Florida Everglades, via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
The planets are 1,200 light years away. A light year is almost 6 trillion miles. The planets circle a star that is 7 billion years old — about 2.5 billion years older than our sun.
‘If there’s life at all on those planets, it must be very advanced,’ said Borucki.
Donald Pettit, the astronaut who takes all the great time lapse videos and photos of Earth from the ISS, explains how and why he does it. (via PetaPixel)
Highlights from the soon-to-be-replaced Landsat 7 satellite, via Wired
A new private company called Deep Space Industries announced today that it intends to send a fleet of small spacecraft to near-Earth asteroids with the aim of mining resources and turning them into products using space-based 3-D printers.
Last year was thick with audacious private spaceflight company unveilings, including the announcement from Planetary Resources, Inc. of their plans to mine relatively valuable platinum group metals from asteroids. With the formation of Deep Space Industries, it seems that 2013 could see a new crop of private space companies with lofty goals.
Yawn, just another asteroid mining venture. Welcome to 2013!
Official White House response to petition to: secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
Long-exposure photography from the International Space Station by Flight Engineer Don Pettit (via ISO 50)
(Source: Flickr / nasa_jsc_photo)
Absolutely amazing — always wanted to see a star map like this.
The European Southern Observatory has stitched together a nine gigapixel image of the center of the Milky Way, capturing more than ten times more stars than previous studies.
Camera. On a rocket booster. On the space shuttle. Into space.
First panorama from Curiosity – go to the source for full size and full effect. And if you’re curious about why NASA only included a two megapixel camera on-board, check out this article from The Verge. In short: the spec had to be agreed on eight years ago and they’re limited to transmitting only 31.25MB per day from MARS.