Category Archives: Space

Credits: NASA

Magnetoshells , Growable Habitats, NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology

(Source NASA) – NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment that have the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities, and significantly improve current approaches to building…

New Horizons

Take an aerial flyby of Pluto

The latest images (as of Sept. 11, 2015) downloaded from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft were stitched together and rendered on a sphere to make this flyover. This animation, made with…

In the center left of Pluto’s vast heart-shaped feature – informally named “Tombaugh Regio” - lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains and has been informally named Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), after Earth’s first artificial satellite. The surface appears to be divided into irregularly-shaped segments that are ringed by narrow troughs. Features that appear to be groups of mounds and fields of small pits are also visible. This image was acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers). Features as small as one-half mile (1 kilometer) across are visible. The blocky appearance of some features is due to compression of the image.
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

NASA’s New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’

(NASA) – In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100…

MESSENGER

MESSENGER spacecraft to impact Mercury this month

(NASA) – NASA will hold a media and public event at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 16, to share scientific findings and technical accomplishments of the agency’s MErcury Surface,…

Milky Way

Milky Way as it looked 10 Billion Years ago

(NASA) – In one of the most comprehensive multi-observatory galaxy surveys yet, astronomers find that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar “baby boom,” churning out stars at a…

CME 4/5/15

Impressive CME erupts from the Sun 4/5/15, Expected impact 4/7/15

The Sun erupted with an impressive looking CME as you can see un the set of images above. This  event is expected ti impact the Earth on April 7th but…

CEres Lights

NASA’s DAWN Spacecraft spots mysterious lights on CERES

As the Dawn spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet CERES it takes ever clearer images. In this image taken from 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) away there appears to be two bright lights…

Image of the protoplanetary disk around HL Tau taken by ALMA.

Visualization of the Protoplanetary Disk Around HL Tau

(Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo) – Here we show a test of a simple code to analyze and visualize the dust structure of protoplanetary disks. The impressive image of…