Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage

r/space – Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage

Oh dear – another one disintegrates over Guam

Source: www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/fxtfx9/likely_breakup_of_an_indonesian_commsat_over_guam/

r/space – Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage Oh dear – another one disintegrates over Guam Source: www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/fxtfx9/likely_breakup_of_an_indonesian_commsat_over_guam/

NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

 

NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers.

Source: mars.nasa.gov/news/8606/nasa-prepares-for-moon-and-mars-with-new-addition-to-its-deep-space-network/

  NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers. Source: mars.nasa.gov/news/8606/nasa-prepares-for-moon-and-mars-with-new-addition-to-its-deep-space-network/

First Glimpses of Interstellar Comet Suggest It’s Not So Different

First Glimpses of Interstellar Comet Suggest It’s Not So Different

Early observations of Comet C/2019 Q4, which will likely be declared the first confirmed interstellar comet, suggest that its composition is pretty similar to that of comets found in our own solar system.

Source: www.space.com/interstellar-comet-initial-spectrum-looks-normal.html

First Glimpses of Interstellar Comet Suggest It’s Not So Different Early observations of Comet C/2019 Q4, which will likely be declared the first confirmed interstellar comet, suggest that its composition is pretty similar to that of comets found in our own solar system. Source: www.space.com/interstellar-comet-initial-spectrum-looks-normal.html

NASA’s New Horizons Makes First Detection of Kuiper Belt

 

NASA’s New Horizons Makes First Detection of Kuiper Belt

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year’s 2019 close encounter.

Source: www.nasa.gov/feature/ultima-in-view-nasa-s-new-horizons-makes-first-detection-of-kuiper-belt-flyby-target

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  NASA’s New Horizons Makes First Detection of Kuiper Belt NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year’s 2019 close encounter. Source: www.nasa.gov/feature/ultima-in-view-nasa-s-new-horizons-makes-first-detection-of-kuiper-belt-flyby-target

Stream 47 Hours of Classic Sci-Fi Novels & Stories: Asimov, Wells, Orwell, Verne, Lovecraft & More

 

Stream 47 Hours of Classic Sci-Fi Novels & Stories: Asimov, Wells, Orwell, Verne, Lovecraft & More

Some very cool listening!

 

  Stream 47 Hours of Classic Sci-Fi Novels & Stories: Asimov, Wells, Orwell, Verne, Lovecraft & More Some very cool listening!   Source: www.openculture.com/2018/04/stream-47-hours-of-classic-sci-fi-novels-stories-asimov-wells-orwell-verne-lovecraft-more.html

Computer searches telescope data for evidence of distant planets

Computer searches telescope data for evidence of distant planets

As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers search telescopic images for evidence of debris disks around stars, which are good indicators of exoplanets.

Using the results of that project, researchers at MIT have now trained a machine-learning system to search for debris disks itself. The scale of the search demands automation: There are nearly 750 million possible light sources in the data accumulated through NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission alone.

In tests, the machine-learning system agreed with human identifications of debris disks 97 percent of the time. The researchers also trained their system to rate debris disks according to their likelihood of containing detectable exoplanets. In a paper describing the new work in the journal Astronomy and Computing, the MIT researchers report that their system identified 367 previously unexamined celestial objects as particularly promising candidates for further study.

The work represents an unusual approach to machine learning, which has been championed by one of the paper’s coauthors, Victor Pankratius, a principal research scientist at MIT’s Haystack Observatory. Typically, a machine-learning system will comb through a wealth of training data, looking for consistent correlations between features of the data and some label applied by a human analyst — in this case, stars circled by debris disks.

Source: news.mit.edu/2018/computer-searches-telescope-data-evidence-distant-planets-0330

Computer searches telescope data for evidence of distant planets As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers search telescopic images for evidence of debris disks around stars, which are good indicators of exoplanets. Using the results of Continue Reading

microprocessors used in spacecrafts – WikiChip

Very interesting read about the microprocessors used in various spacecraft . Throughout the years, microprocessors have played a large role in spacecrafts. space-qualified microprocessors are designed to be exceptionally reliable and highly durable. Due to their unique nature, the same set of chips that have been tested and proven to work are used in many spacecrafts. 

microprocessors used in spacecrafts

 

Very interesting read about the microprocessors used in various spacecraft . Throughout the years, microprocessors have played a large role in spacecrafts. space-qualified microprocessors are designed to be exceptionally reliable and highly durable. Due to their unique nature, the same set of chips that have been tested and proven to work are used in many spacecrafts.  Continue Reading

Cicero’s Map to the Stars – Medieval manuscripts blog

Marcus Tullius Cicero, born on 3 January 106 BC, bestrides Latin literature like a colossus. The combination of an immense output of writings and a strong afterlife in the schools of late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, means that more manuscripts of Cicero’s work survive than of any other classical Latin author. Only Augustine of Hippo can claim a more fertile manuscript tradition.

