Tuesday, November 07, 2017

James T. Kirk Goes to Mars

James T. Kirk is going to Mars or better said, the actor, who famously portrayed Capt. James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" TV series and a number of movies, is one of more than 2.4 million people who have signed up to send their names to Mars aboard NASA's InSight lander.

The signatures will ride aboard two microchips affixed to InSight, which is scheduled to launch toward the Red Planet in May 2018. The first microchip is already aboard; it has been engraved with 827,000 names, which were collected in 2015.

Cassini's Last few Moments


Cassini put up a good fight. 

The NASA Saturn probe fired its thrusters full bore for at least 91 seconds during its suicide plunge into the ringed planet on Sept. 15, battling hard to keep its antenna pointed at Earth for as long as possible, mission team members said.

"Given that Cassini wasn't designed to fly into a planetary atmosphere, it's remarkable that the spacecraft held on as long as it did, allowing its science instruments to send back data to the last second," Cassini project manager Earl Maize, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "It was a solidly built craft, and it did everything we asked of it." [

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Star Trek best Captains


From Space.com contributing writer Elizateth Howell we have a compilation of some of the best Star Trek live action to date (the list was compiled a few days before the newest Star Trek program airs)
 https://www.space.com/ best-star-trek-captains. 


6. Capt. John Archer ("Star Trek: Enterprise," 2001-05)
5. Capt. Benjamin Sisko ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," 1993-1999)
4. Capt. James T. Kirk ("Star Trek" reboot movies, 2009-present)
3. Capt. Kathryn Janeway ("Star Trek: Voyager," 1995-2001
2. Capt. James T. Kirk ("Star Trek: The Original Series," 1966-1969; "Star Trek" movies,
1. Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," 1987-1994; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" movies, 1994-2002)

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The End of a Very Successful Mission




On Sept. 15, Cassini will dive straight into Saturn, collecting data from the planet's atmosphere and firing it back to Earth in the 1 to 2 minutes before breaking apart. The dive will bring an  end to the probe's 13-year extended mission in the Saturn system, where it has unearthed many incredible and unexpected science discoveries. 

On Sept. 13 and 14, Cassini's cameras will take the probe's last images of the system. 

On Sept. 15, starting at 4:37 a.m. the "final plunge" will begin as the spacecraft gets into position to sample the atmosphere. Normally,there is at least an hours-long delay between when the probe collects data and transmits it back to Earth, but because Cassini will only be able to transmit for 1 to 2 minutes during the final plunge, the probe will send data within 2 to 3 seconds of collecting it, Cassini scientists have said. The spacecraft will transmit data back to Earth from eight of its 11 instruments, but it will not have enough bandwidth to send images (which require larger data files), which is why the probe will take its final snapshots of the system on Sept. 14.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Bones May heal Quicker in Earth type Gravity




It was once thought that space would prove to be the ultimate life extenuation and healing environment.  However studies have shown that broken bones  heal far quicker in a  Earth like gravity.