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NASA’s 2012 Greatest Hits video

NASA's 2012 Greatest Hits video

NASA: Reaching for New Heights, a video with all the Greatest Hits of National Aeronautics and Space Administration from the past year, presented with a very nice way.

By |January 27, 2013|Categories: Space

Mining for metals on an asteroid by 2015

Mining for metals on an asteroid by 2015

Deep Space Industries intends mining for metals on an asteroid by 2015. The company is planing to find platinum, or other metals on asteroids, as they speed past Earth.

By |January 23, 2013|Categories: Space

Rare and spectacular view of Saturn

Rare and spectacular view of Saturn

Rare and spectacular view of Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn’s shadow. Also captured in this image are two of Saturn’s moons: Enceladus and Tethys.   Can you see them?    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

By |December 21, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Expedition 33 Lands

Expedition 33 Lands from ISS

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is seen shortly after it landed with Expedition 33 crew, in a remote area of Kazakhstan, on Nov. 19, 2012, from Space Station.   Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

By |November 19, 2012|Categories: Space

Saturn rings and Tethys

Saturn rings and Tethys

Saturn’s rings and Tethys were imaged in their true colors by the Cassini spacecraft. Icy bright Tethys, a moon of Saturn likely brightened from sister moon Enceladus, is visible in front of the darker rings.   Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

By |October 25, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Expedition 33 crew is preparing for launch

Expedition 33 crew is preparing for launch

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 33 crew is preparing for launch and share a playful moment during the first of two so-called “fit check” dress rehearsal sessions, on Oct. 10, 2012. Image credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

By |October 21, 2012|Categories: Space

The Pale Blue Dot [video]

Earth, The Pale Blue Dot

From Saturn, Earth would appear too small for Voyager spacecraft to make out any detail. Our planet would be just a lonely point of light. That pale dot, that’s home. That’s us. Earth is a grain of sand in the vast cosmic arena.   Carl Sagan pointed out that “all of human history has happened on that tiny pixel (shown here inside a blue circle), which is our only home” (speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994.)    Watch the amazing video

By |September 24, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena

Dawn spacecraft prepares to leave Vesta for Ceres

the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta

After spending a year examining asteroid Vesta, Dawn NASA‘s spacecraft is preparing to leave and head to the largest asteroid – dwarf planet Ceres, where it will arrive in 2015. This image shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.    Image credit: NASA    Scroll down for video

By |September 6, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Obscured by Saturn Rings

Titan obscured by Saturn Rings

In this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Saturn‘s rings obscure part of Titan‘s colorful visage.   Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI   

By |September 3, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Earth-threatening asteroids exterminator

20 ton nuclear-electric spacecraft tows a 200 meter diameter asteroid

One idea on how to change the course of an Earth-threatening asteroid, is the scenario worked out by Edward Lu and Stanley Love at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2005. A 20 ton nuclear-electric spacecraft tows a 200 meter diameter asteroid by simply hovering near the asteroid.

By |July 9, 2012|Categories: Space
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