Astronomical treatises continued to be hugely popular in the Middle Ages, and are frequently to be found in miscellaneous manuscripts. 

Source: http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2015/01/ciceros-map-to-the-stars.html

Marcus Tullius Cicero, born on 3 January 106 BC, bestrides Latin literature like a colossus. The combination of an immense output of writings and a strong afterlife in the schools of late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, means that more manuscripts of Cicero’s work survive than of any Continue Reading

Why Didn’t Voyager Explore the Kuiper Belt?

New Horizons

There’s a very good reason – it wasn’t discovered until 1992. At that stage, Voyager 1 was almost all the way across the the Kuiper Belt and Voyager 2 halfway through it!

Source: pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/PI-Perspectives.php?page=piPerspective_02_28_2018

From the article – 

“But, perhaps most important is the question: could Voyager have flown by a small KBO as New Horizons will do this December and January? Regrettably, the answer is no, for a number of reasons. First, even once the Kuiper Belt had been detected in 1992, the Hubble Space Telescope (the only telescope capable of finding such distant flyby targets, even today) hadn’t been repaired to properly focus light. That repair didn’t occur until December 1993. By then, Voyager 1 was exiting the Kuiper Belt near 55 AU, and Voyager 2 was near 42 AU. But even after its repair, the Hubble wasn’t sensitive enough to detect KBOs as small and common as MU69, so there would have been no way to find a flyby target—that capability only came in 2009, when a more advanced and sensitive wide-field camera was placed aboard the Hubble during a servicing mission.”

 

New Horizons is the fifth spacecraft to traverse the Kuiper Belt, but the first to conduct a scientific study of this mysterious region beyond Neptune. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Magda Saina

 

New Horizons There’s a very good reason – it wasn’t discovered until 1992. At that stage, Voyager 1 was almost all the way across the the Kuiper Belt and Voyager 2 halfway through it! Source: pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/PI-Perspectives.php?page=piPerspective_02_28_2018 From the article –  “But, perhaps most important is the question: could Voyager have Continue Reading

Launceston planetarium marks 50 years

Fabulous to see!

Launceston planetarium marks 50 years

Time stands still for Launceston’s planetarium with little changing in the past 50 years.

Source: www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-23/launceston-planetarium-marks-50-years/9408338

Fabulous to see! Launceston planetarium marks 50 years Time stands still for Launceston’s planetarium with little changing in the past 50 years. Source: www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-23/launceston-planetarium-marks-50-years/9408338

NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars

Always loved the idea of going to Mars on an atomic rocket.

 

NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars

Nuclear-powered spacecraft would cut travel time to the red planet.

Source: www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/nasa-is-bringing-back-cold-war-era-atomic-rockets-to-get-to-mars

Always loved the idea of going to Mars on an atomic rocket.   NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars Nuclear-powered spacecraft would cut travel time to the red planet. Source: www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/nasa-is-bringing-back-cold-war-era-atomic-rockets-to-get-to-mars

DIY DSKY: Apollo astronaut keypad being rebooted as open source replica

THIS I LIKE! Replica of the Apollo era DSKY computer. 

Compared to the computer interfaces of today, the display keyboard used by the Apollo astronauts aboard their spacecraft might look quaint — until you recall that it was central to flying to the first humans to the moon almost half a century ago.

Now, a Columbus, Georgia electronics company that has recreated World War II Enigma machines and specialized in “location-based entertainment” devices has set its sights on offering the Apollo Guidance Computer’s (AGC) display keyboard as an open source, Arduino-based replica ready in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019.

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THIS I LIKE! Replica of the Apollo era DSKY computer.  Compared to the computer interfaces of today, the display keyboard used by the Apollo astronauts aboard their spacecraft might look quaint — until you recall that it was central to flying to the first humans to the moon almost half Continue Reading

Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

 

Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

The southernmost part of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft could “see” during closest approach in July 2015 contains a range of fascinating geological features, and offers clues into what might lurk in the regions shrouded in darkness during the flyby.

Source: www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-s-methane-snowcaps-on-the-edge-of-darkness

  Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness The southernmost part of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft could “see” during closest approach in July 2015 contains a range of fascinating geological features, and offers clues into what might lurk in the regions shrouded in darkness during the flyby. Continue Reading