Telescopes. James Oberg's Pioneering Space. From: "Space World Magazine" January 1975 issue.
Vostochny (formerly Svobodny) Cosmodrome. One of the many problems the Russian government faced upon the collapse of the Soviet Union was access to space launch facilities.
Baikonur Cosmodrome, the largest Soviet space center, was in the newly-independent Kazakhstan. The Drake Equation. "What do we need to know about to discover life in space?
" How can we estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist among the stars? While working as a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Dr. Frank Drake conceived an approach to bound the terms involved in estimating the number of technological civilizations that may exist in our galaxy. The Drake Equation, as it has become known, was first presented by Drake in 1961 and identifies specific factors thought to play a role in the development of such civilizations. Although there is no unique solution to this equation, it is a generally accepted tool used by the scientific community to examine these factors.-- Frank Drake, 1961. What is beyond our Solar System? WIRED Explains the mystery of the icy Kuiper Belt. Whether it's 'my very early morning jam sandwich' or 'many vile earthlings', everyone has a memorable way to list off the planets in our Solar System.
But beyond the mnemonics, some of the most interesting and unexplored objects lurk beyond the stuff of textbooks in an icy region known as the Kuiper Belt. This area of our Solar System, which stretches out for billions of miles past Neptune, has been providing astronomers with a host of mysteries to solve over the past few years. The most famous among the objects lurking beyond Neptune is many people’s favourite ‘planet’ Pluto which was robbed of the aforementioned title in 2006. When Professor Mike Brown from Caltech discovered the dwarf planet Eris, the biggest object to be found in the Solar system over the past 150 years, Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status.
Some Satellite Photos of Earth at Night. (After clicking on a photo-link to show a photo, click on the Back button of your browser to return to this page.
Alternatively: In most browsers, you can click the right mouse button when the cursor is over a link, then choose to open the link in a separate window.) Table of Contents: (of this page) For more images, you can use an Image search engine, like Google Images, and use keywords like "lights night satellite". A 6,000 year old telescope without a lens - prehistoric tombs enhanced astron... Astronomers are exploring what might be described as the first astronomical observing tool, potentially used by prehistoric humans 6,000 years ago.
They suggest that the long, narrow entrance passages to ancient stone, or 'megalithic', tombs may have enhanced what early human cultures could see in the night sky, an effect that could have been interpreted as the ancestors granting special power to the initiated. The team present their study at the National Astronomy Meeting, being held this week in Nottingham. The team's idea is to investigate how a simple aperture, for example an opening or doorway, affects the observation of slightly fainter stars. Horizon, 1997-1998, Mir Mortals. Welcome to your planet - Planet Labs.
DigitalGlobe. Sarah Parcak, Space Archeologist. With countless ancient cities and pyramids still buried below Egypt's endless sand, where do you point your shovel?
Ask a satellite floating 400 miles overhead. Powerful space cameras and infrared imagery can now pinpoint and record structures less than two feet wide and completely invisible to the naked eye. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist, is pioneering the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform the way discoveries are made. "We're using satellites to help map and model cultural features that could never be seen on the ground because they're obscured by modernization, forests, or soil," she explains. IAU Minor Planet Center.
Helicopters on Mars? Why Not? Helicopters on Mars?
Why Not? 3-D Exploration! Researchers want a vehicle that can cover ground quickly but also move slowly to examine an area. They want a vehicle that can "see" large areas from a height, but get down to the ground when they find something interesting. Planet Four. Science. The Moon Ignoring the occasional pre-telescopic appearance of exceptionally large sunspots, the Moon is the only heavenly body which shows features to the naked eye--the Man in the Moon.
These features are permanent, and it was therefore obvious that the Moon always keeps its same face turned to us (although there are minor perturbations that were not noticed until later). In the philosophy of Aristotle (384-322 BCE), these features presented somewhat of a problem. But it's not for drinking, scientists say. It’s one of the most intriguing questions in science: Could life exist on Mars today?
On Monday came an answer: Yes, quite possibly. Scientists using observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter said they’ve found powerful evidence that briny water routinely flows on the Martian surface. This particular water source is so salty that it would probably be too harsh for life as we know it, scientists said. But the revelation, described in the journal Nature Geoscience, strengthens the potential for life on our rust-hued neighbor — not just during its wetter past but also its arid present, experts said. “It suggests that it would be possible for there to be life today on Mars,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. A Year Of Sunrises. Inflatable, 20km tall 'space elevator' could replace rockets.
A Canada-based space company has patented an inflatable "space elevator" designed to propel astronauts up into the stratosphere before they blast off into space. If the maverick "ThothX Tower" were ever actually built, it would soar 20km (12.4 miles) into the sky, and would reduce the cost of space launches by 30 percent in fuel costs alone, according to estimations. It's even hoped that the lift could replace some kinds of satellites. Thoth Technology's Brendan Quine, who invented the prototype, explained: "Astronauts would ascend to 12 miles by electrical elevator. Insight: Introduction. This mesmerizing video shows how incredibly vast space really is. Light travels at about 186,000 miles per second. That's an incomprehensibly fast speed — faster than any other object in the universe.
But the video above shows how huge just our corner of the galaxy is, even for a photon of light traveling at that remarkable speed. Wow! signal. The Wow! Signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Biosphere 2. Black hole glimpsed playing cosmic billiards - BBC News. 6-billion-year-old quasar spinning nearly as fast as physically possible. Supermassive black holes are powerful engines, pumping matter and energy into their environments.
Despite their size and influence, they are also relatively small, making detailed observations a major challenge. For that reason, most of the data we have on them involves tracking the matter swirling around the black hole rather than the properties of the black hole itself. Astronomers have now used gravitational magnification to measure the rotation rate of a supermassive black hole in a very distant galaxy. From four separate images of the same black hole, R.C. Moons of Jupiter. A montage of Jupiter and its four largest moons (distance and sizes not to scale) Eight of Jupiter's moons are regular satellites, with prograde and nearly circular orbits that are not greatly inclined with respect to Jupiter's equatorial plane. The Galilean satellites are ellipsoidal in shape, due to having planetary mass, and so would be considered dwarf planets if they were in direct orbit about the Sun.
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