Amazing Picture of the Moon Setting Into Eclipse

This picture comes via NASA and shows the moon setting into an eclipse from the recent lunar eclipse.

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Get a Rare Look Inside a Soyuz Capsule in Flight

These pictures come via a Russian space blog and show us a rare glimpse inside a Soyuz capsule in flight.

Check them out below:

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Amazing Chart of Every Human and Robotic Space Mission

This amazing chart visualizes every human and robotic mission into space.

Click the image to view a larger version.

Thanks to X-WideP for discovering it.

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List of Upcoming Solar Eclipses until 2017

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Solar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 11 July 2010
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Pacific, South America

When: 20 May 2012
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Asia, USA

When: 13 November 2012
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 10 May 2013
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 3 November 2013
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Africa

When: 29 April 2014
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Antarctica

When: 20 March 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: N. Atlantic, Iceland

Looking further ahead – the next total solar eclipse visible in the United States and North America will be August 21, 2017.

Picture from Wikipedia.

List of Upcoming Lunar Eclipses until 2015

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Lunar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 15 June 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 10 December 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific

When: 4 June 2012
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 25 April 2013
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 15 April 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 8 October 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 4 April 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 28 September 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: East Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, W. Asia

Happy Stargazing!

Photo from Wikipedia.

Amazing Picture of the Recent Partial Solar Eclipse with the ISS Thrown in

This picture is so amazing – I had to share it.

A photographer snapped this picture of the recent partial Solar Eclipse – and it also captured the ISS transiting the sun as well!

Photo was taken by Thierry Legault – check out his website here.

Amazing!

Rockets of the World Infographic

This is a little dated – but it’s definitely worth sharing for the folks interested in rocket technology.

Right click and open in a new window or tab to view a full size version:

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Enceladus Sprays Its Load Into Space

Pardon the pun in the headline. Thought it would grab your attention. This image is right from the spacecraft and has not been processed in any way.

It’s incredible to think that there is this moon, geologically active within our own solar system, spraying liquid water into space.

Amazing.

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Three Possible Strategies for the Colonization of Mars

The fab folks at io9 have put together a great assessment of non-fiction books that theorize the different ways we could actually colonize Mars.

Here’s an excerpt:

Could we be colonizing Mars in your lifetime? Three different non-fiction books offered different scenarios — including bombarding Mars with “greenhouse gases” and using it as a kind of quasi-penal colony. John Hickman, author of Reopening the Space Frontier, explains.

Popular science writers have been colonizing space via descriptions of the near future akin to science fiction at least since the 1920s. Retrospective story telling is attractive not only because of the overlap in the audiences for popular science and hard science fiction but also it lends a measure of pleasing inevitability to the promise of space colonization. For writers intent on sneaking past the messy problems of financing and populating their future space colony, there is nothing quite so effective as the sense of inevitability for giving readers permission to engage in wishful thinking. Crucial to the perpetration of this literary deception is analogy to some incorrectly conceived historical episode of frontier opening on Earth. Consider the following three examples.

Click here to read this excellent article.

Is NASA Bringing Back the X-34 Spaceplane?

Many years ago (sometime in the 1990’s) – I remember reading in Popular Science about NASA’s plans to have a re-usable spaceplane that would work like the shuttle but be cheaper to operate and use less resources.

It was a great idea. Prototypes we’re built.

And the project was abandoned and I never heard anything about it again.

That is until a few days ago.

The prototypes had been rusting on a runway at Edwards Airforce Base. But then they were spotted being moved.

According to Wired:

The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space agency’s Dryden center — located on Edwards Air Force Base in California — to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility, the mid-’90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if they were capable of flying again. It seemed that NASA was eying a dramatic return to the business of fast, cheap space access using a reusable, airplane-style vehicle — something the Air Force has enthusiastically embraced with its mysterious X-37B spacecraft.

The truth, it turns out, is a bit more complicated, even confusing — but no less exciting. If everything works out, the X-34s might help pioneer not just an emerging method of accessing space, but a new space-exploration business model, as well.

President Barack Obama’s space policies entail “outsourc[ing] major components of the space program to private industry.” With flyable X-34s at the ready, NASA could lend a hand to companies hoping to expand on Scaled’s and SpaceX’s achievements, and further open up space to explorers … and entrepreneurs. That’s way cooler than just another government-only test program, if you ask us.

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This very exciting news and I hope that it turns into something. We definitely need more than one way to get into space and if we had a cheap way to ferry astronauts to the ISS – we wouldn’t have to rely so much on Soyuz for the next few years.

Watch this space!