Space Exploration is a challenging, complex and very expensive endeavour. Any mission scenario is different and similarly challenging from the other. Currently the major space agencies are working towards destinations where human beings could one day live, such as the Moon and Mars. From my point of view both Celestial bodies are important for the future of exploration, for different reasons. The Moon for its vicinity to us and its strong relation with our wonderful planet; Mars being the only planet in our solar system that for distance and basic characteristics could be a realistic target for long duration space exploration. Nevertheless, and in order to achieve solid results it is very important to synchronise as much as possible the technological developments. If we wish one day to have humans living outside Earth, a clear step no matter the target shall be detailed by scientific characterisation and knowledge of the corresponding environments. We still need to understand how to protect our astronauts from the harsh space environment, how to use the planetary local resources for refurbishment or life support, get to know if there has been life on a certain surface and what happened, so on.The list of technologies needed for the next big move in space can be very large and different depending on the final target. For sure, launch vehicles are still a limit for space exploration in general, and even more in the case of human space exploration. We are still very young in in situ resources, utilisation and exploitation, in radiation protection, etc. Regarding Martian rovers an evident key area is giving them as much autonomy and long traverse capabilities as possible. The latter clearly for a wider access to the planetary surface. Regarding on board autonomy it is essential to increase as much as possible the scientific return, robustness and reliability, on board resources optimisation, the future collaboration with astronauts, etc.
A summer intern has made the first discovery ever through NASA s newest planet finding program. Many astronomers and physicists spend their whole careers trying to discover new worlds in the universe. For a teen intern at NASA, it took him three days.
PASADENA, Calif. NASAs planet hunting TESS mission has discovered multiple intriguing planets since it first began searching the sky in the summer of 2018. But a high school searching through data gathered by TESS contributed to its latest discovery. The pl Read More
Just three days into his internship, little did 17 year old Wolf Cukier realise that he is going to make history in helping NASA discover its first Earth size planet resting in its star''s habitable zone the way our Earth rests in its Goldilocks zone.
Last summer, Wolf Cukier, had just completed his junior year at Scarsdale High School in New York when he joined NASA;s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland for a summer internship. NASA assigned him to look at star brightness variations that had been recorded by the space program;s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which aims to find planets outside the Earth;s solar system.About three days into his internship, Cukier noticed a signal from a system named "TOI 1338. "
Water might escape Mars more effectively than previously thought, potentially helping to explain how the Red Planet lost its seas, lakes and rivers, a new study finds.
Our goal is to see if we can find a planet that is similar to Earth one that can support life, said Professor Scott Gaudi, a researcher at Ohio State University and part of the HabEx science community chairs. He and his colleagues from MIT and NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory presented the mission concept on December 13 at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 in San Francisco.NASA website describes the HabEx as a large stable optical telescope in space with "unprecedented resolution " to directly image exoplanets and enable galactic, extragalactic, and solar system astrophysics. The agency says that the HabEx concept is ripe for development, being both technologically and scientifically implementable in the next decade.
The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.The rover has been constructed in a large, sterile room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, near Los Angeles, where its driving equipment was given its first successful test last week.
With launch just seven months away, NASA;s Mars 2020 rover passed its first driving test on 17 December, demonstrating the six wheel nuclear powered spacecraft can auto navigate around obstacles, climb over relatively large obstructions and manoeuvre as required. "Mars 2020 has earned its driver ''s license, " said Rich Rieber, the lead mobility systems engineer for the Mars 2020 project at NASA ''s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The test unambiguously proved that the rover can operate under its own weight and demonstrated many of the autonomous navigation functions for the first time. This is a major milestone for Mars 2020. "
Full screen 1 10 Read more on:Top Gear TV Top Gear s Christmas special is coming your way, 29 December at 9pm on BBC Two. And, if you want a little preview, you can follow along with our trio s adventures using mapping technology from what3words .Pretty much does what it says on the tin, really. The service divides up the world like, the entire planet into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, and each square has a unique three word address.
The UN estimates around 1.4 billion people travel internationally each year. Despite the world s citizens being warned to curb their carbon footprint, this figure shows no sign of slowing down. The UN s world tourism branch expects this number to hit 1.8 billion by 2030.
