NASA's Juno Probe is a solar-powered spacecraft has finally reached Jupiter after 5-years and 1.8-billion miles. It fired its main rocket engine at 11:18pm ET, and quickly slowed from 165,000 mph into a sweeping orbit around the planet. The Juno spacecraft's suite of science instruments will determine the ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, effectively measuring the abundance of water in Jupiter, which will help distinguish among prevailing theories linking Jupiter's formation to the Solar System. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view a few bonus images of Jupiter.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a massive aurora, caused by solar particles and volcanic debris in the space around the giant planet being accelerated towards the poles by its powerful magnetic field, that is larger than the entire Earth. The Juno probe is currently currently riding through the solar wind as it will enter Jupiter's orbit on July 4. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Could Mars be home to tiny humanoid aliens? Images captured by Curiosity Rover's Mastcam allegedly show a creature peering out from around a rock. "This human-like figure is peering around the corner of a rock wall and I can make out its head, chest, shoulders, arm, leg, knee, and foot from this one close up photo," said UFO researcher Scott Waring. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Using images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor, amateur astronomer Will Farrar, who runs the YouTube channel "WhatsUpInTheSky37" from his home in from Salisibury, Maryland, claims to have found evidence of lakes of standing water surrounded by trees on the surface of the red planet. "This has never been addressed by NASA since we are still looking for these 'minuscule' traces of life and water. I ask you to use your judgement on this one. What does this look like to you," said Farrar. Continue reading for another video and more information. Continue reading for another video and more information.
"Right-handed" and "left-handed" molecule compounds are essential to all life on Earth, and have been found in meteors as well as comets, but now, for the first time, one has been spotted in interstellar space. Finding such chiral molecules, or "life's first handshake", in space, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space images.
Before high-resolution displays, NASA scientists frequently used large chalkboards to convey idea and / or solve equations. Whats' even more significant is the U.S public's perception of the Soviet lead in putting the first man in space. This motivated President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress on May 25, 1961 to commit the federal government to a program to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which effectively launched the Apollo program. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never mess around with a $70,000 video camera.
The TR-3B Aurora is supposedly a classified military aircraft that can not only exceed Mach 10, but also travel into space. SecureTeam10 on YouTube provides images of what appears to be a triangular craft moving on the moon. "While video imaging the moon in this area I caught a craft flying above the moon surface. At first the object is nearly impossible to spot amid the bumps and lumps of the moon's surface in the hazy video but when Steve zooms in the triangular entity becomes clearer. Tyler, in his commentary of the video states that it could well be a massive triangle or a formation of objects - 'not uncommon with our military jets here on earth," said Steve, director of a major Texas-based corporate jet fleet. 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 a man who goes about his daily life in a suit of armor.
Apollo 8, the second human spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. Secureteam10 recently came across a strange image from the mission that apparently shows a massive object, possibly a spacecraft. "This is basically the last in this film magazine taken during the Apollo 8 moon mission. As you can see in the photo, there is something massive that appears either over or on the moon. I went back to the Apollo Image Atlas and went through all of the previous frames before this and there was nothing out of the ordinary. In frame 2908 all of a sudden we see this massive triangular-shaped object sitting atop the moon," said the researcher. Continue reading for another moon anomaly and more information.
Crawler-transporters are currently the largest self-powered land vehicles on Earth. These tracked vehicles have been used to transport spacecraft from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. Designed and built by Marion Power Shovel Company using components designed and built by Rockwell International, each has a mass of 6,000,000-pounds, while boasting eight tracks, two on each corner. It's controlled from two control cabs located at either end of the vehicle, and travels along the 3.5-mile crawlerway at a maximum speed of 1mph loaded, or 2mph unloaded. Now here's something you may not know...the average trip time from the VAB along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39 is about 5-hours. 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 showing why you should never look directly at the sun with a small telescope.
Astronomers have just discovered three habitable Earth-sized worlds in the 'Goldilocks' zone of a nearby star, called "Trappist-1", located just 40-light-years away. This star is much cooler and more reddish in color than our sun, while being barely larger than Jupiter in the constellation of Aquarius. "The planets are 20 to 100 times closer to their star than Earth is to the sun. This is more similar in scale to the system of Jupiter's moons than the solar system," said Michael Gillon of the University of Liege, Belgium. Continue reading for another video and more information.