During its 20-year mission to Saturn, Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has captured some breathtaking images of the ringed planet and its moons, revealing many unexpected secrets. Here are some of the best • Read our photo essay from Tidbinbilla tracking station – Space whisperers: the Aussies guiding Cassini’s suicide mission to Saturn Continue reading...
To cut fuel costs in aircraft, Boeing and NASA have been looking toward geese for inspiration—or, more precisely, the V-shaped pattern preferred by migratory birds. That's because so-called wake-surfing (think of bicycles or cars drafting behind others) is efficient—and it doesn't require newly designed aircraft to pull off,...
For the past couple weeks, US government agencies have been warning citizens about potential traffic issues and the need for protective eyewear during the upcoming solar eclipse. But what if you want to enjoy this rare phenomenon without...Show More Summary
Two years ago, NASA’s New Horizons revolutionized our appreciation of Pluto and its moons. The little probe is still functioning and speeding out of the solar system into interstellar space at 10 miles a second. But before it fades into the cosmic night forever, it will reconnoiter an enigmatic Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69. Show More Summary
Nasa is to wake up its New Horizons spacecraft next month following a five month hibernation, ahead of a journey deeper into one of the most mysterious regions of the Solar System. New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto...Show More Summary
See what NASA’s Curiosity Rover has seen over the last five years trucking along the surface of Mars, as it meandered its way across the Gale Crater. The map on the right of the video provides an overhead view of its trek, collecting data along a 6.1 mile-long path.
While we wait for a manned mission to Mars, we may as well figure out how astronauts will get around on the barren red planet. Maybe it'll be jetpacks. Or scooters. Or buggies. Or... we could skip all that and just go with a big, honking interplanetary rover that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi video game or the Bat cave. More »
As things here on Earth become increasingly more Theatre of the Absurd, NASA's Cassini spacecraft whizzes millions of kilometres away, unaffected by our intra-human squabbling. After 20 years of heading toward and exploring the Saturn...Show More Summary
Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have not announced that "Our Lady of Guadalupe", a religious artifact, is alive.
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As NASA sets its sights on more distant goals like Mars, there's renewed interest in a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system. The post NASA May Use Atomic Rockets to Reach Mars appeared first on ExtremeTech.
A rundown of (some of) the news of the week, and the books behind the headlines.
NASA has some ideas If you haven’t heard yet (unlikely), there’s an event of cosmic significance happening on August 21: a very special solar eclipse, with a shadow path that will pass exclusively through the continental U.S. (the next time this will happen is 2316). Show More Summary
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's GPM, Aqua and Suomi NPP satellites provided three different views of the now fizzled and former Hurricane Franklin.
On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament—a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar eruptions—rose from the surface, gaining energy and speed as it soared. Show More Summary
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched a failed solar eruption. Because scientists had so many eyes on the event, they were able to explain how the Sun's magnetic landscape shredded its own eruption.
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The ongoing fires that have been plaguing British Columbia for most of the summer are causing air hazards across the province and even parts of the US.
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The fourteenth tropical cyclone of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed about 200 miles away from Wake Island and a NASA-NOAA satellite saw it take on a comma-shape.
The total solar eclipse crossing America on Aug. 21 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in nearly 100 years. This astronomical event is a unique opportunity for scientists studying in the shadow of the Moon, but it's also a perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable images. Show More Summary
On Monday, a supercomputer blasts off for a yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station. On Monday, a supercomputer blasts off to the International Space Station on a year-long mission to test its metals and see how it survives the rigors of space. Read Full Story