Satellites

Sweet Success for SpaceX with Second Successful AsiaSat Launch This Summer

by Ken Kremer September 7, 2014

Shortly after midnight this morning, Sunday, Sept. 7, SpaceX scored a major success with the spectacular night time launch of the commercial AsiaSat 6 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, that briefly turned night into day along the Florida Space Coast. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite blasted off at 1 […]

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Hunting for “Minimoons” Orbiting Earth

by David Dickinson September 2, 2014

It’s an engaging thought experiment. What if Earth had multiple moons?  Our world has one large natural satellite, just over a quarter the diameter, 1/50th the volume, and less than 1/80th the mass of our fair world. In fact, the Earth-Moon system has sometimes been referred to as a “binary planet,” and our Moon stands […]

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Surf Saturn’s Rings In Amazing Raw Cassini Images From This Week

by Elizabeth Howell August 21, 2014

When Saturn is at its closest to Earth, it’s three-quarters of a billion miles away — or more than a billion kilometers! That makes these raw images from the ringed planet all the more remarkable. Nearly every day, the Cassini spacecraft beams back what it sees at Saturn and the images are put up on […]

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Awesome Video of a Satellite in Orbit

by Nancy Atkinson August 12, 2014

Here’s a great video from a camera mounted on the exterior of the TechDemoSat-1, an in-orbit technology demonstration mission from the UK. It launched on July 8, 2014 on a Soyuz-2, and the video shows the satellite moments after separation from the upper stage. The satellite even took a selfie, below. The video shows the […]

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Scientists Discover 101 Geysers Erupting at Saturn’s Intriguing Icy Moon Enceladus

by Ken Kremer July 29, 2014

Scientists analyzing the reams of data from NASA’s Cassini orbiter at Saturn have discovered 101 geysers erupting from the intriguing icy moon Enceladus and that the spewing material of liquid water likely originates from an underground sea located beneath the tiny moons ice shell, according to newly published research. The geysers are composed of tiny […]

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