Category Archives: space exploration

Water on Mars: what does it mean?

Lots of folks have gone gaga about the discovery of salty water on the surface of Mars, and the excitement centers on one thing: the possibility that there could be life there. Well, we can’t rule out life yet, but the four Mars Rovers haven’t found any. What they have found are organic chemicals on the planet and sedimentary rocks […]

Big announcement by NASA about Mars today: 11:30 a.m. EDT

Reader Tom C. calls our attention to a big announcement today, and he speculated a bit about it: There’s a NASA press conference regarding something cool on Mars at 11:30 EDT.  I’m hoping for HD images of brachiopod-like fossils embedded in a dry stream bed, but I’ll bet on the discovery of liquid water on […]

So you think you knew Pluto?

NASA has put up some stunning pictures of Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft that did its amazing and recent flyby. I won’t duplicate everything the article says, but will show you just a few sections of text and some images (more at the site) that justify the URL’s bit that “it’s complicated”. The text from the NASA […]

Far from the madding crowd

by Grania And now something to relax and soothe the brain after all the vexatious stuff. If the ISS has done nothing else, its public outreach has provided humankind with a wealth of images. Click the blue button to play Dr. Kjell Norwood Lindgren is a NASA astronaut on the ISS since July this year. […]

Catching up with Samantha Cristoforetti

by Grania Samantha Cristoforetti is back from her 199 day mission on the International Space Station and spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about her experience there and being back on our planet. Long story short: gravity is a nasty welcome back to earth and we are all crew members on Spaceship Earth. She talks about the […]

Earth reentry!

by Grania Here’s a jaw-dropping gif* from HighTechPanda   And to answer their question, I don’t care if I could handle it, but I certainly want the experience.   *Pronounced GIF with a hard G because of reasons and also because the acronym stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and we say graphics with a hard G and […]

Up close and personal with Pluto

by Grania Pending a few more black and white images still to be taken, the New Horizons odyssey to Pluto is done. It may still have work to do in the Kuiper Belt, but that has not yet been decided. They’ve already learned some new things, such as Pluto is geologically active. C.C. Peterson at […]

Peregrinations & Pluto

by Grania Jerry sent all these on to me using his phone. God only knows what his bill is going to look like when he gets home. Anyway, yesterday was the day when New Horizons swung by Pluto on its historic voyage to the Kuiper Belt. Jerry and friends of the website Kelly Houle and […]

Nine year journey: the Pluto flyby

by Grania NASA is still waiting on color data from New Horizons, but so far there is a wealth of information received from the epic journey out to the Kuiper Belt. It all started here. and was aiming for this. If you’re interested in following the latest findings, NASA has an image gallery set up […]

New Horizons sends us a new photograph of Pluto

by Grania The first space mission to explore Planet Pluto is now 5 days from target, the last of our solar system’s planets (or not-planets) to be visited. New Horizons will then pass within 12,500km of the surface. The mission hopes to uncover knowledge about its surface and atmosphere. There’s an in depth discussion of […]


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