Space. The empty black vacuum became a little bit brighter on
Sunday after Scott Kelly, a U.S. astronaut aboard the International
Space Station, tweeted an image of the first flower ever grown in space. The flower is part of a larger experiment on the potential for vegetation in
low-gravity environments, with the ultimate objective to grow
vegetables. Kelly tweeted out a pretty funny Matt Damon joke too.
NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes.
The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.
“Europa’s ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life in the solar system,” said Geoff Yoder, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “These plumes, if they do indeed exist, may provide another way to sample Europa’s subsurface.”
“JUNO PROBE MAKES HISTORY BY ENTERING JUPITER’S ORBIT AFTER FIVE-YEAR JOURNEY”
night, NASA and its Juno probe made history by entering a new probe in
orbit around Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft, which had left Earth five
years ago, finally entered Jovian orbit after a 35 minute rocket engine
manoeuvre to slow down its approach to the planet and get caught by its
gravity. Unlike other engine firings in the past, Juno’s manoeuvre was
especially dangerous since no previous spacecraft had ever dared to pass
so close to Jupiter; its intense radiation belts can destroy
unprotected electronics. Luckily, since the probe was built like a tank
with titanium shielding, a few minutes later, a sequence of tones
transmitted from the spacecraft confirmed the braking manoeuvre had been
a smashing success prompting wild cheering at NASA’s mission control in
Pasadena, California. “All stations on Juno co-ord, we have the tone
for burn cut-off on Delta
B,” Juno Mission Control had announced. “Roger Juno, welcome to
Jupiter.” Juno’s main objective is to sense Jupiter’s
structure and chemistry to gather clues on how the gas giant formed some
four-and-a-half-billion years ago. However, much of this observation
will not take place until mid-October when Juno performs a second rocket
engine burn to tighten its orbit to just 14 days. By then, Juno will be
able to answer some interesting questions about the planet including
where it formed in the early Solar System and whether Jupiter has a
solid core or a core made of compressed gas. After the mission ends,
Juno is scheduled to dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere in February 2018 to
ensure that there is no possibility of it crashing into and
contaminating any of Jupiter’s large moons.
March 3, 1915 marks the birthday of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the federal agency founded to institutionalize aeronautical research, which later went on to become NASA in 1958. The original committee was made up
of 12 volunteers with an allocated a budget of $5,000 — and we’re still using their inventions today.
This morning, a plucky NASA spacecraft has entered the orbit of one of the oddest little worlds in our solar system.
Ceres is round like a planet, but really small. Its total surface would cover just a third of the United States. And there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to learn how Ceres fits into our solar system.
It might sound like science fiction, but we already know how
to make objects move at near light speed. Physicists do it all the time
inside particle accelerators, where they accelerate particles to
relativistic speeds just a small fraction below the speed of light (about 186,000 miles per second).
we try to reach these speeds on a macro scale, we run into all kinds of
problems. Now researchers are saying a new kind of laser-based propulsion would eliminate the need for fuel and could accelerate spacecraft up to 26% of the speed of light. At that blistering pace, a tiny space probe could get to Mars in just 30 minutes. The technology to make it happen already exists.
On Monday, NASA administrator Charles Bolden applauded President Barack Obama’s proposed $18.5 billion 2016 NASA budget, which proposes
raising the agency’s budget by $519 million over 2015 levels. While
scientists and researchers may be overjoyed with the Obama
administration’s renewed financial commitment to the space agency, space
lovers of all stripes have something else to celebrate: $30 million for the initial stages of a mission to Jupiter’s moon of Europa.
The International Space Station has been NASA’s low-orbit base of operations for the last 15 years, but now conversations point to leaving the station to venture farther into space. It’s next step towards potential Mars, asteroid and deep space exploration. But NASA’s eyes may be bigger than its wallet.
Signs the private Mars One colonization mission is a scam:
It said it received 200,000 applications, actually received 2,761.
Applications used a “point” ranking system and the only way to gain more points after the initial review process was to buy merchandise, donate money or convince their friends and family to contribute.
Mars One asked all contestants to donate 75% of any speaking fees to the mission.
The top 10 candidates for the mission were those who had contributed the most funds to Mars One.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is the country’s busiest space port, with about 30 launches scheduled so far this year. It hosts commercial companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance, and sees over one million yearly visitors who come to watch launches and learn about space and climate science. How climate change could utterly disrupt it.
The anthropomorphic bot is a collaboration between robotics lab Android Technics and TsNIIMash, a Russian institute for building machines, according to Sputnik International. Alexander Permyakov, Director-General of Android Technics, told the news agency that these robots will be able to “completely replace human” in certain circumstances.
Pluto may be billions of miles from Earth, and the likelihood of anyone stepping foot on it in our lifetime is extremely slim. But scholars and scientists think the New Horizons mission could lead to some of the most important discoveries in current space exploration. And it’s just the beginning — or it will be, if we can afford to keep going. The future depends on it.