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          • THE MOST Space Telescopeplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big THE MOST Space Telescope

            Few telescopes can honestly say they've reinvented the concept, yet THE MOST certainly has. It works on a surprisingly old principle, by passing light through two prisms. As Isaac Newton demonstrated, this first splits light into its constituent components, then recombines it back again.
          • SmartSuitplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big SmartSuit

            SmartSuit: A Hybrid, Intelligent, and Highly Mobile EVA Spacesuit for Next Generation Exploration Missions

            Developer: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

            I think the title says it all, but just in case it wasn't crystal clear, this is what they have to say about it:
          • NASA Technology Review 2019plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big NASA Technology Review 2019

            This is a planned series of articles about projects that NASA are moving into Phase II, where a proposal has been deemed to have merits and is continuing to move forward. Many of them are blurring the lines between science-fact and science-fiction.
        • Magnetic Field Lines on a Galactic Scaleplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Magnetic Field Lines on a Galactic Scale

          [Powerful magnetic fields are visible]

          The Cigar galaxy (M82) is already famous for the speed at which it creates new stars. The composite image shows the powerful magnetic field lines on a truly epic scale, wrapping around the entire galaxy. NASA's SOFIA observatory (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - a converted Boeing 747) has shed light on what is happening.
        • Dragonfly to Explore Titanplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Dragonfly to Explore Titan

          Credits: NASA/JHU-APL Few worlds excite exoplanetary chemists like Titan, Saturn's enigmatic and largest moon. It is the second-largest moon in the solar system, and the only one known to have a dense atmosphere. As such, it is seen as an analogue to the early Earth, and therefore important in understanding how life might have evolved on our homeworld.
        • How Big Is The Universe?plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big How Big Is The Universe?

          [Hubble deep Field Image]

          I recently came across a youtube video explaining a method for multiplication that was quite different from long multiplication. To explain why this was so interesting, let’s first talk about long multiplication and what’s wrong with it, and then we'll calculate the size of the visible universe in centimeters.
        • Landing the Mars 2020 Rover Safelyplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Landing the Mars 2020 Rover Safely

          Autonomous landings are always fraught with danger. One of the most dangerous terrains any landing might occur on is a boulder field. Not only would the impact of the landing on these hard objects be a threat, but the boulders are likely to be jagged too. Another threat are the steep cliffs of the crater - not falling off them (although that's a possibility), but crashing into them.
        • Perseverance Roverplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Perseverance Rover

          The clock above targets the first (or next if that is missed) launch opportunity, which is on July 22nd at:

          * * * * * * *

          Watch this page for updated information as we move closer to and beyond launch.
        • Mysterious Starplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Mysterious Star

          Back in 2016, Tabetha Boyajian gave a TED talk about a star with nifty little name KIC 8462852. The Kepler space telescope had studied it and lots of other stars over the course of four years, but this one stood out.

          Also known as Tabby's Star, it is a main-sequence F-type star located in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,480 light-years from Earth. Its claim to fame of course, is that it was suggested that alien megastructures would explain the weird data that Kepler had recor…
        • NASA Got it Wrong - Oops!plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big NASA Got it Wrong - Oops!

          It's not every day you get the chance to tell NASA they screwed up.

          I was reviewing the data I'd collected from NASA's Mars Weather page, and I noticed that the graphs they generated didn't match the summary data.

          For example, the summary data for Sol 169 shows the maximum temperature peaking at -17.6°C, while the graph for the same day showed the temperature never rising above -25°C.
        • Scienceplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Science

          Articles about science or science are science-centric

          How Big is the Universe?

          Mysterious Star

          Magnetic Field Lines on a Galactic Scale

          To the Moon and Mars

          NASA Technology Review 2019

          NASA Got it Wrong - Oops!

          Dragonfly to Explore Titan

          Landing Mars 2020 Rover Safely

          Perseverance Rover
        • To the Moon and Marsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big To the Moon and Mars

          [The Moon - watch out, here we come (again)!]NASA has outlined an aggressive timetable for an equally aggressive return to the Moon, with a view to making the Moon a waystation for trips to Mars. This requires the development of a whole slew of new technologies, as well as ramping up existing technologies and capabilities to whole new levels.
      • Articlesplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Articles

        Here you can find articles and random monologues

        Sections

        Physical Mars Clock

        General

        Info Posts

        Science

        Software

        Articles
    • Blogplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Blog

      This is my blog. It is an eclectic mix of book reviews by new and up-and-coming authors, articles, science news, random topic monologues and stuff about my software. Sometimes I talk about my fiction writing too.

      Downloads

      Aardvaark (articles with nowhere else to go)
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blog/articles/science/nasa_technologies/start.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/11 01:35 by Phil Ide

  • ISSplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big International Space Station

    This page has a portal through which you can view the current location of the International Space Station, updating in real-time. The tracker itself comes from the European Space Agency (ESA).

    Part of the tool doesn't seem to be working properly yet, raising an error when the widget first loads. A possible explanation for the error is detailed below. There is also a handy link to get email notifications direct from NASA when the ISS is visible in your night sky.
  • Mars Weatherplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Mars Weather Reports

    These reports are provided by NASA's InSight lander in the south-west corner of Elysium Planitia. Daily readings are usually a couple of days behind reality (it takes time for the lander to transmit its data back to Earth).
  • Downloadsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Downloads

    Orbital Calculator Current Version This is a portable application, meaning there is no installer. Just unzip into a folder and run the executable. Since it is portable, it can be run from a USB stick.

    A full description and a list of the features are available
  • Orbital Calculatorplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Orbital Calculator

    I needed to calculate orbital characteristics for any orbit around any gravitational mass (because I write sci-fi stories), so I wrote this program because I'm a programmer and I'm too lazy to do it by hand all the time. The program has expanded over the last few years, sometimes from suggestions by other writers. I make it freely available and as simple to use as possible. It now has a list of functions as long as your arm (assuming you're not a tentacle user), and the numbe…
  • Cookie Policy & GDPRplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Cookie Policy & GDPR

    There are NO tracking cookies on this site!

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  • Book Reviewsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Book Reviews

    Here you can find all the book reviews, broken down by genre, and further subdivided by author. If you want me to review your novel, please read my Rules on Reviewing.

    * Science-Fiction * Fantasy * Non-Fiction
  • Contactplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Contact

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