Friday, December 17, 2010

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit Still Sleeping, Opportunity arrives at Santa Maria Crater):
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#opportunity

Too bad it wasn't Santa Claus Crater!

Picture from Santa Maria Crater and driving tips:
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20101216a.html

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Space X's Secret Cargo

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/09/5618728-spacexs-mystery-payload-revealed

... no spoilers here!

Pluto Update

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/09/5620039-pluto-in-the-spotlight-dead-or-alive

Eris is only bigger based on a model of its albedo. We won't know for sure until we visit it.

Looks Like Arsenic-based Life Paper May be Wrong

http://www.slate.com/id/2276919/pagenum/all/

Might be another Martian Meteorite Story...
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/marslife.html

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit still asleep, Opportunity goes over 16 miles):
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#spirit

Total Lunar Eclipse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2010_lunar_eclipse

You don't have to stay up too late on the West coast of North America for this one. The main eclipse starts at around 10:30 PM and is total by 11:40 PM.

Keep looking up.

SpaceX Update

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/spacex

What an achievement!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mystery Missile

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mystery-missile-launched-missile-off-california-coast/story?id=12097155

It was probably launched from Vandenberg Air force base in SoCal although they claim there was no launch from there and this report says it appeared to be sea launched (I don’t know how they could determine that from that contrail). If it was launched from Vandenberg, it is probably a spy satellite or maybe another one of those spy shuttles. Vandenberg is used for polar orbiting (north/south) satellites. A polar orbiting satellite will cover the whole Earth.

Update:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/11/mystery-missile-is-probably-a-jet/

Probably a jet?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit still sleeping, Opportunity still driving to Endeavour Crater):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#spirit

Pictures:
Spirit (before it went to sleep, it found evidence of subsurface water!):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20101028a.html

Monday, August 16, 2010

Finding E.T.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38727371/ns/technology_and_science-space/

He thinks they will find E.T. in the next 25 years. I doubt he will find what he is looking for, but we are likely to find out if there is any microbial life on Mars with 25 years.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

SOFIA Update

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/95311074.html

It was worth waiting for.

Akatsuki Update

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/94712529.html

Onto Venus!

Looks like they are going to beat the Planetary Society to a solar sail.

E-ELT Update

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/92195669.html

Location, Location, Location!

Solar Dynamics Observatory Info

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/91810959.html

Hayabusa Hoping

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/89510417.html

I'm hoping...

Mercury Photos

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/88874312.html

Not bad!

Phenom Phobos

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/87715912.html

Nice!