Pluto photos continue to be shipped from New Horizon's flyby completed earlier this year, and today's are just fantastic. What you're about to see is a set of photo captured just 15 minutes after the craft's closest approach to Pluto, centering in on the plains informally known as Sputnik Planum (right) and the informally named Norgay Montes mountains on the left near the Hillary Montes near the skyline in the upper left. This first photo was captured at a distance of 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) from Pluto, and the photo shows a scene approximately 780 miles (1,250 kilometers) wide.
Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an icy grooved crust, and beneath it lies a global ocean, says NASA. Researchers for the space agency came to this conclusion due to the moon’s “very slight wobble”, which must be the result of a liquid underbelly and nothing else. Images from Cassini confirmed the belief that Enceladus holds a global ocean under the icy shell, something that itself was first indicated by data collected by the spacecraft.
This June a rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded - and with it went a couple of sets of Microsoft HoloLens holographic headsets. This SpaceX rocket's explosion was a rare occasion indeed, and a devastating one for every party involved. Jeff Norris, project manager for Project HoloLens at NASA with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, spoke up this week about how and when a new set of Microsoft's holographic headsets will be able to be launched into space.
A supermoon will be taking place on September 27th, which means a full moon will be visible when it is at the point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. However, as NASA explains, this is the first time in over 30 years that a lunar eclipse will be taking place at the exact same time. So in the evening on September 27th in the US, people will be able to view a total lunar eclipse of the largest moon we can see for over an hour.
NASA has announced a new partnership with Harmonic that will result in the first non-commercial Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) television channel in North America. Harmonic is a global company offering video delivery infrastructure, and NASA, of course, is no stranger to 4k content — most of which presently goes to the space agency’s YouTube channel. The new channel will be called NASA TV UHD.
Plans are being made at NASA to dispatch two probes within the next 10 years to explore moons for their potential to support life. The first location, already decided on, is Jupiter's moon Europa, and being considered for the second is Enceladus, a satellite of Saturn. The two bodies are covered in ice, but it's believed under that surface are oceans of water, which astrobiologists think are the best chances at finding alien life.
It's been some time since NASA's New Horizons probe completed its flyby of Pluto, but the agency has just released the first batch of latest images to get sent back to Earth. Among the stunning new views of the dwarf planet are a mosaic that gives the perspective of being 1,100 miles (1,800km) above its equator, along with a variety of images showing the diverse landscape, including craters, icy plains, and valleys.
The NASA logo of the '70s was called "the worm" and I can see where that name came from. The font used for the letters in the logo looked like a fat earthworm twisted into the letters needed to spell out NASA. As a high tech space agency, it comes as no surprise that NASA has a manual for just about everything.
Earlier this year, NASA's Dawn spacecraft returned an image of the dwarf planet Ceres showing, among other things, an unusually bright spot. NASA received and published more images of this bright spot -- which turned out to be multiple spots -- as the spacecraft grew nearer. We've once again been graced with another image, this one taken so closely to the mystery spots that we clearly see big and small jagged specks of gleaming light.
NASA's Curiosity rover keeps snapping pictures of things that look like other things, and some people insist it's all proof of a grand conspiracy and/or aliens. We haven't actually stumbled upon an alien yet (at least as far as we've been told), but we have come across rocks that look like rats, crabs, a woman, a pyramid, pieces of old houses, and whatever other images your brain forms from the rumble. And now, a spoon...but not just any ol' spoon.
NASA's latest test in preparing for a manned mission to Mars began on Friday last week, with six people entering a small dome in Hawaii where they will remain for one full year. The voluntary isolation experiment has a crew of four Americans; a pilot, architect, doctor/journalist, and soil scientist; along with a French astrobiologist and German physicist. The group will live together in a dome that measures 36 feet wide and 20 feet tall, and can only outside if wearing a full spacesuit.