The thought of venturing into the frozen Antarctic wilds with modem equipment is not a fun thought for most of us. Making the trek into that incredibly harsh and cold environment with technology from a century ago is insane. Yet during the golden age an Antarctic exploration, that is exactly what a number of explorers did.
China has been successful so far in its first mission to the moon. The Chinese launched their moon mission, which landed on the moon on December 14. Both the Yutu Rover and the Chang'e-3 lander have functioned as designed so far. One of the biggest tests for both the pieces of Chinese equipment is set to begin soon.
The International Space Station is seeing quite a bit of activity this Christmas week, with today’s action surrounding the installation of two high-fidelity cameras. This installation was initiated under Expedition 38 and executed by Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). This mission happens just three days after a US-based expedition (as seen in the hero image of this article) to replace faulty water pumps on the station.
In a few days, the ESA spacecraft dubbed Mars Express will streak past the largest moon of Mars, Phobos. The spacecraft will make the closest approach to Phobos ever made at only 28 miles above the surface of the moon. The catch is that Mars Express will be traveling so fast it won't be able to take photos.
NASA currently has a rover exploring Mars called Curiosity and it's not the first rover to explore the red planet. The thing that most of the rovers NASA has sent on exploration missions so far have in common is the wheel. The rovers use wheels to get around the surface of the planet for their exploration.
Researchers from UC Berkeley are working hard on making robots that are incredibly strong. Researchers at the university laboratory have created artificial robot muscles that could give a robot 1000 times the strength of a human. The robotic muscles are said to take advantage of special properties of a material called vanadium dioxide.
Finding a message in a bottle in a remote part of the world is something that you might think would only happen in a work of fiction. However, that is exactly what has happened with a discovery made by researchers working on Ward Hunt Island in the Arctic. The island is off the northern cost of Canada's most northerly Arctic island, Ellesmere.
In April of 2012, NASA offered up a video that recreated the very first Earthrise as photographed when astronauts were orbiting the moon in 1968. The first video recreation used data collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show the exact path that the Apollo 8 astronauts took over the surface of the moon.
NASA's rover Curiosity is conducting its scientific work on the surface of Mars as we speak. The rover has been tooling around on the surface of the red planet for a long time now and recently sent back the first data from rock datings that the rover has completed. During the last few days, NASA also updated the operating system for the rover.