Category Archives: Exploration

Going higher, further, longer, deeper.

Chinese Rover Lands on the Moon

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On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme. Continue reading…

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A White Rabbit Heads for the Moon

A Long March 3B rocket carrying China's Chang'e 3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center early Monday Beijing time. Image: China Daily/Reuters

As of this writing, the Mangalyaan spacecraft has passed the Moon’s orbit and is heading in to deep space. Hot on it’s heels, so to speak, is China’s Long March 3B rocket carrying the Yutu rover to its destination on the Moon. Continue reading…

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Shutting Down Science

As the government shutdown slouches toward its second week, government science programs face delays, shuttering, or cancellation. Continue reading…

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Is There a Future for US Manned Space Flight?

Humans on Mars; how it might have been.

With regard to its future, NASA faces a no less heart wrenching question than Solomon and the baby. Continue reading…

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NASA paywalls first papers arising from Curiosity rover, I am setting them free

So what does NASA do to reward this outpouring of public interest (not to mention to $2.5 billion taxpayer dollars that made it possible)? They publish the first papers to arise from the project behind a Science magazine’s paywall. Continue reading…

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Sic Transit Voyager

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Readers of this blog will recall that we have discussed this before; in June 2012 and again in October 2012 we noted news items from NASA their belief that this venerable probe had indeed passed into the realm of the interstellar like Tennyson’s Ulysses, “To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.” Continue reading…

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Curiosity Captures Image of Martian Solar Eclipse

This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Continue reading…

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Follow the Voyages of Oceanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

NOAA has a wonderful set of live feed cameras that are quite addictive to anyone at all interested in the fun and thrill of exploration. These video feeds chronicle the travels of their research vessel Oceanos Explorer. Continue reading…

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Greg Kennedy Selected as Astronaut Candidate

Citizen Astronaut Greg Kennedy.

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has announced the selection of its fifth citizen-astronaut candidate. Continue reading…

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Forty-Four Years Later: F-1 engine salvaged from ocean floor is from Apollo 11 rocket

Recovery of anything from three miles beneath the ocean’s surface is a significant achievement, of course, but the very rocket engines that flew humans to their first lunar landing are obviously of particular historical importance. Continue reading…

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