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Friday
May 27 2016
22:43 UTC

Mars at Opposition

Mars at OppositionMars just reached opposition, a time when it is in a straight line with the Earth and Sun. Mars therefore rises at sunset and is visible all night. It is also at its brightest, because usually opposition is also when the planet is at its closest approach to Earth and is fully illuminated, like a Full Moon.Mars is presently located in Scorpius and as viewed from Earth is going through 'retrograde motion' in which the steady westward movement of the planet is temporarily

Posted by The Urban Astronomer

Friday
May 27 2016
22:37 UTC

Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Sending human astronauts to Mars is a dream shared by many, but there are still challenges to overcome and the question of just how to accomplish it is a subject of intense debate. Some supporters advocate sending a mission directly to Mars, while others think that returning to the Moon first, for potentially beneficial training, … Continue Reading →The post Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission appeared first on planetaria.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Friday
May 27 2016
14:08 UTC

The June 2016 Night Sky

Let us go outside somewhere in Northern Ireland about midnight on 15 June 2016 and see what there is to see in the sky.   Hercules. Muscular hero and demi-god! […]

Posted by Astronotes

Wednesday
May 25 2016
16:16 UTC

Space Weather Causing Martian Atmospherics

Strange plumes in Mars' atmosphere first recorded by amateur astronomers four year ago┬have planetary scientists still scratching their heads. But new data from European Space Agency's orbiting Mars Express┬points to coronal mass ejections from the Sun as the culprit. On two occasions in 2012 amateurs photographed cloud-like features rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km) above the same region of Mars. By comparison, similar features seen in the past haven't exceeded 62 miles (100 k

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
May 23 2016
14:11 UTC

Are mystery Mars plumes caused by space weather

Mars mystery plumeCopyright visual images: D. Parker (large Mars image and bottom inset) & W. Jaeschke (top inset)All other graphics courtesy D. Andrews Hi-res image (JPG) Mystery plume on MarsObservations of a mysterious plume-like feature (marked with yellow arrow) at the limb of the Red Planet on 20 March 2012. The observation was made by astronomer W. Jaeschke. The image is shown with the north pole towards the bottom and the south pole to the top. Copyright: W. Jaes

Posted by astronomy cmarchesin

Saturday
May 21 2016
19:38 UTC

Massive 400 Ft. Tsunamis On Ancient Mars

About 3. 4 billion years ago, (according to a new study) when the Late Heavy Bombardment had ended, and the first cells resembling prokaryotes were appearing on Earth, two enormous meteoroids slammed into the ancient, frigid ocean on Mars. These impacts generated massive 400 ft. high tsunamis that reshaped the shoreline of the Martian ocean, leaving behind fields of sediments and boulders. It was long thought that ancient Mars had oceans. Sedimentary deposits discovered in the Martian north by rad

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
May 21 2016
08:07 UTC

My Guide to the Opposition of Mars, May 22, 2016

... here. http://www. users. on. net/~reynella/skywatch/mars2016. htm

Posted by Astroblog

Friday
May 20 2016
21:12 UTC

SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot

... manned mission to Mars is a hot topic in space, and has been for a long time. Most of the talk around it has centred on the required technology, astronaut durability, and the overall feasibility of the mission. But now, some of the talk is focussing on the legal framework behind such a mission. In April 2016, SpaceX announced their plans for a 2018 mission to Mars. Though astronauts will not be part of the mission, several key technologies will be demonstrated. SpaceX's Dragon capsule will make

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 20 2016
17:37 UTC

Hubble Telescope Zooms In On Mars

We're in store for an exciting weekend as the Earth and Mars get closer to each other than at any time in the last ten years. To take advantage of this special┬opportunity,┬the Hubble Space Telescope, normally busy eyeing remote galaxies, was pointed at our next door neighbor to capture this lovely close-up image. As Universe Today writer David Dickinson described in his excellent Mars guide, the planet┬reaches opposition on Sunday morning May 22. That's when the planet will be directly opposi

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 20 2016
04:04 UTC

Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA's Orion

Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA's Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American astronauts finally return to the Moon's vicinity in 2021 - thus advancing America's next giant leap in human exploration of deep space. The intrepid offer by Orbital could be carried out rather quickly because it utilizes an evolved version of th

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
May 19 2016
17:54 UTC

Hubble Takes Mars Portrait Near Close Approach

Mars Near 2016 Oppostion (Annotated)Credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Frattare (STScI)Release images Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view taken on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. The Hubble image reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across. The large, dark region at far right is Syrtis Major Planitia, one of the first features identified on

Posted by astronomy cmarchesin

Friday
May 13 2016
16:09 UTC

The May 2016 Night Sky

It's the middle of May! Let's go out tonight and look at the stars! At this time of year in the UK and Ireland, our nights are getting later and […]

Posted by Astronotes

Thursday
May 12 2016
20:48 UTC

Opportunity Phones Home; Sends Great Image

... Visual Message from the Opportunity Rover Opportunity is┬one of the┬hardest-working public servants in the solar system. For years it has been on Mars, wheeling across the surface and sending back little missives that might look like this if it were a faithful employee out in the field: “Sol 4332: Continue readingThe post Opportunity Phones Home; Sends Great Image appeared first on .

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
May 10 2016
19:56 UTC

Winged Telescope Detects Martian Atomic Oxygen

Finding atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is very difficult to do, which explains why it's been 40 years since it was last detected. In the 1970's, NASA's Viking and Mariner missions detected Martian atmospheric oxygen, and now, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has detected atomic oxygen in the upper portion of the Martian atmosphere called the mesosphere. SOFIA is a specially modified Boeing 747 aircraft which carries a 100 inch telescope. It flies at altitudes

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 06 2016
17:00 UTC

SpaceX Taps Superhero Designer For Its Spacesuits

Everything about SpaceX seems exciting right now. In April, SpaceX successfully landed their reusable rocket, the Falcon 9, on a droneship at sea. Also in April, SpaceX announced that they intend to send a Dragon capsule to Mars by 2018. Now, Elon Musk's private space company has hired Jose Fernandez, superhero movie costume designer, to design spacesuits for his astronauts. Fernandez, with his company Ironhead Studio, has quite a resume when it comes to costume design. He's designed superhero c

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
May 05 2016
18:49 UTC

Mars Ridges Sculpted by Boiling Water?

Lab Experiment Emulates Mars's Boiling Water We all know that Mars is a dry and dusty planet that, nonetheless, has hidden sources of water. None of it flows on the surface in a stable way that is, it doesn't move in rivers or pool in lakes anymore. The water Continue readingThe post Mars Ridges Sculpted by Boiling Water? appeared first on .

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
May 03 2016
20:20 UTC

Boiling Water Is Carving Martian Slopes

Finding water on Mars is a primary focus of human efforts to understand the Red Planet. The presence of liquid water on Mars supports the theory that life existed there. Now it looks as though some puzzling features on the surface of Mars could have been caused by boiling water. Recurring slope lineae (RSL) are dark streaks found on slopes on the surface of Mars. It was thought that these streaks could have been caused by seasonal melting. Other proposed causes were dust avalanches or the venting

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
May 03 2016
04:11 UTC

ExoMars 2018 Rover Postponed to 2020 Launch

Liftoff of the ExoMars 2018 rover mission currently under development jointly by Europe and Russia has just been postponed for two years to 2020, according to an announcement today, May 2, from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The delay was forced by a variety of technical and funding issues that ate up the schedule margin to enable a successful outcome. Taking into account the delays in European and Russian industrial activities and deliveries of the sc

Posted by Universe Today

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