New Horizons is the first mission in NASA’s New Frontiers mission category, larger and more expensive than the Discovery missions but smaller than the Flagship Program. The cost of the mission (including spacecraft and instrument development, launch vehicle, mission operations, data analysis, and education/public outreach) is approximately $700 million over 15 years (2001–2016). The spacecraft was built primarily by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The mission’s principal investigator is Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (formerly NASA Associate Administrator). After separation from the launch vehicle, overall control was taken by Mission Operations Center (MOC) at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard … Continue reading What did NASA’s New Horizons discover around Pluto?
Artist’s impression of a UFO (PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock) From the early 1950s until 2009, a department in the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) documented and investigated reports of UFOs. Now, more than a decade after the program ended, many of those formerly classified files about UFO sightings will be made available to the public for the first time. Previously, some MoD files about UFOs had been published online at the U.K. National Archives website, The Telegraph reported. However, all of the agency’s UFO reports will be released this year on “a dedicated gov.uk web page,” a spokesperson for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) told The Telegraph. … Continue reading British ‘X-Files’ of UFO sightings is going public
Every now and then you hear something which grabs your attention. This captured my attention: There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol – the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space. This isn’t a small cloud either. There is enough alcohol in this cloud to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer. That is one hell of a keg party. That’s the good news. Imagine a whole space cloud filled with beer. An intergalatic kegger! The bad news is it is 10,000 light years away in the constellation of Aquila. It’s unlikely we could get to … Continue reading Beer Nebulae Cloud… the biggest bar in the Universe
The artist’s concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2.(Image: © NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle) NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. However, exoplanets aren’t the only thing Kepler can detect — stellar flares, star spots and dusty planetary rings can also pop up in the mission’s observations. But there’s also been speculation that Kepler may have the ability to detect more than natural phenomena; if they’re out there, Kepler may also detect the signature of artificial structures orbiting other stars. Imagine an advanced civilization that’s well up on the Kardashev … Continue reading Has the Kepler Space Telescope Discovered an Alien Megastructure?
Orbiter is a free spaceflight simulator, it’s got much more detail on the actual flying and vehicles than KSP, but lacks the building and real time rigid body physics that provide so much entertainment in KSP. But if you want to experience real spacecraft then it’s probably a better option.
Today Phil helps keep you from ticking off an astronomer in your life by making sure you know the difference between a meteor, meteorite, and meteoroid. When the Earth plows through the stream emitted by a comet we get a meteor shower. Meteors burn up about 100 km above the Earth, but some survive to hit the ground. Most of these meteorites are rocky, some are metallic, and a few are a mix of the two. Very big meteorites can be a very big problem, but there are plans in the works to prevent us from going the way of … Continue reading Meteors: Crash Course Astronomy
Today we’re going to focus on education and learn more about space and space facts that you probably didn’t know about! As has been famously said, space is the final frontier. The greatest of unknowns, space is far vaster than we can comprehend, and filled with phenomenon we barely understand. While we’ve been watching the heavens in awe for millennia, space exploration and discovery only began in earnest in the mid 20th century. Yet even what are no doubt our primitive findings still point at a universe more incredible than we ever thought. Hello and welcome to another episode of … Continue reading Astronomers Discovered a Forbidden Planet But Have No idea Why It Exists
How the ancient Greeks understood the universe; what they got right and what they got wrong. How Aristotle understood the Earth was round by observing lunar eclipses; how Aristarchus of Samos used these results to work out the relative sizes of Earth, the Sun, and Moon, how Eratosthenes of Cyrene measured Earth’s circumference, and how Hipparchus of Nicaea determined created the first catalog of stars and discovered Earth’s 26,000 year axial precession, Finally, we take a look at Claudius Ptolemy’s collection of works in the Almagest, and how he came up with a system of epicycles to explain planets’ retrograde … Continue reading Ancient Greek Astronomy
A series of iconic purported UFO images, including some that were featured in the “The X-Files” TV show, are up for auction. The images are part of a Sotheby’s online auction devoted to space photography. They include a lot of six prints by “Billy” Eduard Albert Meier that are from Switzerland in 1975. “These images purport to depict an interstellar visit by spacecraft from the planet Erra, two with a single UFO moving slowly over the town of Berg Rumlikon, and four images depicting a single UFO in a forested hilly area of Schmidrüti,” said Sotheby’s in a statement. “One of the images in this lot … Continue reading UFO photos made famous by ‘The X-Files’ surface, up for auction
Astronomers have spotted an ultrafast star, traveling at a blistering 6 million km/h, that was ejected by the supermassive black hole at the heart at the Milky Way five million years ago. The discovery of the star, known as S5-HVS1, was made as part of the Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5). Located in the constellation of Grus – the Crane – S5-HVS1 was found to be moving ten times faster than most stars in the Milky Way. Astronomers have spotted an ultrafast star, traveling at a blistering 6 million km/h, that was ejected by the supermassive black hole at … Continue reading A runaway star ejected from the galactic heart of darkness
Come for Brad Pitt in space, stay for the stunning cinematography. Warning: There are some mild spoilers for “Ad Astra” in the review below. It’s safe to say that “Ad Astra” is probably not the science fiction film you think it is. Anyone expecting “Independence Day” or some such holiday blockbuster might be disappointed, but any fan of art expressed through cinema, won’t be. The movie stars Brad Pitt as Major Roy McBride: super cool under pressure, pride of Space Command and son of legendary astronaut H. Clifford McBride, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Clifford McBride was the first human … Continue reading Ad Astra’ Review: Brad Pitt Goes Interplanetary in a Stunning Space Epic
Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched into space on their Falcon Heavy rocket last year has completed its first orbit around the sun, according to a tracking report. If you have somehow forgotten about what is one of the coolest things to happen ever, here’s a quick reminder. In February 2018, SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket and it needed a ‘dummy load’ to send into space in order to demonstrate the capability. Musk, who is the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, decided to launch his own Tesla Roadster. Due to the higher risk of failure with a … Continue reading Tesla Roadster with ‘Starman’ completes first orbit around the sun
Oscar-winner Rami Malek will play the villain in the still-untitled 25th film in the James Bond franchise. He’ll face off with James Bond vet Daniel Craig. This will be Craig’s fifth time playing the role of secret agent 007. “Bond 25” is currently in production, and the man set to play the iconic British agent’s foe is opening up. Rami Malek, who was cast as the villain in the upcoming James Bond film back in April, told the BBC he accepted the “terrorist” role only after he was assured he would not be driven by religion. “I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism … Continue reading Rami Malek agreed to play Bond villain only if character had no religious motives
Daniel Craig announces he will return as James Bond “Bond 25” will have some familiar faces. Daniel Craig is set to return as James Bond, while Léa Seydoux will reprise her role of 007’s love interest Madeleine Swann from 2015’s “Spectre,” it was revealed Thursday. Other returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishsaw (Q), as well as Jeffrey Wright and Rory Kinnear, The Independent reports. DID DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE WANT TO KILL OFF JAMES BOND? “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek has been confirmed as the villain in the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed action film. The Oscar winner said in a video message, “I’m very much looking forward to joining the cast … Continue reading Daniel Craig is James Bond, Rami Malek stars as villain in ‘Bond 25’
Shazam!PG-13 2019 ‧ Fantasy/Science Fiction ‧ 2h 12m 93% liked this movie – Google users Description We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do — have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus … Continue reading SHAZAM!