2011: Top Stories from the Best Year Ever for NASA Planetary Science!

by Ken Kremer December 31, 2011

A year ago, 2011 was proclaimed as the “Year of the Solar System” by NASA’s Planetary Science division. And what a year of excitement it was indeed for the planetary science community, amateur astronomers and the general public alike ! NASA successfully delivered astounding results on all fronts – On the Story of How We […]

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Stardust-NExT sees Jets and impact crater at Comet Tempel 1 and says Farewell !

by Ken Kremer March 24, 2011

Farewell Stardust-NExT ! Today marks the end to the final chapter in the illustrious saga of NASA’s Stardust-NExT spacecraft, a groundbreaking mission of cometary exploration. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory commanded the probe to fire the main engines for the very last time today at about 7 p.m. EDT (March 24). The burn […]

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Sounds of Comet Tempel 1 smashing into Stardust-NExT

by Ken Kremer February 23, 2011

As Stardust-Next was racing past Comet Tempel at 9.8 km/sec, or 24,000 MPH, it encountered a hail of bullet like particles akin to a warplane meeting the fury of armed resistance fighters which potentially could have utterly destroyed the probe. NASA has released a cool sound track of the sounds of thousands of cometary dust […]

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Movies of Comet Tempel 1 Encounter by Stardust-NExT

by Ken Kremer February 21, 2011

Want to know what it feels like at close range to ride on a spaceship past a zooming comet that’s spewing dust and debris that could destroy you at any moment ? Check out the movies (above & below) which gives you a front row seat at NASA’s newest ‘Comet Experience’. Hitch a ride on […]

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NASA’s Stardust Discovers Human made Deep Impact Crater on Comet Tempel 1

by Ken Kremer February 16, 2011

NASA’s aging and amazing Stardust space probe has at last discovered the human made crater created on Comet Tempel 1 in 2005 by the history making cosmic smash up with NASA’s Deep Impact penetrator. Stardust streaked past the comet on Feb. 14 at 10.9 km/sec, or 24,000 MPH, and succeeded in briefly photographing the crater […]

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