Travel posters are so retro, but also so very futuristic when NASA makes some of them, for exoplanets. The freshly released set includes three exoplanets, the Kepler-186f, HD 40307g, and the Kepler-16b. Of the set, Kepler-186f is remarkable because it falls within the habitable zone of its star, which is redder and cooler than our sun. Speaking of cool, the Kepler-16b is located in a binary star system, where you could see two suns in the sky at once, much like Tattooine in Star Wars. Enjoy these posters here, or if you would like one for your room, head on to the NASA website to download (much) higher resolution versions that would be totally awesome as posters.
NASA’s new robot is named Valkyrie, is 6.2 feet tall, weighs 275 pounds, and has a name inspired by god-like females of Norse myth. The robot has been built to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), where it would be required to do several maneuvers like driving a utility vehicle, walking over uneven terrain, clearing debris, breaking through a wall, closing a valve, and connecting a fire hose. The humanoid Valkyrie looks all fit for the job description.
These beautiful images of the irregular and weird landscapes on Mars have been captured by the HiRISE probe. Mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, HiRISE has sent back nearly 30,000 images of our red neighbor, some of them from the expected alien landscapes of a different world. A selection of 150 of these images has been collected into a book titled This is Mars.
As the Minotaur V rocket carrying the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer flew off into the sky, this image was captured by photographer Ben Cooper. The image was taken from the top of the Rockefeller Center, which is about 200 miles away from NASA’s launchpad in Wallop Island, Virginia. The image captures New York …
NASA’s Curiosity Rover completed a year on Mars this August 5. Martians being an unfriendly bunch didn’t quite show up for the party, and poor Curiosity was left alone on his birthday, working all day like the hardworking rover it is. NASA decided to play a little Happy Birthday tune for Curiosity, making use of the rover’s SAM (Soil Analysis at Mars).
Humans have often looked into the sky and seen Saturn, but never have we known what our Earth would look from the vantage point of that planet. Well, now we do. As usual, it’s the pale blue dot in the sky. Saturn is 900 million miles from Earth, and the Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out with the beautiful ringed planet for a while now.
It is quite interesting that while we look at stars unfathomable distances away, we have little detail on the bodies in our solar system. But then again, we don’t know much about what goes on under the Earth’s crust, well not at least as much as we would like to know. Finally, we do know a little bit more about Mercury, the planet in our solar system closest to the sun.
The moon witnesses an ungodly number of meteorite strikes every year, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year. This video from NASA shows the largest observed explosion on moon from a meteorite that hit the satellite on March 17. The meteorite was the size of a small boulder and hit somewhere in the Mare Imbrium region of the Moon.
NASA’s Opportunity rover has been on Mars since 2003, and it seems to have completed its “true” mission after a decade on the red planet. The robot has beamed back a picture of a giant dick it drew on the surface of Mars, probably as a message to someone about all the fun the rover’s …
Going on the trail of stars from space, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station captured these beautiful long exposure shots of star trails as seen from the ISS. Don says the photographs represent a time exposure of 10 to 15 minutes, but since modern cameras allow at best a 30 second exposure, these images we see are a result of a stack of multiple 30-second exposure images stacked together.