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.
SpaceX has officially landed its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time in California, as it had previously done so at least 30 times, but all in Florida and on barges in the Pacific Ocean. The Falcon 9 took the Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit, launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at approximately 7pm local time on Sunday, and the booster came back to Earth safely eight minutes later. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and 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.
Sun City Camp, located in the red desert of Jordan's Wadi Rum, offers adventurers a Mars-like experience right here on Earth in Bedouin-style tents or Martian Domes. Don't let the exterior fool you, each one of these units boast luxurious amenities, such as king-sized beds, private bathrooms, and spacious terraces to soak in the mountains as well as glorious views of the night sky. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
The European Space Agency has just released a new photo captured by the Rosetta spacecraft in 2014 of a geological feature on Comet 67P, called "Seth". It's "one of the geological regions on the larger of the two comet lobes, which declines towards the smoother Hapi region on the comet's 'neck' that connects the two lobes. The landscape in the background reveals hints of the Babi and Aker regions, both located on the large lobe of 67P/C-G," according to the ESA. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.
Alexander Gerst, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, captured a stunning series of Typhoon Trami images from the International Space Station, where he's currently Station Commander for Expedition 57. Typhoon Trami has already disrupted travel in the world's third-biggest economy, with bullet train services in the west of Japan suspended and almost 1,000 flights cancelled due to the closure of a key airport hub. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
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.