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How To Capture a Dragon

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:40:07 +0000

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson shows how it’s done. ESA video

Balloon Recovery

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:29:49 +0000

While I still have internet – been getting pretty inconsistent lately. If you’ve been around here for a while you know I like balloons.  This video of a recovery shows how big some of the payloads are.   NASA video

Sentinel-2B Ready to Go

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:20:38 +0000

The Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite will soon be launched and join the Copernicus program, the world’s largest environmental monitoring program which is headed by the European Commission in partnership with ESA. Sentinel 1 and 2 are already in orbit and providing valuable data for science and safety. Data from the satellites prompted the evacuation of […]

Progress 66 Arrives

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:20:46 +0000

The second of a pair of cargo ships arrived at the International Space Station just days apart with the berthing of the Progress 66 craft.

Europa Mission to Phase B

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:03:08 +0000

Good news! According to the following press release the Europa mission is moving along, oh it will be a good while before this off the ground, but this is a critical hurdle. From NASA: On Feb. 15, NASA’s Europa multiple-flyby mission successfully completed its Key Decision Point-B review. This NASA decision permits the mission to […]


Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:38:09 +0000

Using a collaboration of telescopes including TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope–South,  seven new exo-planets have been found. Yesterday I eluded to all of them in the Goldilocks zone, that is not true but THREE of them are and ALL of the planets are relatively Earth-sized! The star TRAPPIST-1 is a dwarf star,  TRAPPIST-1 is […]

Busy Days for the ISS

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:24:53 +0000

Above is a NASA TV live feed Here’s the replay of the Progress 66 launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch time is 00:58 EST / 05:58 UTC. I do not know if this is actually going to be broadcast or not but the feed will be up just in case. The Progress is […]

Progress 66 to Launch

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:32:08 +0000

There will be a launch early tomorrow morning to the ISS.  The Progress 66 will launch from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 05:58 UTC / 12:58 EST. I do not know if the launch will be carried live by NASA, I am going to guess it is so there will be a live link […]


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:07:56 +0000

Cassini took this image of the crater Creusa on the Saturn moon Dione on 26 November 2016 with a nice angle to show the crater nicely. I changed the image a little to bring out some of the details, the original version can be seen here. NASA’s caption: When viewed from a distance with the […]

AG Carinae

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:50:37 +0000

  Dazzling isn’t it? If the name AG Carinae rings a bell, it could be because of this famous star: Eta Carinae. Thanks to: ESA/Hubble & NASA ESA’s caption: This luminous star, AG Carinae, is losing mass at a phenomenal rate. Its powerful winds reach up to seven million km/hour, and exert enormous pressure on […]