Posts under Tag: space
Man are We Small…I Mean Really Small!

In keeping with our ongoing love and fascination with outer space and the universe, we thought we would take a moment and share something amazing that will absolutely blow your mind and melt your brain at the same time…once upon a time scientists pointed the best telescope the Hubble at what appeared to be nothing..and…..were they ever wrong!


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Mars here we come!

This past Saturday November 26 2011, NASA sent into space an Atlas V rocket that carried a payload of a totally Awesome laboratory onboard the Mars rover “Curiosity” whose job it will be to explore the bottom of a 100 mile wide crater that is believed to hold the key to unlocking and discovering the possibilities of life on Mars. Curiosity will spend its time questing for organic life…watch as Curiosity soars to new hieghts as she reaches the vastness of space without a hitch :)


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The Death Star Is Upon Us!

If Darth Vader and the Emperor shared an intergalactic condo, being as shady as they are, they would likely make there homestead in the darkest place in space…Hehehe, we will out fox those Jedi rebels yet!…Don’t think so Darth, the jig is up amigo! Earthly Astronomers have now discovered a super dark planet, likely Darth’s secret hideout, though this has not been confirmed as the planet is basically a black hole in space – no really, Darth’s hang out (or TrES-b2) reflects less than 1% of the light from the star that it orbits – it is blacker than black and can barley be seen from space. Earthly scientists are marveled at how it absorbs so much light without giving back – perhaps Darth’s new hangout is entirely made of black coal or some mineral entirely unknown to us – Oh the mysteries of outer space… she is amazing, always keeping us on the edge of our seats, we marvel at your vast incredible greatness :) Wonder how Darth sees to clean his condo?…..Vader vision?

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Huge Storm on Saturn

Strolling through sci.space.news, I came across an article with an enormous storm going across the planet Saturn. A storm that is still going on today that has lasted for months! Check out the amazing image below.

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Space the Final Frontier

In today’s era of high-tech advancement and achievements with inventions like the electric hybrid car and ultra thin light weight super powerful hand held computer touch screen tablets like the iPad 2, it would and should not come as a surprise to many that our advancements don’t stop within the field of micro-computing, but indeed extend far into the exciting and adventurous unknown realms of space travel as well. In today’s busy worldly age, our media streams from reporters are largely filled with the happening of daily life here on earth and very seldom do we hear anything about the progress being made in the field of space travel. Despite our unawareness, thankfully due to the vision of the people and teams at Virgin Galactic, the goal of eventual commercial space travel for you and me is very much alive and well. Not to discredit the incredibly fantastic exploration missions or technological advancements made by NASA and others who have made it possible to land on the Moon and build the international space station, the teams at Virgin Galactic have only improved and opened up the possibility that the average man may one day be able to travel into space. Using design principles from NASA’s space shuttle designs coupled with new aerodynamic principles in composite design, Virgin Galactic has produced a light -weight space shuttle that can be used over and over with a very quick turn around time and it is capable of soft runway touchdowns just like an airplane. The VSS Enterprise, as it is lovingly named, is able to maintain a solid and stable atmospheric re-entry profile through the use of tail section that is rotated into a upward 65 degree angle to the fuselage after which at around 33,500 feet the pilots rotate the tail back down so that the ship is returned to it’s glider shape and can then glide to finish with a nicely controlled soft touch landing.

On May 4th 2011 the VSS Enterprise completed her first successful test flight of her “feathered” re-entry configuration over the skies of the Mojave Desert in CA., the Pilots Pete Siebold and Clint Nichols climbed to an altitude of 51,500 attached to the aircraft carrier WhitKnight2 and were then released activating the Enterprise’s “feather” configuration and falling near vertical at 15,500 feet/minute for almost one minute and 15 seconds and then at 33,500 the pilots switch the VSS Enterprise back to glide mode and she had a nice smooth soft touchdown on the runway. The test was a complete success and this news only serves to show that commercial space travel is cost viable and possible with a re-usable vehicle like the VSS Enterprise. With 7 flight under her wings since she was commissioned in December 2009, the Enterprise is sure to be seeing the vastness of space very soon… Stay tuned!

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