How would you like to send your name and a haiku straight to the Red Planet? Who’s it for? Who’s gonna read it when it gets there? These are questions I can’t answer, but NASA is giving everyone this unique opportunity when they launch their Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (or MAVEN) spacecraft this November.
Rock samples collected on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover have revealed that the Red Planet may have, at one time, supported life. “Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream …
You know, I just can’t help perusing conspiracy forums now and then. It’s where all the cool people hang out. And by cool, I mean…well…let’s just get right to today’s peculiar find.
On February 15, 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will glide past Earth, coming within 27,700 km (or 17,200 miles), closer than our orbiting geosynchronous satellite ring. As you can see in the above animation created by NASA, this will definitely be a close encounter.
Don’t make any plans for about four billion years from now. That’s when our distant neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, will collide with the Milky Way.
Does anyone know how to get a refund on a $2 million underground bunker? Oh.
Yesterday, CICLOPS (that’s Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations) released a fascinating new image of Saturn titled “A Splendor Seldom Seen.” Courtesy NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the image was taken on October 17, 2012. As you can see from the ghostly hues, Saturn is backlit by the sun, putting Cassini in the planet’s shadow. Because of …