• Assessing Exomoon Habitability

    Updated: 2013-01-11 14:28:14
    Yesterday’s post on exomoons and their possibilities as abodes for life leads naturally to new work from René Heller (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam) and Rory Barnes (University of Washington). We’re finding planets much larger and more massive than Earth in the habitable zone, as the recent findings of the Planet Hunters project attest. What [...]

  • The Giant Asteroid, Near and Far

    Updated: 2013-01-11 00:26:19
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft departing the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dawn concluded 2012 almost 13,000 times farther from Vesta than it began the [...]

  • My Big Fat Planet: In Essence: Science Boiled Down

    Updated: 2013-01-10 20:51:51
    By Amber Jenkins An interesting recent paper from Dr. Son Nghiem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and colleagues finds that the bottom of the Arctic Ocean controls the pattern of sea ice thousands of feet above on the water’s surface. The seafloor topography exerts its control not only locally, in the Bering, Chukchi, Beaufort, Barents and [...]

  • My Big Fat Planet: Pick of the Pics

    Updated: 2013-01-10 20:43:46
    By Amber Jenkins     Earth at night, as seen by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, a joint effort by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory and NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. This is a new image of our planet at night, as taken by a [...]

  • Gas Giants in the Habitable Zone

    Updated: 2013-01-10 14:13:35
    Because the sky is full of surprises, we can’t afford to be too doctrinaire about what tomorrow’s discovery might be. After all, ‘hot Jupiters’ were considered wildly unlikely by all but a few, and even here in the Solar System, probes like our Voyagers have turned up one startling thing after another — volcanoes on [...]

  • STRaND-1: A "lightbulb" moment

    Updated: 2013-01-10 00:00:00
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  • Probing a Brown Dwarf’s Atmosphere

    Updated: 2013-01-09 13:56:27
    The American Astronomical Society’s meeting in Long Beach is going to occupy us for several days, and not always with exoplanet news. Brown dwarfs, those other recent entrants into the gallery of research targets, continue to make waves as we learn more about their nature and distribution. The hope of finding a brown dwarf closer [...]

  • Free Shipping Extended through Monday January 7...

    Updated: 2013-01-07 18:40:23

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    Updated: 2013-01-03 18:04:10

  • Happy New Year... and remembering Apollo 1

    Updated: 2013-01-03 17:59:59
    This month marks the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, and we'll be featuring some clips from our DVD set in tribute to the crew. Today's clip is from the crew inside the CM simulator, along with rare audio of the debriefing of a simulator run. The audio was not dated. Our pollo 1 DVD s the most comprehensive collection ever assembled, featuring rare footage and audio from the preparation, accident, and aftermath. Remember Apollo 1.  

  • Dynamics of an Interstellar Probe

    Updated: 2013-01-03 14:22:00
    Yesterday’s look at radiation and its effects on humans in space asked whether any Fermi implications were to be found in the work described at the University of Rochester. One answer is that expansion into the cosmos does not need to be biological, for biological beings can build robotic explorers equipped with enough artificial intelligence [...]

  • Radiation, Alzheimer’s Disease and Fermi

    Updated: 2013-01-02 14:37:06
    In a sobering start to the New Year, at least for partisans of manned missions to deep space, new work out of the University of Rochester indicates that galactic cosmic radiation may accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, led by the university’s Kerry O’Banion, is hardly the first time that the impact of [...]

  • A New Year Awaits

    Updated: 2012-12-31 19:56:44
    I’ve gotten so used to thinking ‘maybe this will be the year when the first Alpha Centauri planet is discovered’ that I almost said it again about 2013. Fortunately, we already have a (still unconfirmed) Centauri B b, and the latest I’ve heard is that it may take five years or so before we can [...]

  • Apollo 8 heads home... 44 years ago this Christmas Day...

    Updated: 2012-12-25 17:54:02

  • The first of the Christmas Eve broadcasts...

    Updated: 2012-12-24 21:23:31
    Humans, broadcasting television live from lunar orbit, December 24, 1968. This is the first of two television broadcasts made by the crew on Christmas Eve. I'll be posting the other in a short while.  

  • Apollo 8 TV Transmission #2...

    Updated: 2012-12-23 18:24:48

  • As it happened, Apollo 8. 44 years ago today, the first television transmission from the spacecraft...

    Updated: 2012-12-22 18:04:16

  • 44 Years ago today... Apollo 8 launched to the Moon...

    Updated: 2012-12-21 17:22:18
    : . . Spacecraft Films The definitive audiovisual collections of U.S . Space History Still time for shipping within the US . Main December 21, 2012 44 Years ago today . Apollo 8 launched to the Moon . Apollo 8 was a stunning mission for many reasons . The first manned launch of the Saturn V . The first time humans had left the vicinity of the Earth , the first time men had orbited the Moon . The fact that the mission took place over Christmas , especially with a lunar orbit broadcast on Christmas Eve , was especially . memorable Since a little video is always a good thing , here's the launch , taken from parts from our Apollo 8 3-DVD collection , which features all of the TV transmissions and onboard film , along with rare onboard audio , footage from prep , rollout , multiple launch

  • What Are the Health Requirements for Space Tourism?

    Updated: 2012-12-21 00:28:41
    With space tourism right on the cusp of taking off, one has to wonder what are the health requirements in order to go into low earth orbit (LEO)? This is a question that medical professionals and the space tourism industry is asking right now. According to SFGate, “With space tourism on the cusp of becoming [...]

