News, Space

NASA considers adding helicopter drone to next gen Mars rover

The next followup rover to Curiosity will feature a helicopter drone add-on. Image: NASA

The next Mars exploration rover will likely feature a helicopter drone, which is expected to act as scouting drone to improve navigation. According to officials at NASA JPL, the drone could help the rover cover three times the distance Curiosity drives on a daily basis. We have Curiosity to thank for loads of new insights concerning’s Mars’ past, present and

Did you know?, Physics, Space

How fire burns in zero gravity

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In space, of course, you can’t have any fires because there isn’t any oxidizer (i.e. oxygen) to sustain the combustion process. Inside a spacecraft or in the International Space Station, however, things are a bit different. Inside you have the same air mixture as on Earth, but because gravity is millions of times smaller an open flame behaves significantly different.

News, Observations, Space

Say Cheese: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Takes Its 100 millionth photo!

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It’s a remarkable day for NASA and space observations: the Solar Dynamics Observatory has taken its 100,000,000th photo! The mission, which has been in continuous operation since 2010 has greatly contributed to our understanding of the Sun and the Sun-Earth relationship.

Alien life, News, Space

Asteroids Had Long Lasting Magnetic Field, Potentially Harboring and Protecting Life

A pallasite - a rare type of meteorite which researchers studied here. Image via Wiki Commons.

The magnetic field of asteroids lasted for a surprisingly long time, a new research has found. According to it, it may have lasted for millions and millions of years – long enough to potentially protect life forms hitching through the solar system. Asteroids and Life Asteroids are considered to be minor planets, with the larger ones even being called planetoids.

News, Space, Technology

Google Invests $1 billion in SpaceX for Global Internet

Elon Musk, the mastermind behind SpaceX. Image via ABC News.

SpaceX, the company responsible for shipping cargo on and off the International Space Station, which wants to implement global access to the internet with a swarm of satellites, has confirmed a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity.

Space

Upcoming Space Events of 2015

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I recently came across this really great infographic with the space events of 2015. This list is of course not exhaustive and some things may change their date (it’s still just January), but it’s a pretty good reference. Check it out: So, the main events are: Atlas V MUOS 3 Rocket Launch 2015 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium Jan