With its indigenously built low-cost spacecraft, the country joins an elite global space club.
Love this: India’s Mars mission cost less than the Hollywood space movie “Gravity.” http://t.co/PWLnYJTsyX— Ron Charles (@RonCharles) September 24, 2014
The Astronista’s guide to home decorating:
- Is it round? Yes: put a planet on it! No: Make it round and go back to step 1.
Spotted at Kikkerland in NYC - will find links tomorrow!
Anonymous said: Many people have already died in space...
People have died en route to space, or back to Earth, none outside of Earth’s atmosphere. You know, that we know of.
The 3 man crew of the Soyuz 11 mission died when their capsule depressurized during reentry at an altitude of ~168km, well above the Kármán line of 100km that is commonly understood to be the boundary between the atmosphere and space. [The Crew That Never Came Home]
But then, 3 is not exactly “many”, either.
More Dean Leshin quotes.
So… you heat up Mars soil and water falls out?
Why isn’t Curiosity leaving a trail of water behind it?
Why didn’t the Mars landing have, like, a burst of water?
How hot does this Mars soil have to be, exactly?
Could Curiosity use its lasers to make us some Mars water RIGHT NOW?
Yes, but Curiosity had to heat the samples to about 1,535 degrees Fahrenheit to get the water to boil out.
Meteors rain down on the earth every hour of every day. Most of these are hardly larger than a grain of rice or a pea. The majority are little more than particles of dust, 10 to 40 micrometers (0.0004-0.0016 inch) in size. The average one is scarcely a quarter of the width of a human hair. The atmosphere makes short work of the larger ones. The remainder of these small meteors—-called “micrometeorites”—-are perpetually sifting down to the surface. Ten thousand tons of them every day.
Watch this airplane photobomb the Sun
Amateur solar astronomer Andrew Devey was filming the surfacing of the sun when an airplane shot through his field of view. Incredible.
Amateur solar astronomer Andrew Devey has been making daily records of solar activity since 2005. His website, The Solar Explorer, could well be the most extensive roundup of jaw-dropping solar GIFS on Earth. Featured here is one of our favorites from his browser-crashing collection. “I was filming a large active region,” Devey writes, “when a plane shot through my field of view.”
“The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space—each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”
RIP Neil Armstrong
"The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink." - Armstrong family statement.