Saturday, September 30, 2017
Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface: An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Risk Takers Are Back in the Space Race—and That's a Good Thing: Exponential technologies are a big reason startups can now contemplate space exploration. This will change how fast we move into space and what we do there.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn: NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.
Everyone in little over an hour the Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn. After twenty years of spectacular scientific work, it ran out of fuel. We taxpayers truly got value for money here.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory made all of this happen. This center sits on slightly more land than Disneyland in Anaheim occupies. It has been around since the 1940's. It has sent the Voyager probe out of the solar system and had many other accomplishments in space exploration.
Not well known is that JPL had the Explorer I satellite ready to launch into orbit in 1956. Had President Eisenhower agreed to the launch, we would have beaten the Russians and never had the humiliation of Sputnik. This launch was turned down because the satellite was deemed to be a military satellite. It went into orbit on January 31, 1958.
JPL was a pioneer in another way. It was one of the first employers to recognize the talents of women and to hire them for serious scientific and engineering work. It was also one of the first organizations to hire minorities before the law required such hiring.
I have been honored to have the opportunity to tour this facility two times thanks to Explore Mars,Inc. and the Mars Society.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn: NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet's atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017