Friday, June 24, 2016

Graphite

Graphite, or something close to it, has been found on Mercury, the dwarf planet Ceres, and Pluto's big moon, Charon.

The three are in vastly different space environments, which makes explaining the graphite interesting.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pluto Ocean?

A new study using New Horizons data suggests Pluto might have a subsurface ocean.

That in turn suggests many Kuiper Belt Objects may have similar oceans.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Building Human Organs In Space

A team of companies led by NASA is developing the capability to 3-D print human organs in space.  Microgravity allows the use of more pure bio-material.

Potentially, printing organs could become a key space industry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finding ET

A new study suggests that, if human civilization represents the average in the galaxy, we may not contact another civilization for 1,500 years.

Seth Shostak of the SETI Instiitute, on the other hand, has said he expects to find alien signals by 2025.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Now, Blue Origins

Blue Origins has now successfully launched and landed the same booster four times.

Between BO and SpaceX, the reality of re-usable rockets has essentially been established.  That's something NASA has never accomplished.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Juno

NASA's Juno spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter on July 4 after five years in space.

Juno will study Jupiter's formation and evolution.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Almost....

SpaceX successfully launched two communication satellites into orbit yesterday, but failed to soft land the booster.

The miss ends a streak of three successes.