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Mars Pathfinder

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:43:50 +0000

It has been 20-years since the Mars Pathfinder with the little Sojourner rover was launched to Mars. The spacecraft landed successfully in an ancient flood plain called Ares Vallis or the valley of Ares. The landing site is in the northern hemisphere of Mars and is where Sojourner because the first rover to operate on […]

December Skies

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:51:19 +0000

There is a comet mentioned? Video (JPL)

ISS Resupply Cargo Launch

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:04:14 +0000

The launch of Progress 65 a resupply mission to the ISS was beautiful.  Things went awry about the time for the third stage. Communications with the spacecraft was lost at 383 seconds into the flight – Don’t worry this was an autonomous flight, no people were aboard the spacecraft and the International Space Station has […]

Here We Go Again

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:04:09 +0000

An almost spotless Sun and you just know 15 and 20 meter HF propagation is going down the tubes again.  Here’s hoping the bottom of the solar cycle does not last as long as the last time. The peak of the solar cycle wasn’t much to write home about either, just my opinion.  Oh sure […]

First Images from CaSSIS

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:07:13 +0000

WOW! This collection of high resolution images came from he Mars Camera, CaSSIS (Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System) on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and are among the first to be released. The CaSSIS was developed by a team from the University of Bern led by Prof. Nicolas Thomas from the Center of Space […]

Mimas and Saturn

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:05:02 +0000

Be sure to check out our page on Mimas.   Saturn’s icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet’s enormous rings. Because Mimas (near lower left) appears tiny by comparison, it might seem that the rings would be far more massive, but this is not the case. Scientists think the rings are no more than […]

The Little Friend

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:04:55 +0000

NASA’s caption: A snapshot of the life cycle of stars has been captured where a stellar nursery is reflecting X-rays from a source powered by an object at the endpoint of its evolution. This discovery, described in our latest press release, provides a new way to study how stars form. This composite image shows X-rays […]

Millennium Tower Sinking?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:30:33 +0000

The sinking of the Millennium Tower has already sunk over 400 mm / 16 inches. As you would expect this is causing quite a lot of problems, summed up nicely by the NY Times. The Sentinel data is rather amazing in showing how isolated the worst of the phenomenon seems to be. From ESA: Data […]

Aboard the ISS with Thomas Pesquet

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:14:07 +0000

Thomas Pesquet shares his thoughts about being aboard the ISS now that he’s been there for a few days. Video/ESA

Nearing the End of Mission – Cassini

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:12:30 +0000

Hard to believe we are nearing the end of Cassini. The ring-grazing orbits mark the start of the end. In April 2017 the Cassini to cloud top distance will have narrowed to around 1628 km / 1012 miles. In September Cassini will plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn. Video – JPL/NASA