Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fun space infographics - Non-planets and Spacecraft

Every now and then I come across some nice infographics. Here is a nice one showing the moon and other "non-planets" of the solar system.  Even though a few of them do seem to be planet sized (Pluto's downfall to "dwarf planet" as we are familiar with!).  All these images are actual photos of these objects.  Click to see full size, this would print into a nice poster!

Below that is another one, this one showing all the spacecraft from Earth and where they travelled in the solar system - past and current. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Last Man on the Moon: Gene Cernan 1934 - 2017

Another space pioneer is gone.  First John Glenn - first in US to orbit.   Today we lost Gene Cernan - last person to walk on the moon.

"As we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. As I take these last steps from the surface for some time to come, I'd just like to record that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. Godspeed the crew of Apollo Seventeen."

-- Gene Cernan Apollo 17

Friday, January 6, 2017

Just a tiny blue planet - with so much trouble

This is us - seen from Mars orbit.  127 million miles away (at the time this was taken in late November).  Approximately 11 light minutes for the signal/photo to reach this tiny blue planet.

If there is life on Mars that looked up with a telescope at this neighbor planet, would they even know the little place contained such turmoil?  The little intelligent beings that crawl around on the surface of this planet placed the spacecraft and camera in Mars orbit - that now points back with great clarity - at their home planet.

Sure we say this all the time when looking back from space, but we are entering a new level of problems with a certain new world leader, who I won't give the dignity of naming in this blog.  I want too keep this blog fairly neutral and aimed at science and other cool stuff, with only small hints at politics.