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Category: Space: Spaceflight

Jupiter’s skies are peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms

Two research papers published in Science Magazine this week presents the latest data from Juno revealing a Jupiter peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms. Scientists have long known that Jupiter is a stormy place. But since NASA’s Juno probe reached the solar system’s largest planet last July, they’ve found it to be …

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NASA JPL: First Science From Juno at Jupiter

Scientists from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter discussed their first in-depth science results in a media teleconference on May 25, 2017. The teleconference participants were: Diane Brown, program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Jack Connerney, deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space …

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Veritasium: The Next Mission to Mars: Mars 2020

Veritasium visited NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science, and space-based astronomy missions. Some of the greatest moments in the history of space exploration have taken place at JPL. NASA’s forthcoming Mars project …

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A Brilliant Optimistic Short About How to Envision a Space Colony

Part of the National Geographic Short Film Showcase that spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. This short film spotlights how humans in twenty years from now, will live and work in space in record numbers, at least according to Rick Tumlinson, who is a …

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Joel Achenbach and Andy Weir on Getting Humans to Mars

This is a panel discussion with Joel Achenbach and Andy Weir on the potential of getting humans to Mars. Joel Achenbach is an American staff writer for The Washington Post and the author of seven books, including A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, The Grand Idea, Captured by Aliens and It Looks Like …

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Crashing Into Saturn: This Cassini Mission Is the Most Epic Yet

In this stunning National Geographic animation, watch NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begin the last chapter of its 20-year mission to Saturn. Diving deeper into Saturn’s rings than ever before, scientists hope that the data from Cassini’s final orbits will help to improve our understanding of the giant ringed planet. The probe’s last act will be to …

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The Economist: The changing space race

The space race has changed since the Soviet Union sent Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space in 1957. The fight for domination is now between private companies rather than governments.  

Ryan Weed: Have you ever imagined how interstellar travel could work?

Meet a true explorer who might lead humanity to make interstellar travel a reality by developing the world’s first antimatter rocket. Through his fascinating speech at TEDxDanubia, you will have an understanding on how positrons meet electrons to reach an energy level to travel faster and farther than you could ever imagine. The 31‐year‐old Air …

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Chris Impey: Our Future in Space

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dr. Chris Impey from the University of Arizona. He reviews humanity’s amazing achievements until today and outlines our future in space. Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on …

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NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

This three minute, 40-second long video reviews some of Cassini’s greatest accomplishments, like finding methane lakes on Titan and icy plumes on Enceladus. The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will dive through the …

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SpaceX Live: SES-10 Hosted Webcast

SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space and this time, to deliver the communications satellite SES-10 to orbit. The event is unique as it is the first time SpaceX is reusing a rocket that has already been in space. The last time it was used was in April 2016 and it landed on …

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Tom McCarten: Space Sex is Serious Business

Freelance designer/director/animator Tom McCarten and team created this little short about sex, in space. Human reproduction in space is going to be key to us living on Mars and beyond. The team writes “We’ve done almost no research into this area”, they probably missed out the word “empirical” because it’s informative and looks great.  

TED: Let’s clean up the space junk orbiting Earth | Natalie Panek

Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn’t a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental …

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ESA: Rosetta’s complete journey around the comet

Animation visualising Rosetta’s trajectory around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, from arrival to mission end. The animation begins on 31 July 2014, during Rosetta’s final approach to the comet after its ten-year journey through space. The spacecraft arrived at a distance of 100 km on 6 August, from where it gradually approached the comet and entered initial mapping …

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National Geographic: SpaceX Makes History | MARS

From executive producers Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, MARS is an epic series following a thrilling quest – in 2032 – to colonize Mars. In a unique blend of scripted drama and feature-film caliber visual effects, intercut with documentary sequences, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling …

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DNews: Do We Need A Moon Colony Before A Mars Colony?

With its thin atmosphere, cold temperature and lack of drinkable water, maybe Mars isn’t our first stop on the search for a new home planet.  

RT: Space 360: First-ever panoramic video shot at International Space Station

‘For the first time in history, we’re filming a panoramic video from the station. It means you’ll see everything we see here, with your own eyes. That’s to say, you’ll be able to feel like real cosmonauts’ – Borisenko to RT. Video presented by RT in collaboration with the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the …

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Life Noggin: How Could We Create A Second Earth?

We humans evolved on Earth, we are shaped to cope with its environment and external factors that the planet is endowed with. Earth, or Terra as it is also called, naturally suits our basic needs, it has breathable air, drinkable water, it is not to hot or to cold and there is an ecosystem that …

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NASA: Space Station Fisheye Fly-Through 4K

NASA has just released a video in which we slide along inside the International Space Station. The whole thing is filmed in 4K with a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field. Apparently, ISS isn’t a neat minimalist haven. It’s in fact cramp and full of tubes, wires, bundles, laptops and, yes, trash …

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PBS: The First Humans on Mars | Space Time

NASA recently announced that they plan to have astronauts in orbit around Mars within 25 years. Not to be outdone, Elon Musk boldly stated that he could prepare a mission to Mars within 10 years. Musk’s SpaceX plan would transport a hundred people to the red planet. Their mission wouldn’t be to visit Mars but …

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