Two weeks ago, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) hit the tiny asteroid Dimorphos, with the goal of changing its orbital trajectory to see if we can indeed use a rocket to deflect asteroids. NASA’s press release yesterday confirms that they indeed managed to do this, after their team analyzed the data they’ve obtained thus […]
Ten months ago, NASA launched a rocket into space to rendezvous with Dimorphos, a tiny asteroid 11 million kilometers away. It was part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, a planetary defense test to see if we could deflect any incoming asteroids that might collide with Earth. On September 26, 2022, at 7:14 […]
Today NASA released a set of amazing images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, and I’ve saved them here for posterity. The first is a cluster of galaxies, called SMACS 0723. The light from these galaxies have taken billions and billions of years to reach us, and this is a snapshot from the earliest […]
Our little Linux-copter that could, Ingenuity, is still operational and flying around on Mars. On its 26th flight on April 19, 2022, it took a photo of the backshell and parachute that helped Perseverance land back in February.
A few hours ago, NASA released the first public image of a mirror-aligned James Webb Space Telescope, a big bright star brilliantly glowing in the night, and with other celestial objects also visible. According to the NASA press release, they found “no critical issues and no measurable contamination or blockages to Webb’s optical path”. A […]
Behold, the first image to be sent back by the James Webb Space Telescope! It’s still aligning the mirrors and doing other calibration routines, and this picture of 18 points of light is really 18 pictures of a single star: HD 84406 about 260 light years away. This is a test photo for calibration purposes, […]
Today, a month after launching from Earth, the JWST has safely made its way to its L2 orbit, a million miles away. Everyone can let out a sigh of relief now, as our 10 billion dollar investment is on its way to being paid off. Throughout the journey, the telescope had to unfurl itself, and […]
Just a few hours ago, an Ariane 5 rocket blasting off from a spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana carried the James Webb Space Telescope (or JWST) to the stars. The JWST has been in development for decades, with NASA, the ESA, and the Canadian space agencies all taking part in its development. The idea for […]
I can’t help but admire the little Martian copter that could, Ingenuity. It was originally planned to only fly five times, and as of last week it has made sixteen flights. This isn’t the first time a NASA space robot outlived its expected mission lifetime, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were supposed to only run […]
NASA released a video they downloaded from the Perseverance landing craft, edited into a gripping movie that they uploaded on Youtube. Watch! Perseverance is the first Martian probe equipped with onboard microphones, so we got our first sounds from another planet! Listen!