Friday, April 24, 2015

After Hubble

Hubble, serviced by astronauts and operating in low Earth orbit, revolutionized our view of the universe.

The next generation of space telescope, serviced by robots and operating in deep space, may find life on other planets.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hubble At 25

The Hubble Space Telescope has now been in space for 25 years.  After a rough beginning that necessitated a dramatic repair mission by shuttle astronauts, Hubble has helped spark a revolution in our understanding of the universe.

Future science historians may well christen this period The Hubble Era.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paul Spudis

Paul Spudis is senior staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, and an expert on the Moon.  He advocates using robots to mine lunar water ice to establish fuel depots-- water yields hydrogen and oxygen, which makes an excellent rocket fuel when correctly recombined.

He also wants to use robots to support the establishment of a permanent human presence on the Moon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Floating In Venusian Skies

A new NASA study suggests, someday, establishing a manned outpost on Venus that would float in the relatively benign atmosphere 30 miles above the surface.

It is reminiscent of an idea offered by Randa Milliron, now CEO of Interorbital Systems, several years ago.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dating The Moon

By analyzing meteoritic fragments in a new study, scientists place the impact with Earth that gave birth to the Moon at 4.47 billion years ago.

That time is consistent with estimates made using other methods.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vulcan Aerospace

Paul Allen, who made billions by co-founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, has created a new company, Vulcan Aerospace, that will be tasked to find innovative, cost-reducing ways to reach space.

Allen also supports the Allen Telescope Array, the largest project yet undertaken by the SETI Institute in its search for extraterrestrial intelligent radio signals.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MESSENGER Crash

NASA plans to end its MESSENGER mission to Mercury by crashing the probe into the planet April 30.

Unfortunately, the actual crash will not be visible from Earth.