NASA Tests Water Powered Spacecraft in Orbit

NASA Tests Water Powered Spacecraft in Orbit Picture two tissue box-sized spacecraft orbiting Earth. Then picture them communicating, and using a water-powered thruster to approach each other. If you can do that, then you’re up to speed on one of the activities of NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP.) It’s all part of NASA’s effort […]

One Year, Almost 1,000 Planetary Candidates. An Update On TESS

One Year, Almost 1,000 Planetary Candidates. An Update On TESS NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Telescope launched back in April, 2018. After a few months of testing, it was ready to begin mapping the southern sky, searching for planets orbiting stars relatively nearby. We’re just over a year into the mission now, and on July 18th, […]

The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 3

The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 3 During the development of the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory (see Part 1 and Part 2 for the complete backstory), an inauspicious event occurred sometime during 1965-1966, while the Gemini missions were going on. The Gemini program helped NASA get ready for […]

Maybe Dark Matter is Warm, Not Cold

Maybe Dark Matter is Warm, Not Cold A new study by an international team of scientists considers the possibility that dark matter might be “warm” instead of cold. The post Maybe Dark Matter is Warm, Not Cold appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 2

The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 2 In the late 1950’s, before NASA had any intentions of going to the Moon – or needing a computer to get there — the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory had designed and built a small prototype probe they hoped would one day fly to Mars (read the background […]

Elon Musk Outlines the Next Few Weeks of Starship Tests

Elon Musk Outlines the Next Few Weeks of Starship Tests According to recent statements and images from their facilities, SpaceX is making progress and will have big news for us on August 24th! The post Elon Musk Outlines the Next Few Weeks of Starship Tests appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Carnival of Space #623

Carnival of Space #623 This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #623. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. […]

Rock Almost Rolled Into This Crater on the Moon… Almost

Rock Almost Rolled Into This Crater on the Moon… Almost The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recently spotted a boulder that had rolled downhill inside the Antoniadi crater, very nearly landing in another, smaller crater. The post Rock Almost Rolled Into This Crater on the Moon… Almost appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

The Light Sail is Working… It’s Working!

The Light Sail is Working… It’s Working! Good news from The Planetary Society: LightSail 2’s solar sail is functioning as intended. After launching on June 25th, then deploying its solar sail system on July 23rd, mission managers have been working with the solar sail to optimize they way LightSail 2 orients itself towards the Sun. […]

The Moon is Older Than Scientists Thought

The Moon is Older Than Scientists Thought The most comprehensive and widely-held theory of how the Moon formed is called the ‘giant impact hypothesis.’ That hypothesis shows that about 150 million years after the Solar System formed, a roughly Mars-sized planet named Theia collided with Earth. Though the timeline is hotly-debated in the scientific community, […]