US space agency NASA has released ”unexpected and surprising ” information about a new finding on Mars. The red planet is being studied by MAVEN, the first spacecraft specifically designed to study the Mars upper atmosphere, in order to better understand the evolution of its climate. By measuring windspeed and direction near the top of the atmosphere, MAVEN has discovered that high altitude wind currents are being disturbed by terrain features far below.NASA called the discovery ”unexpected and surprising ” and it now means MAVEN can sense the presence of mountains and valleys on the surface of Mars while skimming the edge of space.
"It #x27;s a leftover remnant of planet formation process in an alien system of planets, " said Greg Laughlin, a professor of astronomy at Yale University, in an interview with Quirks amp; Quarks host Bob McDonald. Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov first spotted the comet in the constellation Cancer in August. It #x27;s since been named after him: comet 2I Borisov.
Washington: A type of aurora in Mars first identified by NASA s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is the most common form of the lights occurring on the Red Planet, according to a study which can help track water loss from the Red Planet s atmosphere. The study, noted that aurora on the Earth are commonly seen as colourful displays of light in the night sky near the polar regions.However, the researchers from NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the US, said the phenomenon on Mars, called a proton aurora, happens during the day and gives off ultraviolet light.
Climate Change is warming the planet and creating weather patterns that can cause to colder weather. Global warming can seem like an abstract concept when the thermometer is dropping and the ice is building up on your car windshield. But the counterintuitive fact is that they are connected. Weather models show that our increasingly warm planet is causing unstable day to day anomalies across the globe, and some of those are causing colder temperatures.
Nathan Pyle fills the pages of his new book Strange Planet with big eyed, bright blue aliens from a planet that shares a lot in common with Earth. These aliens sunbathe, sneeze and even wish each other sweet dreams like us, but they describe these practices with deadpan technical terminology like "sun damage" and "face fluid explosions." The lifegiver aliens even implore their offspring to "imagine pleasant nonsense" as they tuck them in for the night.
The Milky Way is a large barred spiral galaxy, the galaxy that contains our Solar System. With a diameter between 150,000 and 200,000 light years, it is estimated that the galaxy hosts almost 100 400 billion stars and more than 100 billion planets.Estimating the mass of our home galaxy, or any world is especially troublesome. A world incorporates not just stars, planets, moons, gases, dust, and other objects and material, yet additionally a big helping of dark matter, an unknown and invisible type of matter that isn ''t yet wholly comprehended and has not been legitimately distinguished in the lab. Astronomers and cosmologists, in any case, can gather the presence of dark matter through its gravitational effect on visible objects.
Directed by Krishnakumar Balasubramanian (KK), the show features artistes like Rohini Rau, Lavita Lobo, Gladwin, Shabeer, Ashwin, Ananya Ramaprasad, Namaratha, Rajshree Das, Harish Kumar and Pranav Giridharan, with over 40 children from The Little Theatre group. The plot of theshow, titled Popaii in Hawaii, goes like this mdash; the hero Popaii (as he is called in the show) is returning home to Hawaii to meet his childhood love, Olive. The island of Hawaii holds the precious lsquo;Heart of the Ocean ' that is responsible for keeping the earth in one piece. Prophecy has it that when the heart of the ocean is stolen, the world will erupt into chaos. The earth, the sea and the sky will turn against each other. All living creatures will fight each other, and a hero will rise to restore balance. A diabolical villain Melon Musk engineers a genius plan to manipulate the powerful warriors, Tigress and Chip Chip, to retrieve the heart of the ocean, destroy the planet and escape to mars. Meanwhile, Popaii loses his ship and is stranded on a dangerous Island that could cost his life. Will Popaii ever reach the island, and the Heart of the Ocean be protected? That ''s what you will find out in the show.
I am an astrophysicist and am interested in a wide range of theoretical problems in astrophysics, from the formation of the very first galaxies to the gravitational interactions of black holes, stars and even planets. Black holes are intriguing systems, and supermassive black holes and the dense stellar environments that surround them represent one of the most extreme places in our universe.The supermassive black hole that lurks at the center of our galaxy, called Sgr A , has a mass of about 4 million times that of our Sun. A black hole is a place in space where gravity is so strong that neither particles or light can escape from it. Surrounding Sgr A is a dense cluster of stars. Precise measurements of the orbits of these stars allowed astronomers to confirm the existence of this supermassive black hole and to measure its mass. For more than 20 years, scientists have been monitoring the orbits of these stars around the supermassive black hole. Based on what we 've seen, my colleagues and I show that if there is a friend there, it might be a second black hole nearby that is at least 100,000 times the mass of the Sun.