ESA’s ExoMars mission orbiter successfully circling Mars, but contact with lander was lost 

This dense post represents what a wild, intricate, and global effort space technology is.

On Oct. 19, 2016, European Space Agency and Russian space agency’s (Roscosmos) two spacecraft of the ExoMars programme reached the red planet. 

One of the two spacecraft, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) “successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit” as planned. The lander, named Schiaparelli, entered the martian atmosphere, but contact was lost before expected touchdown.

From ESA: “Schiaparelli was programmed to autonomously perform an automated landing sequence, with parachute deployment and front heat shield release between 11 and 7 km, followed by a retrorocket braking starting at 1100 m from the ground, and a final fall from a height of 2 m protected by a crushable structure.”

Contact was established before the atmospheric entry though the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), the world’s largest interferometric array, located near Pune, India, but “lost some time prior to landing”.

With ESA’s Trace Gas Orbiter, there are now six operational spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is one of them, and its low-resolution camera took pictures (see above) of Schiaparelli’s expected touchdown site on 20 October.

Compared to the image taken of the landing site in spring, there have appeared two new features, which ESA associates with the lander itself and its parachute.

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[Missions] Limited Event Mission 2016/10/12 ~ 2016/10/24

The game release limited event missions will be ending soon, but for anyone still wondering what they are or who were not aware of them, event missions are special missions that last for a limited amount of days. This is different from the daily missions which refresh daily, and the permanent missions that do not have a time limit.

Duration: 2016/10/12 ~ 2016/10/25 00:00 JST

The current event missions are:

Clear Objection EASY - 1000 Gold
Clear Objection NORMAL - 3000 Gold
Clear Objection HARD - 10 Medals
Clear Objection EXPERT - 25 Medals

Clear Into The Madness EASY - 1000 Gold
Clear Into The Madness NORMAL - 3000 Gold
Clear Into The Madness HARD - 10 Medals
Clear Into The Madness EXPERT - 25 Medals

Clear スリルを頂戴 EASY - 1000 Gold
Clear スリルを頂戴 NORMAL - 3000 Gold
Clear スリルを頂戴 HARD - 10 Medals
Clear スリルを頂戴 EXPERT - 25 Medals

Clear Cutie Tune Up!! EASY - 1000 Gold
Clear Cutie Tune Up!! NORMAL - 3000 Gold
Clear Cutie Tune Up!! HARD - 10 Medals
Clear Cutie Tune Up!! EXPERT - 25 Medals

Note: You need to clear earlier difficulties before you can get the prizes for the higher difficulties.

Make sure you collect your prizes from the missions page when you complete a mission. You can collect your prizes by clicking on the mission once it says “COMPLETED”

All four songs are limited duration songs that can be found in the Special Songs tab, highlighted below:

The Date and Time left in the banner will be in your phone’s timezone. In this case, my timezone is PDT so it says the songs will be playable until 10/24 08:00, which is 10/25 00:00 JST.

Where to find the missions page:

This event missions guide is really late and the missions are almost expired, but if you haven’t completed the missions yet, you still have time! You don’t need to S rank the songs, just clearing them is good enough. Good luck!

We’ll try our best to get information on future events and event missions out as soon as possible now that we’ve got most of the blog properly set up.



Very strange things happen to your body if you spend a year in space

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth Tuesday night after spending almost a year in space.

But his 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) haven’t been all fun and games.

Our bodies evolved on Earth, so they’re not built for weightlessness — which is exactly why NASA plans to use Kelly to study the long-term effects of spaceflight the human body.

Juno Spacecraft: What Do We Hope to Learn?

The Juno spacecraft has been traveling toward its destination since its launch in 2011, and is set to insert Jupiter’s orbit on July 4. Jupiter is by far the largest planet in the solar system. Humans have been studying it for hundreds of years, yet still many basic questions about the gas world remain.

The primary goal of the Juno spacecraft is to reveal the story of the formation and evolution of the planet Jupiter. Understanding the origin and evolution of Jupiter can provide the knowledge needed to help us understand the origin of our solar system and planetary systems around other stars.

Have We Visited Jupiter Before? Yes! In 1995, our Galileo mission (artist illustration above) made the voyage to Jupiter. One of its jobs was to drop a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere. The data showed us that the composition was different than scientists thought, indicating that our theories of planetary formation were wrong.

What’s Different About This Visit? The Juno spacecraft will, for the first time, see below Jupiter’s dense clover of clouds. [Bonus Fact: This is why the mission was named after the Roman goddess, who was Jupiter’s wife, and who could also see through the clouds.]

Unlocking Jupiter’s Secrets

Specifically, Juno will…

  • Determine how much water is in Jupiter’s atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
  • Look deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
  • Map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet’s deep structure
  • Explore and study Jupiter’s magnetosphere near the planet’s poles, especially the auroras – Jupiter’s northern and southern lights – providing new insights about how the planet’s enormous

Juno will let us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system.

For updates on the Juno mission, follow the spacecraft on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

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I love the bible. It’s audacious, and scandalous, and shows a God who put on flesh and moved into the neighbourhood to eat amongst prostitutes, call embezzlers to follow Him and rebuke the high-flying religious leaders.

Today Jesus declared an adulterous woman free from condemnation (John 9:11), His followers freed from darkness (12) and from slavery to sin (36). I love intimately knowing a God who doesn’t ignore brokenness, but restores it. Who doesn’t condemn darkness, but brings light into it. My heart is full.

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