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Tag: Space

Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style

Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style
In 2012, we found out about CleanSpace One, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne’s (EPFL) mission to retrieve its small satellite SwissCube in order to reduce space debris. The university recently released an update on their plans, including their projected launch date of 2018.

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets
Elon Musk is a seriously cool dude. Not only does he lead Tesla in making some of the coolest EVs on the market, he is also at the helm of SpaceX, and has lots of success with sending capsules of supplies to the ISS.

SpaceX GoPro Video Is the Most Serene Thing You’ll See All Day

SpaceX GoPro Video Is the Most Serene Thing You’ll See All Day
SpaceX has never been shy about offering up HD video of both its successes and failures. One of my favorite SpaceX videos is the one of the rocket exploding while trying to land. SpaceX has offered up a new video that lacks explosions, but is very beautiful and serene instead.

NASA ADAPT Aims to Land on a Dime, Passes Latest Flight Test

NASA ADAPT Aims to Land on a Dime, Passes Latest Flight Test
You might not know it, but landing a spacecraft on another planet is an imprecise proposition for NASA right now. Take the Curiosity for instance; the landing area that NASA was targeting to hit with the lander was massive at 12 miles by 4 miles.

NASA Thinks One of Saturn’s Moons Could Support Life

NASA Thinks One of Saturn’s Moons Could Support Life
NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft way back in 2004 on a mission to orbit Saturn and study the planet and its moons. One of the most interesting things to study in Saturn’s orbit turned out to be its icy moon Enceladus.

NASA Thinks Mars Used to Have More Water than is in the Arctic Ocean

NASA Thinks Mars Used to Have More Water than is in the Arctic Ocean
One of the main reasons NASA sent rovers to Mars was to see if they could find evidence of water remaining on its surface and determine if the ancient waters of Mars allowed life to develop.

NASA Travel Posters for Exoplanets it Discovered: Vacation in Space

NASA Travel Posters for Exoplanets it Discovered: Vacation in Space
NASA certainly has a lot of scientists and space geeks working for it that do very serious work, but most of these guys and gals always seem to keep a sense of humor about the work they do.

The International Space Station at Bedtime: In Space, No One Can Hear You Sleep

The International Space Station at Bedtime: In Space, No One Can Hear You Sleep
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst has been living in the International Space Station in the past five months. He’ll be back here later this month, but he sent his Halloween treat on time: photos of the ISS’ research center at bedtime.

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been working hard to figure out what sort of molecules are wafting off the comet into space.

The Sun is a Giant Jack-o-Lantern

The Sun is a Giant Jack-o-Lantern
If you ever want to see some cool pictures of stuff in space, NASA and its massive photo archives should be the first place you stop. NASA has pictures of just about anything you can imagine.

Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth

Massive Solar Storms in 2012 Could Have Devastated Modern Life on Earth
We’ve all seen movies and TV shows over the years that give us a glimpse at what life on Earth would be like if we lost all power and our electronics were inoperable. What you might not know is that in 2012, only a single week separated humanity from a potentially devastating solar event that might have made such a scenario reality.

Planetary Plates: Solar System Suppers

Planetary Plates: Solar System Suppers
Throwing a dinner party for a bunch of astronomers or astrophysicists? I can think of no better way to serve up their meals than on these plates that look like the planets of our solar system.

Scientists Say Titan Smells Like Farts and Gasoline

Scientists Say Titan Smells Like Farts and Gasoline
NASA scientists have been working hard to replicate the chemical composition of the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan has a very dense, high pressure, brownish atmosphere. We know the chemical composition of Titan’s atmosphere thanks to the Cassini spacecraft and data it has collected.

Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic

Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic
A story in Sky News claims that Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic to invest millions of dollars in the venture. Virgin Galactic is the project that aims to eventually take private passengers on a trip into space where they will get to experience weightlessness.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Fears Aliens May Have Visited Earth and Thought We Were Too Stupid

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Fears Aliens May Have Visited Earth and Thought We Were Too Stupid
Perhaps the most famous scientist alive today is astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He has his own internet meme and is the host of the major network TV show Cosmos. Tyson recently talked about alien contact being the next frontier.

Self-assembling Moon House Could be the First Structure on the Moon’s surface

Self-assembling Moon House Could be the First Structure on the Moon’s surface
If Humans are ever to spend more than a few days on the surface of the moon or other planet, they will need some sort of shelter. An entrepreneur from Sweden has created a crowdfunding initiative to build what he says could be the first structure on the moon’s surface.