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All posts tagged "NASA"

  • More celestial goodness as Juno delivers landmark Jupiter snap

    NASA marked a rather huge milestone a few weeks ago when it's Juno probe successfully entered into orbit around Jupiter on 4 July. The probe also carries a tiny camera, for the main purpose of letting the public go for a "ride" to the Jovian system. Now, the first photo has been beamed back to Earth, showing the gas giant from orbit. The photo was taken six days after Juno's rendezvous, being roughly 4.3-million kilometres away from the planet, on the outbound leg of its initial orbit, NASA explained. The space agency added that better quality snaps were still a few weeks away, with the...

  • NASA’s Juno probe is now orbiting Jupiter, sends time-lapse too

    Sending a probe millions of kilometres away to orbit around a gas giant is no easy feat, but NASA has managed to do just that. The space agency received confirmation of Juno's orbit around Jupiter at 5.53am SAST (11.53pm EDT). In a rather fitting note, the orbit was confirmed on the USA's Independence Day. "Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America's birthday another reason to cheer -- Juno is at Jupiter," said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden in a statement. "And what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With...

  • NASA’s Juno probe is just a week away from historic Jupiter visit

    We saw some amazing shots after the Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, delivering panoramas, detailed composite shots and much more Martian goodness. Last year saw NASA's New Horizons space probe fly past Pluto, delivering and continuing to deliver photos in unprecedented detail. The space agency isn't stopping there with the discoveries though, as its next big event will take place at Jupiter on 4 July. Yep, NASA's Juno probe is just five days away from visiting the gas giant in what will be the closest orbit yet. How close though? Well, it'll be flying roughly 5000km above Jupiter's clouds at its closest approach. In fact, Juno has already sent a...

  • NASA to host global hackathon aimed at fixing life on Earth and in space

    NASA and IBM’s Bluemix cloud services are sponsoring a worldwide hackathon, The Space App Challenge. The hackathon aims to challenge participants to produce relevant open source solutions for both life on Earth and in space. Despite being called The Space App Challenge, NASA insists the competition is not only about apps but also about challenges that involve robotics, data visualisation, hardware, design, and many other elements. The event will take place on 11 and 12 April 2015 and will be preceded by a bootcamp event on 10 April 2015 to be live-streamed globally. The themes for the challenge include: Earth,...

  • NASA launches 3 Android phones into orbit: awesomeness ensues

    NASA recently rocketed three HTC Nexus One smartphones into orbit and the stuff they're sending back is pretty damn cool. The phones were launched as part of what is called the PhotoSat Project. It’s run on the premise of combining low-cost with high-performance. It showcases “off-the-shelf, commercially available tech.” The use of non-traditional NASA hardware shows us how powerful our everyday-devices really are. That’s something we often take for granted. As shown in the picture above, these Nexi are currently orbiting the Earth, taking snapshots and sending off radio transmissions. Since the launch, a bunch of radio broadcasting companies...

  • Elon Musk wants to go to Mars… you can go too

    Billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has his sights firmly set on Mars. Yes you read that correctly. After the very successful venture with NASA ferrying International Space Station equipment on his company's Dragon spacecraft, Musk has futuristic plans to colonise Mars. "At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk said after receiving an award from the RaeS for his contributions to...

  • 9 of our favourite images from the ‘NASA mohawk guy’ meme

    Unless you've just woken up from a coma, or have been tracking dangerous animals in wild over the past few days, you're probably aware that NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. Millions watched the live stream, the NASA geeks went wild and people sent out some funny tweets. Standing out above them all though was Bobak, 'mohawked NASA dude' Ferdowski. The flight director, who changes his hairstyle for every new mission, has captured hearts around the world. And of course, once he came to the internet's attention, he became a meme. Memeburn picked out nine of our favourite images from...

  • First photos from Mars Curiosity Rover reach Earth

    Take a moment to reflect on what I'm about to tell you. Just 30 minutes after it landed, the Mars Curiosity Rover sent back its first images from the Martian surface. Thirty minutes? That's how long it takes some of us to eat our breakfast cereal in the morning. The NASA mission is designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. The exploratory vehicle today landed inside the Gale Crater and was sending pictures back to Earth within minutes. The craft's first image from the Red Planet has already been...

  • Space X Dragon to return to earth today

    Attention, earthlings: the Space X Dragon capsule is on its way home. Well, if by 'way' you mean hurtling through the atmosphere and 'home' you mean a splash-landing in the Pacific Ocean. The first privately funded and built space craft to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) left earth just over a week ago and was captured by the ISS on 25 May. After spending five days attached to the station while...

  • Russian satellite shows off Earth’s beauty in highest res ever

    Wow. Just wow. There's nothing quite like a view of our humble little planet taken from space to give you a sense of perspective. You can't get much clearer perspective than this stunning 121 Megapixel shot of the Earth taken by a Russian weather satellite. The image, which is the clearest shot of the planet to date, was taken with a single shot, unlike NASA's updated 'Blue Marble' image which is a...

  • SA Space Agency looks to cyberspace for help with real space

    The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has put out a call on Facebook and Twitter for the country’s citizens to have a say in the drafting of the National Space Programme (NSP). According to agency’s website, the aim of the NSP is to "make South Africa a leading space player by 2030". The site also invites South Africans to share their "thoughts on 'Space Vision 2030' via the face book...

  • Space shuttle embraces social networking as its Swansong approaches

    As NASA winds down its Space Shuttle programme, it is using social media to grant the public unprecedented access to the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Having already retired the Space Shuttle Discovery, this is the last mission for Endeavour. The public access currently given to the Endeavour via social networks, gives off a feeling of a zoo trip to see the last of a dying species. Except the whole time you’re there the zoo keeper has a rifle aimed at the back of the animal’s head. Nonetheless, you too can join the pope and the children of...

  • NASA announces arsenic-eating bacterium, ending ‘alien life’ speculation

    So what were you expecting? A real-life alien to waltz out onto stage? Pictures of life lived happily on another planet? Intense speculation and wild theorising came to an end after NASA's press conference to announce the discovery of an arsenic-eating bacterium. The space agency had created monumental online buzz with its mysterious announcement of a news conference on Thursday to discuss a scientific finding that relates to the hunt for life beyond the planet Earth. Alien speculators went into overdrive. The truth is far less dramatic, but could eventually be equally as profound. The news that a...