Photo processing guru Jason Major edited a massive coronal mass ejection captured by NASA on June 7th, 2011 by placing Earth in the upper left corner for scale. For those unfamiliar with the phenomena, it's basically a significant release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona. They often follow solar flares and are normally present during a solar prominence eruption. The plasma is released into the solar wind, and can be observed in coronagraph imagery. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Defense Department outlined plans for a sixth branch of the U.S. Military by 2020, called the "Space Force," and as as strange as it may first sound, it's 100% real. Congress looks to pump $8-billion worth of funding over the next five years, starting with these proposed logos. "America will always seek peace in space, as on the Earth. But history proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead," said Vice President Mike Pence. Continue reading for three more videos and information.
NASA astronaut Alan Shepard made his second space flight as Commander of Apollo 14 from January 31 to February 9, 1971. He piloted the lunar module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program, and this was the first mission to broadcast extensive color television coverage from the lunar surface, using the Westinghouse Lunar Color Camera. While on the Moon, Shepard used a Wilson six-iron head attached to a lunar sample scoop handle to drive golf balls. Continue reading for another video and pictures of the club itself.
Believe it or not, astronauts aboard International Space Station don't use special cameras, but rather normal ones that you can find on Amazon among other retailers. NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us what it's like to shoot beautiful places, such as Venice, The Dead Sea, and the Golden Gate Bridge, from the ISS. Hadfield was a part of three missions to space, and spent 166 days days there, all the while capturing 45,000 photos during that span of time. "You don't always get it right. I mean, the National Geographic photographers - they take thousands of pictures for every one that makes it into the magazine. Same for us. But the world is a very generous photography subject and you have the best tripod in existence, so it's a great place to take pictures," said Hadfield. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA has just announced the winners of its 3D-printed Mars habitats competition, with the top prize taking home a cool $100k, and this means we could be seeing at least one of them sooner than later. The participating teams were required to create a solution for the entire process, including transporting materials to Mars as well as accounting for the different atmosphere and terrain. The habitats also had to safely and comfortably accommodate four astronauts and their machinery. Continue reading for three more videos and information.
The Burning Man festival, held in the Black Rock desert, is known to reach extreme temperatures nearly, but its attendees could have some relief this year, in an unlikely way. Artist Alex Shtanuk has proposed to create a 107,000-square-foot NASA space blanket, made of thin, vacuumized metal, to reflect up to 97% of radiant heat, cooling the people hiding under its waves. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity was carried by WhiteKnightTwo to an altitude of 46,500ft before it was released into the atmosphere. Test pilots Dave Mackay and Mike 'Sooch' Masucci started the rocket motor before pulling up into a near vertical climb at 2.47 times the speed of sound. The 42-second rocket burn took the Unity through the Stratosphere and at 170,800 ft, into areas of the atmosphere known as the Mesosphere, for the first time. Continue reading for another video and more information.
A huge 12-mile lake of liquid water has been discovered on Mars for the first time as scientists hunt for alien life on the planet. It lies beneath the red planet's southern ice cap and "this is the place on Mars where you have something that most resembles a habitat, a place where life could subsist," according to Prof Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA plans to establish a small space station in the moon's orbit by the mid-2020s, and the "Lunar Orbital Platform" could make it a reality. Moon Express was founded in 2010 with the goal of scouting and mining the moon for resources, while working to lower the cost of robotic lunar missions. This means humans will be able to stay on the moon in the coming years as well. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Scientists have managed to use ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to capture the first confirmed image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star. This planet is carving a path through the primordial disc of gas and dust around the very young star PDS 70, which suggests that the planet's atmosphere is cloudy. "These discs around young stars are the birthplaces of planets, but so far only a handful of observations have detected hints of baby planets in them. The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc," said Miriam Keppler, who lead the team behind the discovery of PDS 70's still-forming planet. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the ultimate Hot Wheels GoPro challenge.