Category: NASA

Feb 20 2014

Martian Dunes Look Like They’re About to Take Flight

Thanks to the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter we get to see what some of the dune on mars look like. NASA describes them as V-shaped because of the wind. Which I’m sure is true and all but I think they look more like the communicator badges from Star Trek. In this image …

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Feb 17 2014

Mystery Solved: No Jelly Donut Deliveries to Mars

Remember a couple of weeks ago when the Mars Rover discovered a rock the size and shape of a jelly doughnut that mysteriously appeared out of no where? The people at NASA started calling the rock Pinnacle Island which just served to increase the mystery.  The theories on where the rock came from were many …

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Jan 22 2014

Must be Aliens: Robot Discovers New Life Under Antartica

Back in 2010 the National Science Foundation was doing a lot of experimental drilling in Antarctica. We knew about the drilling back then, at least I did because I pay attention, but the report on what was found was just released last month. I’m guessing this is because the scientists needed time to edit the …

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Jan 16 2014

I’ll do it: Send a Message to an Astroid

NASA has put out an invitation for everyone to have their name etched on a microchip and then fired at a passing asteroid. I’m guessing this is in a hope to make future visiting life forms more friendly to those with familiar names. Everybody who thinks space is cool go try this out. You’ll be …

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Dec 12 2013

Keeping Mars Clean: NASA’s Cleaning Procedures Under a Microscope

We’ve all seen photos of NASA technicians working on their satellites or space-bots wearing clean suits. Have you ever wondered why? I always assumed that they wanted to keep things clean just so that their experiments worked better. A solar panel covered in snot or a camera lens with a fingerprint tend to cause problems …

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Dec 11 2013

We’ll Call Her Peggy: Saturn Births a Moon

See that little bright clump at the bottom of Saturn’s outer ring? Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London and colleagues were looking at pictures of the small moon Prometheus taken by NASA’s Cassini orbiter and they noticed the bright spot. First thing they did? Name it Peggy. Second thing? Speculate that it may …

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Dec 06 2013

No Longer Want to Visit: Saturn’s Hexagon Hurricane

Recently NASA has released a “movie” they’ve made of the hurricane on Saturn’s North Pole. I use the term “movie” here because that’s what they called it, it’s really more of a slide show. The video consists of 128 images captured over 10 hours last December that display the rotation of the hurricane on Saturn. …

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Nov 18 2013

Take Me With You: NASA set to Launch Rocket to Mars Today

NASA is set to launch a rocket to Mars this afternoon. At 1:28 PM EST this afternoon to be exact. Unfortunately they’re denied my application to ride this baby to the red planet. They rejected my plan to terraform the planet with only the use of a shovel, a bucket, and gasses produced by the …

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Sep 26 2013

I’m Moving: Interactive Mad of Earth-Like Planets

Have you ever wondered where you’re going to move when the earth is all used up? If not, what are you doing with your time? I spend fully half of my waking hours thinking about hypotheticals. People around me think I need to focus on them, they don’t realize that I can’t focus on any …

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Aug 27 2013

For Sale: Space Shuttle Launch Pad

Regardless of what you heard on the radio yesterday, NASA is not selling off the crawlers they use to transport the space shuttle to the launch pad. It’s the launch pads themselves for which NASA is looking for buyers. They’ve been using the pad since 1967 so it’s seen Apollo and Space Shuttle Missions. NASA …

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