Category Archives: Space Exploration

Video: Pluto’s Moons Oddly Shaped Hydra and Color Nix Images Reach Earth

YouTube/VideoFromSpace: Hydra and Nix were snapped by NASA’s New Horizons’ mission from a distance of ~600,000 kilometers on July 13th and again on July 14th at a distance of 231,000 kilometer/143,000 miles (Hydra) and 165,000 kilometers/102,000 miles (Nix). The Nix … Continue reading

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Seeing Pluto in a New Light

NASA Press Conference Following Successful Flyby of Pluto YouTube/NASA: NASA officials and team members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto participate in a news conference featuring release of close-up images of Pluto’s surface and moons, and initial reactions from … Continue reading

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Pluto Has Been Flown By! Closest Approach Celebration Video

YouTube/VideoFromSpace: The New Horizons’ team and a room full to capacity at the mission’s control center outside of Baltimore, Maryland celebrated with the rest of the world at the exact time of the Pluto (7:49 EDT, July 14th, 2015). Best … Continue reading

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Climate Change Found on Pluto

As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, a scientific paper by Eilliot, et al., reveals climate change is occurring on Pluto. Pluto reached perihelion (closest approach) around the sun years ago. Incredibly, between 1988 and 2002, Pluto’s atmospheric pressure doubled. … Continue reading

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NASA Says New Horizons Pluto Probe Back Online After Losing Contact on Sunday

NASA experienced an “anomaly” with the New Horizons space probe on Sunday, temporarily losing  contact with the spacecraft. Via JHUAPL.edu: NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for … Continue reading

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NASA Plans To Send Submarine To Explore Titan

By: Brendan Byrne ValueWalk.com NASA is planning to build the first ever robotic submersible to explore the solar system, and hopes to send it to Saturn’s moon Titan. The lack of liquid water on most celestial bodies means that our exploration of … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Unmanned NASA Antares Rocket Explodes on Launch [Video]

That’s a problem. Via KATC.com: A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. … Continue reading

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Russia to Ban US from Using Space Station Over Ukraine Sanctions

In retaliation for imposing sanctions, Russia will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites (Reuters) — Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket … Continue reading

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European Spacecraft to Land on Comet in 2014 [Animation]

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will deploy its Philae lander to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in Nov. 2014. Its expected to deliver for several weeks to several months, depending on how long it takes the solar cells to be covered in dust. … Continue reading

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Spacewalkers Remove Refrigerator-Sized Pump from Space Station

A malfunctioning cooling pump was removed in the first of a multiple space walk repair mission for ISS astronauts. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed Spacewalk #1 on Dec. 21, 2013. Read more here.

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