This stunning image of Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot was pieced together using data from NASA's Juno spacecraft. The true-color image offers a natural color rendition of what the Great Red Spot and what its surrounding areas would look like to human eyes from Juno' position. The turbulent atmospheric zones in and around the Great Red Spot are clearly visible. It was captured on July 10, 2017 at 7:10pm PDT , as the Juno spacecraft performed its seventh close flyby of Jupiter. Continue reading for more incredible Jupiter photos captured by Juno.
According to official government records, the last time man ever set foot on the Moon was back in December 1972, when Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent three days on the lunar surface. What most don't know is that more Apollo missions were originally planned - Apollo 18, 19 and 20 - all of which were already in the construction and / or in the latter planning stages when they were cancelled in 1972 supposedly due to declining public interest and budget cuts. That was seemingly the case until 2007, when astronaut William Rutledge posted a video to YouTube claiming it to be from the secret Apollo 20 mission. Rutledge claimed Apollo 20's goal was to explore the polar region of the Moon, on its dark side, and in particular a miles-long crashed spacecraft. Continue reading for five more moon mysteries that will make you wonder.
Some believe that NASA had a secret space program, codenamed "Project Redsun," back in the late 1960s to early 1970s, that involved actually manned missions to Mars. Thanks to computer graphics, just about anything is possible these days, but conspiracy theorists believe that the current Curiosity Rover is a giant hoax, as its shiny solar panels are evidence that they are being polished by humans already on Mars. Continue reading for five more Red Planet mysteries.
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober managed to turn normal sand into what he calls "liquid soup", or in other words making sand behave like water. Technically speaking, this physical phenomenon occurs when a quantity of a solid particulate substance is placed under appropriate conditions to cause a solid/fluid mixture to behave as a fluid. "I've wanted to build one for a long time. But you can find literally NO information online on how to make one like that. So I started combing through a bunch of patent drawings for massive industrial-sized fluid beds, and I noticed that instead of one big inlet, they all had a bunch of small holes to deliver air," said Mark. Continue reading for another video and more information.
It's no surprise that some people believe the Earth is flat, but what happens when Tesla CEO Elon Musk responds to a tweet made by "Flat Earth Society" on Twitter? Well, let's just say that hilarity ensues. The most popular flat-earther theory claims that Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, located around the rim. They also say NASA employees guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc. Continue reading to see how the internet reacted.
NASA researchers have developed a near indestructible airless tire that could be used on future missions to Mars or the lunar surface, and its titanium-based design uses shape memory alloys capable of undergoing high strain as load bearing components. That's right, the normal pneumatic materials have been replaced with memory alloys that can withstand significant reversible strain, thus providing enhanced control and increased design versatility. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Astronomers have discovered the first interstellar asteroid, nicknamed "Oumuamua" (Hawaiian for 'a messenger from afar arriving first'), in our solar system, and it was observed passing by Earth. The asteroid is described to be dark and reddish, without any gas or dust surrounding it. Initial observations have peg it at a quarter-mile long, and approximately 10-times longer than its width. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Uber partnered with NASA to create Uber Air, a flying taxi service that will hit the skies in 2020. The vehicle will need to take off and land vertically, while operating safely while flying at a low altitude. "UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies," said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden. How much is a trip going to cost? Approximately what you'd pay for an UberX ride. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Dubai has partnered with Bjarke Ingels to build the world's largest space simulation city in the UAE desert, which will mimic the conditions of life on mars. Spanning 1.9 million square feet, the "Mars Science City Project" will consist of massive domed structures that host laboratories for food, energy, water, agricultural testing, studies about food security, and a museum displaying humanity's greatest space achievements. Plus, the museum's walls will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert Continue reading for more pictures and information.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the full spacesuit astronauts will wear flying to and from the International Space Station (ISS), among other destinations. The company aims to launch paying customers on a trip around the moon in the near future, as they already make resupply runs to the orbiting lab for NASA, using the robotic, cargo version of Dragon. Continue reading for another video and more information.