  • Shhhhh… Do You Hear That? That’s The Sound Of The World Not Ending

    Updated: 2012-12-20 23:53:01
    Now, call your friends, grab a beer and celebrate the end of the Maya Long Count calendar’s 13th b’ak’tun and the winter solstice. (Sorry doomsayers, I will not be giving you a reference for your post-doomsday interview, you did a crappy job of the Apocalypse.) Also, send your congratulations to my sister, Colette! IT’S HER [...]

  • Still time for shipping within the US...

    Updated: 2012-12-19 19:10:57
    Haven't posted this week as we've been busy shipping a great deal, both current and pending orders. We'll continue to be working hard on shipping both for the remainder of the week and into the weekend, and there's still a couple of days to have an order in the US arrive in time. And since a little video is always a good thing, and we've been experiencing the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17, I'll leave you with the final section of the 1-hour version of Live From The Moon, our most recent trip to the Moon.  

  • The last few seconds of Ebb & Flow as NASA crashes the Grail spacecraft on the Moon.

    Updated: 2012-12-18 04:11:02
    A rather different control-room atmosphere here than when Curiosity touched-down – the end of

  • Secretive Space Plane's Retro-Burn Snapped By Satellite Hunter

    Updated: 2012-12-18 01:55:50
    A classified military space plane blasted off into orbit Tuesday (Dec. 11) on the third mission of t

  • Soyuz TMA-20 Spacecraft by NASA/Victor Zelentsov

    Updated: 2012-12-18 00:12:22
    This is a view of the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft during mating operations to the booster on Dec. 12, 20

  • Watch lifestream as NASA crashes twin GRAIL spacecraft into moon -December 17, 2012 at 22 : 28 UTc (4 p.m. CST). LIVE COVERAGE

    Updated: 2012-12-18 00:00:40
    NASA will send its twin GRAIL moon probes into the side of a lunar mountain on Monday, December 17.

  • SSTL has space for everyone

    Updated: 2012-12-18 00:00:00
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  • NASA Plans To Crash 'Ebb' & 'Flow' Into Lunar Surface Monday

    Updated: 2012-12-17 16:20:51
    Artist’s depiction of twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA’s Gravity Recove

  • Chinese Spacecraft Conducts Successful Encounter Of Asteroid Toutatis

    Updated: 2012-12-17 03:05:50
    Beijing (XNA) Dec 17, 2012 - China’s space probe Chang’e-2 has successfully conducted a

  • Revealing Hidden Black Holes

    Updated: 2012-12-13 05:00:00
    This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth.

  • Space UK: a visionary legacy

    Updated: 2012-12-13 00:00:00
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  • Retired GIOVE-A could help GPS reach even higher heights

    Updated: 2012-12-12 00:00:00
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  • A new rover for Mars in 2020... should it be called Vision?

    Updated: 2012-12-11 16:43:09
    NASA announced that there will be another Mars rover to be launched in 2020. This provides some clea

  • Near-Earth asteroid loses its magnetic mojo | Essentials

    Updated: 2012-12-11 08:07:13
    Near-Earth asteroid loses its magnetic mojo Venus and the moon by blmurchLicense (according to Flick

  • Remembering Sir Patrick Moore

    Updated: 2012-12-10 00:00:00
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  • Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)

    Updated: 2012-12-09 21:31:27
    “I’m only a four-dimensional creature. Haven’t got a clue how to visualise infinity. Even Einstein hadn’t. I know because I asked him.” — Sir Patrick Moore The Sky at Night: Curiosity at Mars (Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott): Patrick Moore interviews Carl Sagan (h/t @megschwamb): BBC News: Sir Patrick Moore: Chris Lintott’s tribute Discovery News: [...]

  • DMCii satellite imagery helps halt deforestation in Argentina

    Updated: 2012-12-07 00:00:00
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  • Slice of History: Viking Stereo Viewer

    Updated: 2012-12-05 01:20:14
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Viking Stereo Viewer — Photograph Number 324-1954 This interactive computer-based stereo viewing system was used to analyze Mars topography images generated by the cameras on NASA’s Viking 1 Mars [...]

  • Short Puffs Keep Dawn Chugging Along

    Updated: 2012-12-05 01:07:15
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft at its next target, the protoplanet Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Dawndroids, Dawn is continuing to gently and patiently change its orbit [...]

  • Fly the subsystems we fly!

    Updated: 2012-12-03 00:00:00
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  • Big AGU Announcements: Curiosity Team May Not, But What About Voyager 1? (Update)

    Updated: 2012-12-02 23:30:55
    UPDATE 2: So it turns out that Curiosity does have data to suggest that organics and perchlorates may be present in the Mars soil. As NASA keeps reminding us, this is not “proof” of organics, it’s “promising data.” Regardless, the media has made up their own mind as to what it means. As for Voyager [...]

  • exactView-1 makes huge leap in maritime monitoring from space

    Updated: 2012-11-30 00:00:00
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  • Dan Lobb wins RAeS Society Bronze Medal

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:00:00
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  • A Martian Storm Is Brewing

    Updated: 2012-11-24 06:20:20
    As the sols march on, NASA’s brand new nuclear-powered rover Curiosity has detected a dramatic change in its surrounding atmosphere. A once-clear vista of the distant rim of Gale Crater now looks smoggy — almost like the gray-brown-yellow stuff that hangs above Los Angeles on a hot summer’s day. So what’s causing this change in [...]

  • SSTL sponsors Surrey Space Centre Chair of Engineering

    Updated: 2012-11-16 00:00:00
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  • Sir Martin Sweeting comments on UK gov's extra funding for space

    Updated: 2012-11-13 00:00:00
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