Gas giant Jupiter has 79 known moons in orbit. An additional 12 have been added to the previous tally. One of the new moons, Valetudo, a kilometer, in size has an orbit that will eventually bring it into collision with retrograde outer moons. No time soon though - but any space crash will be visible from Earth.
Also saw an awful NY Post article about this trying to debunk his debunking, because irony or something?
The current crew of the International Space Station got to watch The Last Jedi without the distraction of crying kids or floors sticky with spilled soda. Just another reason to become an astronaut if you needed one.
The other day, my attention was caught by a flag for a show called Missions on Amazon’s sub-channel Shudder. The description was very spartan, but today the Beeb have announced they will be airing it on BBC Four next year. The ten-part series hails from France and is the channel’s first international drama acquisition…
So The Orville is getting a lot of flak from critics for not being the Star Trek parody that it was advertised as, but rather just...Star Trek with some jokes. io9 even had a list of five science fiction comedies they thought were better than The Orville. They just left one out, the one that made the most sense: Quark…
It seems likely that alien life has evolved somewhere in the Galaxy, given that there may be billions of habitable planets, and many of these may have existed for billions of years. If just one species in the whole of the Galaxy were able to explore using self-replicating spacecraft, then they might be able to place…
On April 20, 2017, NASA released this photo from the Cassini-Huygens probe.
Over at Mashable, there’s a good article about Russia’s ISS-bound space robot being shown off via its extra-added ability to “double fist lethal hand cannons”. It’s the “perfect” way for the Russians to show off its complex motor function skills and software by having it blast away with unnerving accuracy. Yes, it…
but so was Siberia.
which we traditionally celebrate on April 12.
The fact that a civilised species arose so early in the history of the universe means there’s a 92% chance that another civilised species will arise somewhere in the observable universe before planets stop forming altogether.
In a paper published in MNRAS last year, astronomers David Kipping and Alex Teachey showed how we could cloak the Earth using lasers. We could also do the opposite, and use lasers to broadcast our presence. If we can do this, then presumably any other intelligent, technologically advanced species can do this too.
Scientists at Harvard University have recently suggested that intelligent life forms in another galaxy may have used interstellar spacecraft billions of years ago. Their paper, co-authored by Manasvi Lingam and Abraham Loeb and entitled ‘Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails’, has just been published…
This is a video from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, from which the Soviet Union used to launch its space ships — and Russia continues to try to repeat the feat.
The current crew of the International Space Station strike their superhero poses for a group shot (alien creature taking the photo not shown). But can they do a three-point landing?
For several years, I have been making a free calendar that tracks each Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo mission in “real-time” across the calendar days. Included in the time-lines are all the major activities of each mission, like EVAs.
What is NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson doing to poor French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station?
Hey up! It’s enough to make Hacker T. Dog blush with pride! It’s a meat product, it’s from Wigan - and it has been into space. The pie in the sky is looking at you.
John Glenn, an aviation legend and the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died this afternoon at the age of 95.
The International Astronomical Union simplified the designations of several stars that have multiple name variations. One of those stars is nearby Alpha Centauri which is now officially known by an older name - Rigil Kentaurus (meaning “foot of the centaur”).