It’s no secret that the Space Shuttle fleet has been retired and is no longer carrying astronauts and cargo into space. The Shuttles will spend the remainder of their days on display for fans of spaceflight to look at.
I’ve mentioned a couple times that SpaceX was set to become the first company to send a private spacecraft to dock with the ISS. Despite several delays, all went well for SpaceX with its launch, and this weekend the company’s Dragon cargo vessel successfully docked with the International Space Station.
After multiple delays, SpaceX is set to hit a major milestone this Saturday, May 19. Saturday is the day set for the launch of the first privately funded cargo mission to the International Space Station. With the Space Shuttle fleet retired, these commercial space missions are one of the only ways to get cargo to and from the ISS.
I watched the Discovery Channel program Meteor Men a few times, certainly enough to understand that little pieces of meteor could be worth big money. On April 22 a gigantic fireball explosion rocked parts of northern California and Nevada.
Earlier this year a photograph was circulated online that was taken by NASA that some thought showed a UFO. The photograph was later disproven and artifacts caused by reflected light from Venus. A similar photograph has surfaced that has UFO fans thinking NASA has again snapped a picture of a spaceship near our sun.
NASA has announced a plan to find earthquakes and respond more quickly to them using GPS satellites in orbit. Generally, earthquake detection is done by seismological hardware on the ground, but according NASA – that data can be difficult to capture.
The retired space shuttle Discovery took its final flight atop the back of the modified Boeing 747 that has moved to the shuttle between locations over the decades. NASA loaded Discovery on the back of the 747 earlier this week in preparation for its flight to Washington where it will spend the remainder of its days.
NASA always has an eye on the Sun and other parts of the solar system just in case something cool happens. Turns out that NASA caught a very cool phenomenon back in September of 2011. The space agency recorded a video of that appears to be a gigantic solar tornado using the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
NASA and its astronauts from the early years of spaceflight including Apollo program astronauts have been having words over who owns the items astronauts brought home after their missions. NASA has recently blocked several auctions when astronauts tried to sell off what they believed to be their personal belongings.
Growing up in the infamous Tornado Alley in Texas, we learned from an early age what to do and what not to do if a tornado is coming your way. You also learn what a tornado looks like and the sort of devastation they can leave behind as well.
Angry Birds has been crazy popular, there is no denying that. Developer Rovio has made a huge amount of money on both the game and insane amounts of merchandising. Each time a new version of the game comes out, it quickly moves to the top the charts and the latest version called Angry Birds Space will undoubtedly do the same.
If you ever wanted to be an astronaut, this new experiment may be the closest you ever get. In conjunction with a Cornell/University of Hawaii study, NASA is looking for volunteers with the goal of simulating the living and working conditions for astronauts on a hypothetical mission to Mars.
I’ve always found it interesting that we can all look in the night sky and see the same moon every day no matter where we live on planet. I’ve also always found it a bit intriguing that we only see one side of the moon and I have often wondered about the dark side (more recently known as the “far side” of the moon.)
Space junk is quickly becoming a big hazard in orbit around the Earth. There are untold numbers defunct satellites and other chunks of debris and trash floating around up there that pose a hazard to humans on the ISS and other satellites that are still being used.
This is a very interesting debate going on right now in the scientific community. A Russian scientist named Leonid Ksanfomaliti has checked out some images shot by a Russian probe sent to Venus in 1982 called Venera 13.