Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA’s Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American astronauts finally return to the Moon’s vicinity in 2021 – thus advancing America’s next giant leap in human exploration of deep space.
A crowning achievement of the Cassini mission to Saturn is the discovery of water vapor jets spraying out from Enceladus‘ southern pole. First witnessed by the spacecraft in 2005, these icy geysers propelled the little 515-kilometer-wide moon into the scientific spotlight and literally rewrote the mission’s objectives. After 22 flybys of Enceladus during its nearly twelve years in orbit […]
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Kimberly Cartier (@AstroKimCartier ) Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg ) Dave Dickinson (www.astroguyz.com / @astroguyz) Their stories this week: Blue Origin, take three! (And a SpaceX launch today) Japanese X-ray satellite NASA Announces new planet hunting instrument Weekend Occultations US Navy Resumes Celestial Navigation Training What Hit Jupiter? We’ve had […]
I like hiking. Particularly, I like wandering in places I’ve never been before. Sometimes only a map, a compass and a good sense of direction gets me returning to where I began. Many people on Earth enjoy this simple pleasure. But what to do if you’re on the Moon? Well, assuming you’ve got the right […]