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Rosetta on Final Approach to Comet Landing

Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Astrophysical, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Rosetta on Final Approach to Comet Landing

In the most complex space mission since the moon landing, an attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. Launched by the European Space Agency, Rosetta has become the first ever spacecraft to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.

The Rosetta spacecraft has travelled six billion kilometres using the gravitational forces of Earth and Mars to slingshot towards the five-kilometre-wide comet. The craft is now within 100 kilometres and considered to be on its final approach :: Read the full article »»»»


Curiosity Uncovers Underground Lake

Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Curiosity Uncovers Underground Lake

NASA.Curiosity Uncovers Underground Lake.Dec 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover has dug below the Martian surface, and for the first time uncovered direct evidence of what used to be a freshwater lake. There is no water left where the lake once was, but drill tests and chemical analysis of fine-grained rocks by the Curiosity robot’s science tools suggest conditions were right for the lake to have once supported microbial life, perhaps as long as 3.6 billion years ago.

NASA’a latest findings provide the strongest evidence to-date that Mars could have held life to take hold, according to the report in the journal Science :: Read the full article »»»»


JAXAs Giant Android Leap

Posted: August 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on JAXAs Giant Android Leap

JAXA LaunchJapan has launched a cargo-carrying rocket loaded with supplies for the crew of the International Space Station. Amongst the stock standard supplies, Japan has also sent a small companion robot for one of the country’s homesick astronauts.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s – JAXA – H-2B rocket blasted off on Sunday from the southern island of Tanegashima at 04:48 am local time, JAXA said the launch had gone to plan.

The latest launch is the 22nd for the decade old space agency, and the 3rd lift-off for the Agency’s  Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle. It’s the first time anyone has sent an interactive robot to the space station. Sending the android into space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods :: Read the full article »»»»


Luna Meteoroid Impact Seen From Earth

Posted: May 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Luna Meteoroid Impact Seen From Earth

Cankler Science NewsA 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 »»»»


Tow Me To The Moon

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tow Me To The Moon

Tow Me To the MoonThat 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 »»»»