Formula Drift World Champion Fredric Aasbo partnered with Toyota to create a crazy stunt that can be viewed from space, using his Icom Toyota Express Service 86-X. Unlike the standard GT86, this competition version is powered by a turbocharged 3.4L straight-six engine that sends 1,150 horsepower to the wheels. They plotted the time at which a satellite would pass overhead and performed donuts to create tire marks shaped like the number '86, large enough to be seen from orbit. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the full spacesuit astronauts will wear flying to and from the International Space Station (ISS), among other destinations. The company aims to launch paying customers on a trip around the moon in the near future, as they already make resupply runs to the orbiting lab for NASA, using the robotic, cargo version of Dragon. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Photographer JunHo managed to capture the Great American Eclipse up-close, and in 4K quality, using a 2160mm f/12 telescope, Panasonic GX85, and a RST-150H robotic mount by RainbowAstro to trace the edge of totality. "RST-150H weighs only 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) but carries up to 15kg (33 lbs) of optical equipment without any counter weight. RST-150H mount is specially programmed to trace Sun's peripheral during total eclipse period to match C2 and C3 contact moments. This allows us to catch breath stopping moments of Sun set and rise over the Moon's horizon," said JunHo. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Elon Musk revealed today the first image of a person sitting in what looks like a spacecraft cabin, wearing a bright SpaceX spacesuit. These suits have already been tested in "double vacuum pressure," despite being "incredibly hard" to balance aesthetics and function, according to Musk. Manned test flights are scheduled for 2018, with flights to the station scheduled to take place in 2019. Continue reading for another video about SpaceX's plans for Mars and more information.
Jack Davis, a 9-year-old New Jersey describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy", and is hoping to land a job at NASA as a "Planetary Protection Officer". In a letter the agency posted online , Jack said that he has seen all the space and alien movies possible, and is great at video games. "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," said NASA Planetary Science Director James Green. Continue reading to see both the original letter to NASA and their response.
That's right, NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) with a salary of $124,406 - $187,000 depending on experience. "The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA's planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection," said NASA. Continue reading for another video and more information.
With manned missions to Mars just starting, many well-known companies will be contracted to produce vehicles, and one of them could be Lamborghini, or so designer Xundi Li thinks. Called the Lamborghini Mars X1, this rugged vehicle is designed to go anywhere on the red planet, from collecting soil samples to traversing dangerous terrain. It features a main bed to haul larger items, while even the wheels even have storage space in the center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have just announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). This will be the world's first instrument to image the Milky Way Galaxy and to conduct international astrophysical observations and communications from the lunar surface. "Moon Express now has all the capital it needs to land its small robotic spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The company's goal is twofold: 1) mine the moon for valuable resources, such as Helium-3, gold, platinum group metals, rare earth metals and water; and 2) help researchers develop human space colonies for future generations," said co-founder and chairman Naveen Jain. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA's Juno orbiter has transmitted stunning close-ups of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. It's been orbiting the massive planet for more than a year, but last weekend's flyby was the closest that the probe came to the solar system's most famous superstorm. The images were captured from as little as 2,200 miles above the cloud tops, while flying directly over the Great Red Spot at a distance of 5,600 miles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
For the first time ever, a team of scientists from China have managed to successfully teleport a photon from the ground to a satellite in Earth's orbit 311-miles away. This strange phenomenon occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, share a wave function. Since they come into existence simultanously, they share the same identity, even when separated. This means whatever happens to one, happens to the other - wherever it exists. Continue reading for another video and more information.