Tag Archives: Earth

The 40,000 mile volcano

Oceanographers have inaugurated a deep-sea observatory to study the volcanoes and hydrothermal vents of the Juan de Fuca mid ocean ridge, a dark ecosystem where the Earth’s tectonic plates are spreading apart.   SOURCE

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Artist’s Concept of a SEP (Solar Electric Propulsion System)

Using advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) technologies is an essential part of future missions into deep space with larger payloads. The use of robotics and advanced SEP technologies like this concept of an SEP-based spacecraft during NASA mission to find, … Continue reading

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VIDEO REPORT: Deep Space Industries plans on mining asteroids in space by the year 2015

Deep Space Industries, a newly established private company, has announced it plans to deploy a mining company into space by the year 2015 with the goal of extracting raw materials from nearby asteroids. The asteroids are believed to contain gases … Continue reading

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VIDEO REPORT: The Space Elevator… applying an “out of the box” strategy to some of today’s REAL Lifetime Challenges

The Space Elevator, sometimes referred to as beanstalks, space bridges, space lifts, space ladders, skyhooks, orbital towers, or orbital elevators; is a proposed type of space transportation system designed to permit vehicle transport along the cable from a planetary surface, … Continue reading

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VIDEO REPORT: See the shadow of the moon on the surface of the Earth from the ISS

As the Moon came between the Earth and the Sun, causing a rare solar eclipse, International Space Station astronaut Don Pettit captured imagery of the shadow cast on Earth on May 20th, 2012. Using filters that only pass light when … Continue reading

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VIDEO REPORT: Boeing’s X-37B Space Plane

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The US Air Force extends mission for the X-37B Space plane; Landing Date TBD

The US Air Force is extending the mission of an experimental robotic space plane that’s been circling the Earth for the last nine months. The pilotless X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a miniature version of the space shuttle, … Continue reading

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The Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) was launched from the Kennedy Space Center today

NASA’s biggest and most-expensive robotic rover has blasted off from Cape Canaveral today on a voyage of discovery. The Mars Science Laboratory probe, nicknamed Curiosity, is the size of a SUV and is scheduled to arrive at the mineral-rich Martian ‘Gale Crater‘ … Continue reading

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A Near Earth Object (NEO) just skims by Earth and we didn’t even know about it until 5 days prior to reaching Earth

A A shudder of air and a quick streak of light were the only signs of an asteroid’s near-Earth flyby nearly two months ago on June 27th, 2011. Asteroid 2011 MD isn’t this year’s closest approach by a near-Earth object, … Continue reading

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SLIDESHOW: Final Launching of Atlantis

Final Launching of Atlantis The space shuttle Atlantis rocketed off its seaside launching pad on Friday, rising atop a tower of smoke and flames as it left Earth on the shuttle program’s final flight.  The shuttle needs to reach a … Continue reading

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