama will propose around $US100 million for the space agency in his 2014 budget, which he submits to Congress this week.
The proposed plan calls for a robotic-spacecraft to capture an asteroid and tow it back towards Earth, ultimately leaving it in a stable orbit around the moon.
Once there there could be mining activities, research into ways of deflecting an asteroid from striking Earth, and testing to develop technology for a trip to deep space and Mars, Senator Nelson said in his statement :: Read the full article »»»»