A UFO researcher has spotted what may be an extraterrestrial spaceship among thousands of photographs taken by astronauts on the Apollo missions. The image in question show three lights in the corner of one shot of a lunar landscape. Scott C Waring says it could possibly be a top secret 'TR3B' craft that the US military could have been testing at the time. "All evidence points to this being 100 per cent real guys. No doubts here. I just don't see why NASA doesn't just cave in from the massive amount of evidence the public is posting," adds Waring. Continue reading for another video that one Apollo 17 astronaut spotted while on the lunar surface.
NASA has just released incredible enhanced color images of Pluto's moon Charon, which are a composite of the red, blue, and infrared images taken by the New Horizon's Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) during its closest approach to the system. As you can see, Charon's two hemispheres are wildly different, mainly due to the fact that ice erupts from below the dwarf moon's surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone painting in virtual reality.
Space fans rejoice! You can now browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by NASA's Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras. To date, there have been over 8,400 high-resolution scans of photos shot by astronauts during various Apollo missions to the moon. Since the images are unprocessed NASA scans, things may not all be in focus, or properly exposed. Continue reading to see a few of the more notable images.
Thoth Technology, a Canada-based space technology company, has been granted a patent for a 12-mile high, 755-feet wide inflatable space elevator that promises to reduce the cost of getting to space by at least 30%. It's supported by pneumatically pressurized cells filled with air or another gas, and incorporate a series of flywheels that act as compressors which could adjust pressure within each cell to compensate for any bending. Astronauts would then ascend to 20 km by electrical elevator, and from the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refueling and reflight. "Landing on a barge at sea level is a great demonstration, but landing at 12 miles above sea level will make space flight more like taking a passenger jet," said Thoth President and CEO, Caroline Roberts. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a chill moose hanging out with a drone.
This is allegedly 16mm footage collection of NASA's ISV Columbus spacecraft, used by NASA and the US Air Force during classified Red Sun Project missions. The entire video lasts 40-minutes, but was edited to show only a few of the more notable scenes. This was reportedly the second manned mission to Mars, with a crew of Elliot See (Commander), William.B.Rutledge (Pilot), Vladimir Ilyushin - and it took place during 1973. Continue reading for another video of the press conference and more information.
Scientists announced today "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars. "Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought of in the past. Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars," said Jim Green, NASA's planetary science director. Experts said mysterious lines running down steep slopes on the surface of the Red Planet may be streaks of super-salty brine. According to NASA, these findings "provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars," making it easier to send a manned mission to the planet, which they aim to do in the 2030s. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
PhD student Paddy Neumann has invented an ion drive system that works by bombarding the fuel source with electric arcs, causing the ions to be discarded, thus providing higher spacecraft top speeds (200,000mph) than any other rocket currently available. To put things into perspective, the space shuttle is capable of a top speed of around 18,000mph. Neumann said that it could power a spacecraft to "Mars and back on one tank of fuel." Continue reading for another video of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining ion propulsion systems and more information.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft provides us with an up-close look at Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This footage was captured on July 13, 2015, from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers), and was combined with color information obtained by New Horizons' Ralph instrument on the same day. The marking you see in Charon's north polar region is a thin deposit of dark material over a distinct, sharply bounded, angular feature. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The total super blood moon eclipse will last over a hour and begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT). While super moons aren't rare, tonight's will be the closest to Earth in all of 2015, coming within 221,753 miles of our planet, and it will also appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. The last time a supermoon occurred with a total lunar eclipse was in 1982, and the next time it will happen will be in 2033. "Earth's shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 9:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m," NASA says. Continue reading for another video explaining the phenomenon, and more information.
Foster + Partners, the British architecture firm behind Apple's new 'spaceship' campus, have unveiled 3D-printed habitats for astronauts who will be settling the red planet in the next few decades. These structures will be built by an array of pre-programmed, semi-autonomous robots prior to the eventual arrival of the astronauts on the Martian surface. They will select the site, dig a 1.5-meter deep crater, followed by a second delivery of the inflatable modules which sit within the crater to form the core of the settlement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.