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MESSENGER ends its mission, crashing into Mercury - movie

NASA’s MESSENGER orbiter of Mercury ran out of fuel and crashed into Mercury on May 1, 2015, ending a very successful mission. The craft slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the planet’s surface. 143 more words


Flying Tigers II

When I was 11-years old I “designed” a space ship.

It had a modular design (see above right, drawn today from memory), which allowed for the center section to be disconnected from the front control module and the rear engine module.   355 more words

Cool Space Shuttle Cockpit

I came across a cool web while stumbling on my StumbleUpon desktop. Cool 3D panorama view of what a shuttle space cockpit look like. You should check it out!

Encouraging Life

Mushroom Cloud Spotted On Mars

India’s Mars Orbiter satellite recently photographed a mushroom cloud on the surface of Mars. Emanating from the Valles Marineris canyon, the cloud can clearly be seen… 85 more words

ExoMars mission is set for launch in 2018

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission is set for launch in 2018.  A rover and a lander are included, to search for evidence of past and present life on Mars.  81 more words

06. The Terrestrial Planets: Earth, Moon, And Their Relatives

The Story of Rosetta, Philae and a Comet.

Something truly historical happened today and it has nothing to due with the elections, Ebola or a Kardashian. Can we all just appreciate that for moment?… 515 more words

Rosetta Mission Close Encounter

Less than 24 hours before descend to comet 67P…

Will Philae make it to the surface?

Finally, 10 years after launch, the Rosetta spacecraft is at destination and ready to release its lander Philae. 317 more words