Down To Earth
Wayne Hale writes about how growing up in the old American frontier reminds him of what the space frontier may mean to future space colonists.
Space Adventures – the corporation that makes a business out of being the middleman between space agencies and rich thrill seekers that want a ride in space – has announced 2017 as their target date for a circumlunar flight for their tourists. The last I heard, they were planning to do this with the Russians. See this post of mine for my thoughts on how likely that date is.
Science is sometimes about destroying cool ideas, instead of making cool discoveries. It turns out one of the first planets ever directly imaged – Fomalhaut B – is probably not a planet after all. The good news is, there are other confirmed direct observations of exoplanets (see the gallery at the bottom of the linked post).
ISS performed another debris avoidance maneuver last Saturday (ISS on-orbit status from that day).
First MoonKAM video of the moon from the GRAIL spacecraft (via EarthSky). And no this is not the “first ever video of the dark side of the moon” as Fox News reported. Good Grief.
Around the Solar System
Beautiful animation from the Mars rover Opportunity showing clouds moving over Endeavour crater.
I love this photo of Saturn’s moon Dione in front of the thin profile of the rings.
The Juno Jupiter probe completed the first course correction burn of its long trip to the outer solar system.
Because it’s cool
Fun shot of the recent aurorae lighting up the northern hemisphere from APOD.
This is a galaxy: