112 posts tagged NASA
"We drew a penis on Mars."
James Webb Telescope Model at South by Southwest
As big as a tennis court and as tall as a four-story building, a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope model was on display from March 8-10 at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to Hubble and the largest space telescope to ever be built.
Slated to launch in 2018, #JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the Universe, allowing us to connect the Big Bang to the Milky Way. This night photo of the telescope is gorgeous but it was just as impressive in the daylight.
Rollin’ through tha craters, haters see ya later, my lunar rover gets mileage that would please Ralph Nader …
If you haven’t seen these lunar rover “Grand Prix” clips from NASA, I highly recommend checkin’ them out. Because you’ve always wanted a driver’s-eye view of the lunar surface! So. Amazing.
Try and hold back your compliments on my amazing lyrical skills.
Just want to drive on the moon all day.
Sorry, NASA, but big loss on that one.
Congratulations to Hillary Clinton on her last day as Secretary of State. You’ve served us all well.
The responsibility of concocting the US astronauts’ meals falls on the shoulders of NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory (SFSL). Their mission is to “…provide high-quality flight food systems that are convenient, compatible with each crew member’s physiological and psychological requirements, meet spacecraft stowage and galley interface requirements, and are easy to prepare and eat in the weightlessness of space.” Those necessities are strict confines in the composition of a spacefarer’s diet yet another factor comes into play–the degradation of the sense of taste in weightlessness. (from The Fox Is Black)
In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The book features 75 stunning images of Earth from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, EO-1, and Aqua satellites. Sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye.
This is all kinds of awesome.
NASA plans to crash a pair of small robotic science probes intothe moonnext week as part of a yearlong mission to learn what lies beneath the lunar surface, officials said on Thursday.
The twinGravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory(GRaIL) spacecraft will make suicidal plunges on Monday into a mountain near the moon’s north pole, a site selected to avoid the chance of hitting any of the Apollo or other lunar relics.
The impacts, which are not expected to be visible from Earth, will take place about 20 seconds apart at 5.28pm EST (10.28pm GMT) on Monday.
NASA (and the ESA) have long been working on a multi-planet internet that can link up spaceships, probes and rovers, but they’ve at last brought the experimentation from the broad scale to smaller dimensions. Lego bricks, to be exact. International Space Station expedition lead Sunita Williams recently steered a Lego Mindstorms robot at an ESA facility in Darmstadt while she orbited overhead, proving that future space explorers could directly control a vehicle on a planetary surface while staying out of harm’s way. As in the past, the key to the latest dry run was a Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) system; the focus was more on reliably getting packets through to the brick-based vehicle than on pure speed. As tame as that Earth-bound test drive might sound relative to an in-the-field use on a less familiar world, it demonstrates that the DTN approach can work when it really counts. We just wouldn’t hold our breath for any Martian RC car races.