Tag Archives: NASA

Falcon 9 First Stage Landing

“The booster has landed. Spaceflight took a step toward the less expensive last week when the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket set down on a landing pad not far from its Florida launch. Previously, most rocket stages remained … Continue reading

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Pluto: From Mountains To Plains

“What do the sharpest views ever of Pluto show? As the robotic New Horizons spacecraft moves into the outer Solar System, it is now sending back some of the highest resolution images from its historic encounter with Pluto in July. … Continue reading

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Into The Void

“Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1965, Edward White stepped out of the orbiting Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first US astronaut to walk in space. White is captured in this photo taken by mission commander James McDivit from … Continue reading

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Wright Mons On Pluto

“Long shadows are cast by a low Sun across this rugged looking terrain. Captured by New Horizons, the scene is found just south of the southern tip Sputnik Planum, the informally named smooth, bright heart region of Pluto. Centered is … Continue reading

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Assembly Of The International Space Station

“It is the largest and most sophisticated object ever built off the Earth. It has taken numerous spaceflights and over a decade to construct. The International Space Station (ISS) is currently the premiere habitat for humans in Earth orbit, and … Continue reading

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Charon: Moon Of Pluto

“A darkened and mysterious north polar region informally known as Mordor Macula caps this premier high-resolution portrait of Charon, Pluto’s largest moon. Captured by New Horizons near its closest approach on July 14, the image data was transmitted to Earth … Continue reading

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International Space Station 15th Anniversary Of Human Habitation

Chris Hadfield tweeted out a link to this infographic, detailing 15 years of human habitation aboard the International Space Station. It’s an incredible achievement. What I like most about it is the wealth of science that has been done, and which is … Continue reading

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Science Vs. Cinema: The Martian

How accurate is the science in Ridley Scott’s latest film “The Martian“? Many science fiction films tend to be just that: fiction. Some of them are more fantastical than others, and some are much more grounded in reality. Where does The … Continue reading

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NASA Apollo Mission Photos

Thanks to the Project Apollo Archive, over 13000 photos of the various manned Apollo missions to the moon between the years of 1961 and 1972 have been uploaded online. The results are really incredible to browse through (the BBC has a collection … Continue reading

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Tonight: A Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

“Tonight a bright full Moon will fade to red. Tonight’s moon will be particularly bright because it is reaching its fully lit phase when it is relatively close to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. In fact, by some measures … Continue reading

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