Tagged: NASA

Prepare yourself for Supermoon – Rare celestial event you don’t want to miss

Supermoon

We look up into the sky and the first thing we notice is the moon along with the stars. However, tonight it’s going to be hard to deny the magnificence of the moon as it will bring bliss to astronomy lovers. Yes folks, Supermoon will steal all the limelight tonight as moon will be closest to Earth in 70 years and this won’t happen again until 2034. That calls for cancelling all your appointments and get you photography equipment ready for the mega event. And yes, hope that you’ll get a clear blue sky to witness the Supermoon in full glory.
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Elon Musk plans to send humans to Mars at their own risk

At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk announced his company’s plan to build rocket booster and spacecraft that would transport human to Mars. He spoke about the plan stating the rocket and capsule will carry about 100 passengers along with their cargo to the red planet at an estimated cost of $10 billion a seat. Musk acknowledged the mammoth price tag, and laid out four alternative plans to minimize the cost, but was quick to hint on overall interest of thousands of people to live on Mars and informed that the company is planning on ways to minimize this cost to about $200,000. Read More…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft orbits Jupiter with three LEGO minifigs aboard

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft orbits Jupiter with three LEGO figures aboard

On July 4, after approximately five years of journey to Jupiter, NASA’s Juno Spacecraft managed to successfully enter the orbit of the largest planet in our solar system. Considering NASA scientists are at the helm of the project, there was no doubt Juno would make it to Jupiter successfully, what’s strange then – the spacecraft has three logo minifigs onboard. The three mini passengers are – Roman god Jupiter, Jupiter’s wife Juno and the famous Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei.    Read More…

NASA testing SpaceX inflatable pod for Mars trips to save millions of dollars on launch costs

SpaceX BEAM Pod gif

NASA has initiated the testing of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) – an inflated habitat (compartment) for astronauts that could be expanded in Space and provide 20 times more room than present metal cabins. Also, it would save a lot of space as it can be inflated. The main idea is to materialize wish to deploy these expandable habitats as crew living quarters during the three-year trips to and from Mars.
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SpaceX Crew Dragon takes maiden test flight, looks on-course for 2017 ISS mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft

Elon Musk’s SpaceX gave a glimpse of their manned spacecraft that is destined to take astronauts to the ISS (International Space Station) in 2017. Yes, the Crew Dragon capsule that hopefully NASA will use to ferry 7 astronauts safely to the ISS. The capsule is made from highest-grade carbon fiber material and alcantara cloth which gives it structural strength as well as resistance while exiting/entering Earth’s atmosphere. In its maiden test flight, the spacecraft did exactly what the SpaceX team intended and therefore helps it inch close to the goal of first-ever commercial spacecraft flight with astronauts on-board.
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“Eyes on Pluto” gives you heads-up of historic event in the making

Eyes on Pluto app NASA

NASA has confirmed that its New Horizons spacecraft is going to be the closest to Pluto in its 9 years of epic journey which traversed 3 billion miles. The spacecraft is going to go past the dwarf planet with just 12,500 km away from the surface in a historic event. To be precise, it will cruise past the planet with speed of over 30,000 miles per hour at 11:49 AM on July 14, 2015.
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Recurrent SpaceX mission failures, should NASA take notice?

SpaceX space mission failures

SpaceX, founded by former PayPal and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in 2002, has become one of the most acclaimed private space companies owing its vision to develop reusable rockets that’ll revolutionize space exploration. SpaceX is by far the only non-government company that has managed to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and successful attached a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International Space Station. Despite its numerous accomplishments, which include, contracts with NASA to get critical food and supplies to ISS and to develop crew-carrying space capsules; SpaceX has been under the scanner for a series of space program failures in the recent times. Read More…

Arachnobeea – Zero G drone that’ll walk aboard International Space Station

Arachnobeea drone

Drones could soon be helping astronauts aboard the space station(s) as NASA’s International SpaceApps Challenge dared hackers and engineers to make a drone that will be able to function in zero gravity. Arachnobeea team took the challenge well and designed a waking drone that can work autonomously in zero gravity. The quad rotor UAV is quite dexterous and can set out on flights inside the International Space Station (ISS) in a controlled manner.
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NASA’s Greased Lightning drone can fly like helicopter and an airplane as well

Greased Lightning drone by NASA

We all are pretty familiar with airplanes and helicopters. Well, how about a flying machine that is half chopper and half plane? Although it is almost impossible for normal people like us to come up with such a thought, well not for think tanks at NASA who have come up with such a thing. The United States government agency have developed a 28kg, battery-powered drone that can switch between helicopter and airplane modes. Christened GL-10 or Greased Lightning, the 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft has a ten-foot wingspan that can change shape midair to fly horizontally or vertically.
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