At Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, a granite plaque marks the spot where space shuttle Discovery's nose gear came to a stop at the conclusion of STS-133, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Permanent reminders indicate where on the runway the orbiters Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis stopped rolling as each finished its last mission in 2011. In addition to the granite markers, which are installed alongside the runway, there are etchings in the grooved concrete along the runway's centerline to mark each wheelstop. The etchings and markers were created and installed by local artist Chad Stout of C Spray Glass Blasting in Cocoa, Fla. 03/08/2013
This closeup shows the words of the plaque unveiled Jan. 29, 2004, that was dedicated in memory of the orbiter Columbia and her seven-member crew who were lost in the tragic accident Feb. 1, 2003, as they returned to Earth from mission STS-107. The dedication of the plaque was made in front of the 40-member preservation team in the “Columbia room,” a permanent repository in the Vehicle Assembly Building of the debris collected in the aftermath of the accident. 01/29/2004
Shown upside down to read the names, this plaque commemorating the STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia crew now looks over the Mars landscape after the successful landing and deployment of the Mars Exploration Rover “Spirit” Jan. 4 onto the red planet. The plaque, mounted on the high-gain antenna, is shown while the rover underwent final checkout March 28, 2003, in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC. 01/06/2004
One of the most impressive impact structures on Mars: Hooke crater on the northern edge of the 1800 km-wide Argyre basin, excavated in a giant collision about 4 billion years ago. This image from ESA's Mars Express, taken 20 April 2014.
El viernes 26 de septiembre de 2014 busca la Luna tan pronto se oculte es Sol. Aproximadamente a partir de las 20:00 horas (Tiempo del Centro) la encontrarás y tan pronto oscurezca lo suficiente, observarás su luz cenicienta. La Luna creciente esboza una delgada sonrisa sobre el horizonte oeste después del atardecer y la Tierra ilumina sutilmente el resto de su cara. Con unos prismáticos o binoculares verás los mares en el lado oscuro de la Luna. Han transcurrido pocos días desde la Luna Nueva.
El sábado 27 de septiembre de 2014 a las 20:45 horas (Tiempo del Centro) la Luna está en la constelación de Libra a punto de ocultar a Saturno. La Luna se pierde de vista antes que empiece la ocultación. En el norte del Océano Pacífico se observa que Saturno queda oculto tras el disco de la Luna. En Tiempo Universal, el evento acontece el 28 de septiembre de 2014 a las 04:46 horas.
2009 FG19 is passing earth today September 26, 2014 at 0.0890 AU or 34.6 lunar distances. It has a comet like orbit because its Jupiter Tisserand parameter T_jup = 2.391 which is < 3 NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data determined the object has a low optical albedo with a diameter of 1.7 km The object has not displayed comet activity in observations but may be an inactive comet. Its inclination of 54 degrees is higher than the typical short period Jupiter family comet. NASA Goldstone radar is planning to observe it. It is currently at V magnitude 15.1 with 110 degrees elongation in the morning sky if you wish to observe this curious object while it is bright.
Russia Plans To Spend $8B On Space Station Through 2025: Report
Amid tensions surrounding international space collaboration, Russia is planning to spend $8 billion (321 billion rubles) on the International Space Station between 2016 and 2025, according to a Russian state agency report.
Mars Rover Battles ‘Amnesia’ In Middle Of Red Planet Road Trip
No science data is missing after the Opportunity Mars rover had a brief “amnesia” event last week, NASA said in an update posted yesterday (Sept. 23). The hiccup occurred a few days after the rover had a reformat to correct ongoing memory problems that were stopping it from doing its mission.
After a two day chase through space, a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule completed its orbital ballet and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) today, Sept. 23, packed with some 2.5 tons of ground breaking science experiments and supplies for the human crew.
The New Season Begins! Astronomy Cast Ep. 351: Asteroid Adventures
Astronomy Cast’s 2014/15 season begins! With Rosetta’s arrival at Comet 67/P, we’re about to see a comet up close and personal. What will it take to explore, exploit and enjoy the asteroids and comets hurtling around our Solar System. And how does science fiction have it all wrong??