First American to orbit the earth. I’d seen he was in the hospital. He was 95.
When the Pluto Kuiper Express mission was cancelled in 2000, there seemed to be no hope for exploring the far planet (as Pluto was then classified). And that meant no good hope for a long, long time. Many planetary scientists and Pluto fans reacted in dismay, especially as it seemed to be a case of […]
Strange Saturn Vortex Swirls in Amazing NASA Photo An amazing new photo of Saturn’s north pole puts the planet’s odd hexagon-shaped jet stream and dazzling rings on display. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft exploring Saturn and its moons snapped the photo — which NASA released today (Feb. 3) — as the probe flew 1.6 million miles (2.5 […]
Looming weak solar max may herald frosty times Solar Cycle 24 is unusual on several accounts. It came late about a year, with extremely low activity recorded throughout 2009, which made astronomers shift a predicted 2012 peak to 2013. Also a few years ago the northern hemisphere of the sun became significantly more active than […]
Let’s hope it’s up to all sorts of no good. Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch here on December 11, officials said. The launch comes on […]
SpaceX Dragon blasts off to International Space Station It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring. This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly […]