spacecraft, satellites

Goodbye to a flying orbiter

A US friend sent me this beautiful picture of Endeavour on its last flight ever. Myself I’ve watched the fly-around on NASA TV with grainy pictures and flaky Internet connection. He didn’t take the picture…


Warp outta here

HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say. A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself…



Creepy Curiosity

Most people think Mars Rovers are cute. Martians don’t. Suddenly a shadow falls over you. You turn around…..


Congratulations, thirtysomethinger

What would a birthday party be without cake, music and toasts? Thirty-five years ago today, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft launched on its mission of exploration. It is now the most distant human-made object and the…


Into the Van Allen Belts

On August 30, the NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes were launched to study (and fly in) the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Most spacecraft try to avoid the Van Allen Belts, two doughnut-shaped regions around Earth…


Dawn preparing to leave

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system….