Scientists at the European Southern Observatory have discovered the farthest galaxy known – 13 billion light years away! The galaxy is in essence a baby picture of a newly formed galaxy 13 billion years ago. It would have been the first formed galaxy after the Big Bang. It was found using a pretty impressive system
Our reader Michelle sent us a quick email to let us know that the USGS has announced that Landsat 5 resumed imaging as of January 10th. Landsat 5 has been experiencing problems with its batteries, and the Landsat team has come up with a new procedure for charging the batteries to try to maintain a
The Messenger spacecraft is reporting back the first high resolution images of Mercury taken since the ’70′s. They’re over 3x better than anything we had before. The images are pretty fascinating!
Ok, so it was a bad joke. Apparently, the Earth is just barely big enough to support life. The National Geographic is reporting this new research that says the Earth is barely big enough for plate tectonics, which are critical to CO2 formation and maintenance, which in turn is critical for life. It’s an interesting
National Geographic is reporting that we can expect a season of intense solar flares for the next few weeks and months. This is all part of a normal 11 year cycle in solar flare activity, but it can lead to some distinct headaches in our tech heavy world. As the article notes, this is the
Odyssey Moon, a company based on the Isle of Man, on Thursday became the first team officially entered in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize, which is offering a total of $30 million in prize money to support a lunar mission. The $20 million first prize will be for the team that can fly a spacecraft
At the 4th meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that was just held in Cape Town, South Africa, China and Brazil issued a joint statement announcing a plan to provide Africa with free satellite imagery. Ground stations within the African continent will be set up to receive the data from the China-Brazil Earth
The European Space Agency’s comet satellite completed it’s second swing around Earth on the 13th of this month. The swing is necessary to gain speed for it’s deep space mission. Along the way, the satellite pointed it’s cameras at the Earth to capture a few snapshots. Most of them center on Antarctica.
Japan’s lunar explorer Kaguya, in orbit around the moon, has sent back the world’s first worldâ€™s first high-definition video of the moon’s surface. Both Japan and China currently have satellites in orbit around the moon, and there has been talk of a new space race between the two countries, although each government denies it. via
On Thursday, NASA posted a nice short article on their Landsat mission website summarizing the planning for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. The planned launch is July 2011, and Ball Aerospace and Technology won the contract this summer to build the Operational Land Imager instrument which will be the primary sensor for LCDM. With Landsat