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RIP Mars Opportunity Rover. Designed For 90 Days, It Lasted 14 Years

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity…

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What the World Looks Like From the International Space Station

Compiled and edited (and color graded, denoised, deflickered, stabilized) by Bruce W. Berry Jr, all of 4K video and timelapse sequences were taken by the astronauts onboard the ISS (NASA/ESA). In the video description on Vimeo, Bruce adds: Some interesting facts about the ISS: The ISS maintains an orbit above the earth with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 miles). The ISS completes 15.54 orbits per day around the earth and travels at a speed of 27,600 km/h; 17,100 mph).   The yellow line that…

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Mars Lander Captures Haunting Sound of Martian Winds

Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Dec. 1, 2018. The seismometer readings are in the range of human hearing, but are nearly all bass and difficult to hear on laptop speakers and mobile devices. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. Playback is suggested on a sound system with a…

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Travelled 300 Million Miles, Took This Pic

NASA/JPL-Caltech The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a…

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An Infinity Earth Puzzle With No Edges or Fixed Shape (12 Photos)

Puzzle by Nervous System Nervous System has designed this incredible 442-piece, infinity puzzle of Earth with no edges or fixed shape. Infinitely configurable, this puzzle is based on photographs from NASA’s Earth Observatory and transformed into an area-preserving icosahedral map projection with the topology of a sphere. Made from laser cut, custom birch plywood, this amazing puzzle is available by Nervous System directly on their website. Learn more about the puzzle design below. For a more detailed explanation of the design check out this blog post by Nervous System. [via…

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40 Hilarious Reactions To NASAs InSights First Photos From Mars

This year seems to be quite an active time for all the people who have their eyes set on the “final frontier”.  With Tesla being launched into space, and Kepler’s fuel running out, it was just the time for another big event on the horizon. Launched on the 5th of May, InSight robotic lander has reached the surface of Mars yesterday, November 26, marking another tremendous step in human, as well as space exploration, history. Upon entering Mars’ atmosphere, InSight had reached the speed of  12,300 miles per hour (5.5…

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A Real Time 4K Journey Around Earth from Orbit

“Orbit” is a real-time reconstruction of time-lapse photography taken on board the International Space Station by NASA’s Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. The structure of the film is built around the world of Phaeleh’s last three albums: Lost Time, Illusion of the Tale, and Somnus. According to the creator, Seán Doran, the tone and pacing of each track influenced the choice of material used. Typically each time-lapse sequence was photographed at 1 frame per second. Each sequence was processed in Photoshop. A dirtmap was made in order to repair…

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When NASA Has a Pumpkin Carving Contest Expect Over-Engineered Goodness

Once a year, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California take a break from building robots that explore the solar system to building over-engineered jack-o’-lanterns.   from NASA JPL’s 2016 pumpkin carving contest   Now in its seventh year, the unofficial pumpkin carving contest gives engineers a chance to flex their creative muscles and bond as a team. The rules are simple: no planning, carving or competing during work hours. Below you will find some highlights from this year’s contest as well as some interesting entries from years…

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11 moments from the International Space Stations first 20 years

It was November 20, 1998, when an unprecedented international coalition of astronomers, engineers and rocket scientists saw years of collaboration come to fruition with the launch of the International Space Station’s first component. Since then, the largest spacecraft ever built has hosted innumerable astronauts, experiments and other craft. Here are a few notable moments in the history of this inspiring and decades-spanning mission. 1984: Reagan proposes the ISS — without Russia The space station was originally going to be a U.S. effort, but soon became a collaboration with Canada, Japan…

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Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ NASA broadcast goes terribly wrong after a breach

Saturday Night Live’s Captain Ed McGovern (Steve Carell) thought live streaming to children’s classrooms across America from the International Space Station would be great. It was not. After an unfortunate breach in the system left all the monkeys (and one cat) on-board frozen solid and flying around, things got a bit hectic. And while we’re pretty sure no amount of space puns or jokes could distract from a frozen Russian woman flying outside the spacecraft, that doesn’t stop McGovern from trying We “Apollo-gize” for the horrors you’re about to see.…

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NASA Scientists Find Perfectly Rectangular Iceberg in Antarctica

Photograph by NASA NASA scientists recently spotted a perfectly rectangular iceberg floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. They added that the iceberg’s sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf. In an interview with Live Science, NASA scientist Kelly Brunt explains: We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know…

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Alexander Gerst Captured Some Incredible Shots of Typhoon Trami from Space

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst recently shared a series of incredible images of Typhoon Trami from the International Space Station, where he is currently serving as Station Commander for Expedition 57. Trami was originally a category 5 super typhoon but has since weakened to a category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of approximately 195 km/h (121 mph) as it prepares to make landfall in the Ryuku islands (southwest) of Japan this Friday. According to CNN, ‘Trami comes on the heels of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which cut a…

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Space station air leak: someone drilled the hole, say Russians

Several attempts at drilling were made by a wavering hand either on Earth or in orbit, in what could be accident or sabotage An air leak on the International Space Station might have been sabotage, according to the head of Russias Roscosmos space agency, and an investigation is under way. Dmitry Rogozin said the caused from outside by a tiny meteorite, but later admitted that had been ruled out. Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) ISS Leak summary: First thought was MMOD strike. Then NASA released pics. Lots of people: “Hmmm,…

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