NASA's Project HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) is a plan to colonize Venus with cloud cities in the atmosphere, due to its surface temperatures averaging 460° C. Believe it or not, such a mission would be possible now using current technology, as it would make use of airships which can stay afloat in the upper atmosphere for extended periods of time. The upper atmosphere of Venus, between altitudes of 50km and 60km, is the most Earth-like location in the solar system, since the pressure and temperature can be compared to regions of our lower atmosphere. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Many photography enthusiasts already know that NASA contracted Hasselblad to build kits designed specifically for their space missions. Neil Armstrong used a Hasselblad 500EL Data Camera with a Zeiss Biogon 60mm f/5.6 lens that sported a special glass plate with precise etchings that were exposed onto each shot to allow for photogrammetry on the moon. "The journeys home from the moon made very special demands on what could return regarding weight, etc. So, having fulfilled their mission, a total of thirteen cameras were deemed as an encumbrance and therefore left behind. Only the film magazines containing the precious latent images were brought back," according to Hasselblad. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released a new virtual Mars visit videothat shows an unreleased Microsoft HoloLens headset, possibly the HoloLens 2, featuring a redesigned visor, single adjustable band, and a slightly concealed Kinect sensor that isn't as visible at the front. The company is currently working on a second-generation HoloLens headset, codenamed Sydney. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA has announced that Voyager 2, a space probe launched on August 20, 1977, has detected 'an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system,' combined with the fact that it's almost 11-billion miles away from Earth, scientists believe that it close to leaving the confines of the solar system. Since 2007, Voyager 2 has been traveling towards the heliosphere, a bubble-like region of space that encompasses not only all 8 planets, but far beyond as well. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong officially set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, but many have dug into the original footage and photos to discover that the footprints don't quite match his boots. Well, there's good reason for that and it's because of the overshoes with treaded soles that he wore as part of the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Lockheed Martin's proposed Lunar Lander Concept is described as a 14-meter tall (twice as tall as the Lunar Module used during the Apollo missions), single-stage spacecraft that can carry up to four astronauts to the lunar surface, where they can stay for up to 14 days. "There is a lift elevator platform to get the crew down from the cabin to the surface," said Lockheed Martin principal space exploration architect Tim Cichan in an interview with Ars Technica. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.
NASA's Mars Rover, first unveiled in 2017, appears like a cross between a Halo Warthog and the Batmobile, created by a team of custom car builders. It's capable of achieving speeds as high as 70 mph (around 15 mph on Mars), thanks to an electric drivetrain. Television host Stephen Colbert recently got the chance to take this beast out with none other than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Continue reading for another video and more information.
JAXA's Hayabusa 2 has captured the highest-resolution image of its target asteroid, 162173 Ryugu, yet, and it shows its surface in detail. This was made possible with the spacecraft's Optical Navigation Camera as it was flying close to the asteroid to deploy the MINERVA-II1 rovers - ROVER-1A and 1B - that have already touched down on the asteroid and are snapping photos as we speak. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has just released two photos that give us a glimpse into the company's Mars exploration plans. The first image shows a BFR rocket that will be used for deep space missions, and the other, "Mars Base Alpha." SpaceX will first launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 before Martian settlers arrive by 2024. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, was announced as the first man set to fly aboard a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along with him. Maezawa, 42, will be the first lunar traveler since the astronauts of the US Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Continue reading for another video and more information.