Showing posts from March, 2011

In NASA's Lens, Mercury Comes Into Focus

Source:   Kenneth Chang, New York Times Excerpt: On Wednesday NASA showed off some of the first pictures taken by its Mercury Messenger spacecraft, which is to spend at least a year photographing, measuring and studying the smallest planet. Mercury has been seen close up… in half a dozen flybys…: three by the Mariner 10 in the 1970s and three by the Messenger in the last three years. But now …planetary scientists will be able to get their first long look at the smallest of the eight planets. The day side of Mercury can broil at 800 degrees Fahrenheit; the night side drops to minus 300 degrees. Particularly intriguing, scientists say, are the shadows in craters near Mercury’s poles. There, the Sun never shines, and in the frigidity, some scientists expect that the Messenger will find frozen water.

Google in Gagarin's footsteps? New face of space race

Source:   RT News (Russian) Excerpt: April 12, 2011 will mark 50 years since Yuri Gagarin broke through the Earth's atmosphere to become the first man in space. This YouTube video shows how the former Soviet Union developed the R-7 (Semyorka) from the V-2, discusses future plans in French Guiana and Vostochniy Cosomdromes, additional robotic plans for the Moon (i.e., Luna-Glob and Luna-Resurs)….

First Orbit - the movie‬

Source:  Christopher Riley, The Attic Room                Excerpt: A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard. For more information visit‬