NASA's EmDrive prototype leaked in a report by the US space agency. Utilizing a resonant cavity thruster, the EmDrive can move through space without expelling matter to push against, as it's powered by particles of light and microwaves that ricochet inside a sealed cone-shaped chamber. This movement of the particles, along with the waves produced, generate thrust, driving the engine forward. The technology could move an object through space at far greater speeds than laser or solar powered crafts currently under development, all the while confusing physicists since it's seemingly able to propel itself forward without using any fuel. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a mind-blowing animated "Majora's Mask" fan film.
Mister Enigma on YouTube recently shared a video by Gerril Vigil that purportedly shows a swarm of UFOs leaving the moon. "The clip is truly remarkable as you can see the objects coming from the bottom left. It looks as though there could be hundreds of them, but the jury is still out on whether this is some kind of optical illusion," said Enigma. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone swishing a basketball from the top of a dam.
NASA's Apollo 10 astronauts orbited the moon in 1969 as a test-run for the Apollo 11 moon landing two months later. While they flew around the far side of the moon, consequently putting them out of radio contact with Earth for roughly an hour, they heard some bizarre sounds that puzzled them. The entire conversation was initially kept under wraps by NASA and only released from their archives in 2008, but the actual recording of the sounds were classified, until now. Continue reading for part 2 of the video series. Click here for bonus images from the Apollo moon missions.
Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon (an H type mission), launched November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. They carried the first color television camera to the lunar surface on an Apollo flight, but transmission was lost after Bean accidentally destroyed the camera by pointing it at the Sun. On one of two moonwalks, they visited the Surveyor and removed some parts for return to Earth. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
The The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, operated by NASA, is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling oversized cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines, which in turn was named for its resemblance to a pregnant guppy. A total of five examples were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the "Super Guppy". Continue reading for five more cool facts you may not have known about this aircraft. Click here for a few bonus images of the Super Guppy.
Invented in 1963 by NASA's Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field, a ferrofluid is basically a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. They are colloidal liquids made of nanoscale ferromagnetic, or ferrimagnetic, particles suspended in a carrier fluid (usually an organic solvent or water). Each tiny particle is thoroughly coated with a surfactant to inhibit clumping. Continue reading for five more interesting things you may not have known about ferrofluids.
Congress has just passed a bill that gives NASA a $19.5-billion budget to send a manned crew to Mars, but under one condition...it must happen within the next 25 years. "In order to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the long-term exploration and utilization activities of the United States, the Administrator shall take all necessary steps, including engaging international academic, and industry partners to ensure the activities in the Administration's human exploration program balance how those activities might also help meet the requirement of future exploration and utilization activities leading to human habitation on the surface of Mars," states the bill. Continue reading for another video on the colonization of Mars and more information.
Elon Musk has big plans for his space ventures, and it includes sending humans to the Red Planet. He announced, at Code Conference 2016 in California: "I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025. The basic game plan is we're going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards. They occur approximately every 26 months. We're establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo." Both cargo and humans will be sent by an Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), formerly known as Mars Cargo Transporter (MCT). Continue reading for another video on Mars. Click here for new images of the planet captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
NASA's Curiosity Mars has captured new images of Maris, the 'Murray Buttes' region to be more specific. "Curiosity's science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars. Studying these buttes up close has given us a better understanding of ancient sand dunes that formed and were buried, chemically changed by groundwater, exhumed and eroded to form the landscape that we see today," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the massive ProDrone, which can pick up entire fences.
NASA has managed to capture a "voiceprint" of what Jupiter's auroras would sound like following Juno's maiden voyage around the giant gas planet. During this flyby, the spacecraft's waves instrument received radio signals associated with the giant planet's intense auroras. "The signals have been shifted into the audio frequency range and are displayed in a format similar to a voiceprint, showing intensity of waves as a function of frequency and time," reports the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Click here for a few bonus images of Jupiter's auroras. Continue reading for another video of what Jupiter sounds like, recording during an earlier mission.