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Pictures of Earth from Rosetta

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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.

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World’s first HDTV video of the moon

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Japan’s lunar explorer Kaguya, in orbit around the moon, has sent back the world’s first world’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 […]

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Nice write-up On Landsat Data Continuity Mission

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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 […]

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50 years since Sputnik

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I’m sure you’ve probably already seen it, but I have to give a shout out for the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial orbiting satellite. The Russian success marked the beginning of the Space Age, and the race between the US and the USSR for manned spaceflight. It’s a different […]

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Voyager 1 and 2 30 years and going strong!

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Happy birthday Voyager 2 (and soon Voyager 1)! Thirty years ago, Voyager 2 was launched into space to start what has been an incredibly successful 30 year mission… and that’s just so far. The long range sensor is still moving out from the solar system and broadcasting data. Imagine, a device with less computing power […]

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China’s lunar mapping plan

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China is continuing to expand its interest in space exploration, with plans to launch a lunar orbiter called Chang’e One later this year. The orbiter will carry an imaging instrument that will begin capturing data that will allow China to map “every inch” of the lunar surface. The resulting maps and elevation models will be […]

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Mars Has Water!

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Or at least it looks that way. The Mars explorer has turned up evidence that there are small pools of water on the surface of Mars. The claim is bound to be debated, as it is largely believed to be impossible for water to exist on the surface. However, if scientists manage to confirm this […]

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – Mapping the Moon

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Sometime next year, NASA is planning to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, which will focusing on mapping the moon’s surface in preparation for future human missions on the moon. It’s a pretty ambitious project, with 6 sensors on the satellite, that will capture not only high-resolution imagery, but also topography (through a laser altimeter […]

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Become a Rocket Scientist!

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NASA has launched a new program called CosmosCode, which is an attempt to open source space mission software. The Wired News article on the project details some of the goals and thoughts behind the project’s co-founders. The idea is to leverage the power of open source programming to create software needed for space flights. I […]