Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 06:29
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that its Mars rover Curiosity has found a dark grey, golf-ball-size object on the Red Planet that seems to be a meteorite.
Curiosity stumbled upon the so-called ‘Egg Rock’ meteorite last week, and the U.S. space agency announced its discovery yesterday, saying the small rock looks nothing like the archetypal reddish rocks that are typically found on Mars. The strange rock was found on Mount Sharp on the Red Planet.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 05:18
The ExoMars Schiaparelli lander suffered crash landing on October 19 and the European Space Agency team wasn’t sure about the fate of mission after the base station lost contact with the probe. However, soon after the incident NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provided some evidence about crash landing of the ESA probe.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 11/05/2016 - 14:27
New images released by NASA’s Mars orbiter showcase the crash site of ExoMars Schiaparelli lander in color. The European Space Agency has shared the images provided by NASA orbiter as ExoMars Schiaparelli hit the ground during a failed landing attempt on the Red Planet. ExoMars Schiaparelli reached the Meridiani Planum on Mars on October 19 and the European Space Agency lost contact with the probe. As there was no communication between the base station and Schiaparelli lander, mission team feared that the landing could have faced trouble.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:53
NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, the only American aboard the International Space Station (ISS), will have already filled out his ballot by the time when tens of millions of voters around the U.S. will be heading to polling places to cast their votes in presidential election next week.
The government-run space agency announced that astronaut Kimbrough will fill out his absentee ballot through an electronic system that has specifically been designed for astronauts.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:51
Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s proposal to fuel rockets while astronauts are present has raised safety concerns among members of the International Space Station Advisory Committee.
The NASA panel is apprehensive about the proposal as it could be risky to astronauts. Pointing out that nobody has ever been near the launch pad when a rocket was fueled; committee chairman Thomas Stafford called the proposal a “hazardous” operation.
Stephanie Schierholz, a spokesperson for the American space agency, confirmed that the two sides are pursuing talks over the issue.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 09:51
A new study has apparently solved the mystery as to why of the Moon’s orbit is slightly inclined as compared with Earth’s orbit around the Sun, by roughly 5 degrees.
Major planets in out solar system, including Earth, follow orbits around the Sun that lie within a thin, flat zone defined by the host star’s equator. Scientists believe that it is because these planets arose from a protoplanetary disk of gas & dust that once encircled the star’s midriff.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:51
Most scientists believe that the Moon came into existence after a massive collision around 4.5 billion years ago, when a Mars-sized object dubbed Theia grazed Earth. But this widely-accepted impact theory doesn’t explain how Earth’s axis turned to a more upright position and why there is a difference between orbital tilts of our planet and its only natural satellite.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 06:35
Three astronauts returned from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on a Soyuz spacecraft, marking the end of the Expedition 49 mission to the orbiting lab.
NASA said in a statement that three astronauts, viz. American astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian space agency Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Takuya Onishi floated back to Earth in the Soyuz MS-01 space capsule, making a safe landing in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at around 10.00 a.m. local time on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:07
A new warning system that will alert scientists about potentially dangerous asteroids will be able to detect near earth objects that post any threat to our planet. The experimental project termed as ‘intruder alert’ by NASA can track harmful space rocks passing too close to our planet. Many asteroids pass close to our planet and most of them still do not pose any threat.