When space agencies or institutions want to erect a space telescope, they usually look to some remote area like Chile’s Atacama desert where clouds are few and light pollution is likewise scarce. But a team of NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab researchers wants to go even further off the grid to escape the likes of clouds and light pollution. Many millions of miles off grid in fact.
Finally, Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft has called home. The European Space Agency has confirmed that Roscosmos’ marooned spacecraft--stuck in Earth orbit after a failed booster firing failed to set it on a course for Mars earlier this month--made contact with an ESA tracking station in Perth, Australia, yesterday.
A Visual History of Space Exploration: National Geographic
Well, here it is. National Geographic has plotted the route of every space mission carried out over the last 50 years onto a map of the solar system, giving a nice visual look at the history of space travel.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.