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  • After Three Years on Mars, NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Mission Ends

    01/25/2024 1:48:26 PM PST · by Vermont Lt · 39 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 1/25/2024 | JPL
    NASA’s history-making Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has ended its mission at the Red Planet after surpassing expectations and making dozens more flights than planned. While the helicopter remains upright and in communication with ground controllers, imagery of its Jan. 18 flight sent to Earth this week indicates one or more of its rotor blades sustained damage during landing and it is no longer capable of flight.
  • Ingenuity Reestablishes Communications 🔴

    01/23/2024 7:38:40 AM PST · by Ezekiel · 3 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 22 January 2024
    STATUS UPDATES | January 22, 2024 Ingenuity Reestablishes Communications Written by NASA/JPL On Saturday, Jan. 20, communications were reestablished between Ingenuity and NASA’s Perseverance rover. The Ingenuity team has determined the helicopter is power-positive and is sitting vertically on the surface. Next steps include running further diagnostic checks, commanding Ingenuity to take photos of its location on the surface, and performing a spin test.
  • Sex-Cult Rocket Man...Jack Parsons, one of the “suicide squad” trio of young rocket-boy founders of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had an improbable extracurricular life.

    05/09/2023 7:27:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    J-Stor ^ | May 8, 2023 | By: Matthew Wills
    Jack Parsons via Wikimedia Commons John “Jack” Whiteside Parsons’s life seems too improbable to be believed. But it’s all there in the biographies, Sex and Rockets and Strange Angel (the basis of a TV series of the same name), among other places, including a streaming series based on Strange Angel. Born in 1914, Parsons died in 1952 while working on an explosive special effect for a movie in his home laboratory. The explosion has been called an accident, a suicide, or an assassination, depending on the source. An obituary in the Pasadena Independent described Parsons as “a down-to-earth explosives...
  • After 4 years on Mars, NASA's InSight lander sends one last selfie and then falls silent

    12/20/2022 1:20:08 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2022 / 12:12 PM
    It could be the end of the red dusty line for NASA's InSight lander, which has fallen silent after four years on Mars. The lander's power levels have been dwindling for months because of all the dust coating its solar panels. Ground controllers at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory knew the end was near, but NASA reported that InSight unexpectedly didn't respond to communications from Earth on Sunday. "It's assumed InSight may have reached the end of its operations," NASA said late Monday, adding that its last communication was Thursday. "It's unknown what prompted the change in its energy." Just last...
  • NASA program predicted impact [location] of small asteroid over Ontario, Canada

    11/23/2022 7:06:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    phys.org ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2022 | JPL/NASA
    In the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 19, the skies over southern Ontario, Canada, lit up as a tiny asteroid harmlessly streaked across the sky high in Earth's atmosphere, broke up, and likely scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario. The fireball wasn't a surprise. Roughly 1 meter (3 feet) wide, the asteroid was detected 3 ½ hours before impact, making this event the sixth time in history a small asteroid has been tracked in space before impacting Earth's atmosphere. NASA is tasked with the detection and tracking of much larger near-Earth objects that could survive passage...
  • NASA’s InSight Records Monster Quake on Mars

    05/10/2022 7:34:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | May 9, 2022
    NASA’s InSight Mars lander has detected the largest quake ever observed on another planet: an estimated magnitude 5 temblor that occurred on May 4, 2022, the 1,222nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. This adds to the catalog of more than 1,313 quakes InSight has detected since landing on Mars in November 2018. The largest previously recorded quake was an estimated magnitude 4.2 detected Aug. 25, 2021. InSight was sent to Mars with a highly sensitive seismometer, provided by France’s Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), to study the deep interior of the planet. As seismic waves pass through or...
  • CIA and Project Monarch Full History Ron Patton

    02/19/2022 12:14:06 AM PST · by Norski · 44 replies
    The Show Podcast ^ | July 31, 2008 | Ron Patton
    Nazi Mind Control Amidst the subtle cerebral circumvention of the gullible populace, through a multitude of manipulated mediums, lies one of the most diabolical atrocities perpetrated upon a segment of the human race; a form of systematic mind control which has permeated every aspect of society for almost fifty years.To objectively ascertain the following, one may need to re-examine preconceived ideologies relating to the dualistic nature of mankind. . . . . .This exposition is substantiated by declassified U.S. government documents, individuals formerly connected to the U.S. intelligence communities, historical writings, researchers knowledgeable in mind control, publications from mental health...
  • How long is a day on Venus? Scientists crack mysteries of our closest neighbor

    04/30/2021 9:34:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    UCLA ^ | April 29, 2021 | Christopher Crockett |
    Venus is an enigma. It’s the planet next door and yet reveals little about itself. An opaque blanket of clouds smothers a harsh landscape pelted by acid rain and baked at temperatures that can liquify lead. Now, new observations from the safety of Earth are lifting the veil on some of Venus’ most basic properties. By repeatedly bouncing radar off the planet’s surface over the last 15 years, a UCLA-led team has pinned down the precise length of a day on Venus, the tilt of its axis and the size of its core. The findings are published today in the...
  • Lesbians in Space

    04/21/2021 7:31:11 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Salvo Magazine ^ | April 15, 2021 | Michael Howard
    Lesbians in SpaceIs NASA Courting the Wrong Stuff?Does it matter that Sally Ride, NASA’s first woman in Space was a lesbian? It wasn’t like the diminutive five-foot-five female astronaut was advocating or promoting same-sex lifestyles, or openly grooming young girls to become future female partners. No one outside a very small circle even knew about her sexual proclivities until after her death from pancreatic cancer.Does it matter that NASA astronaut Lisa Novak was charged with the attempted kidnapping and murder of fellow astronaut William Oefelein’s girlfriend, or that “outed” astronaut Anne McClain was accused of identity theft and “wrongfully attempting...
  • Angel, devil and blood-red heart appear at Martian south pole

    12/21/2020 12:42:00 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    https://www.livescience.com ^ | 12/18/2020 | By Brandon Specktor
    It's summer in Mars' southern hemisphere, and strange structures are crawling out of the ice. It's summer at the south pole of Mars, and the angels and devils are coming out to play. You can see them both in a stunning new image of the recently thawed pole, taken by the European Space Agency (ESA). The devils, it should be said, are made of dust. Just like on Earth, Martian dust devils form when a pocket of warm air suddenly rises through a column of cool air, creating a spinning updraft. (Unlike on Earth, these dusty cyclones can tower 6...
  • A Plasmoid 22,000 Times Bigger Than Earth Erupted On Uranus During The Voyager 2 Mission

    12/18/2020 6:56:26 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 67 replies
    Republic World ^ | December 10, 2020 | Arpa C
    A team of scientists from NASA used the old Voyager 2 data and found some interesting information about Uranus. Uranus had blasted a gas bubble of enormous size, it was nearly 22,000 times bigger than Earth. A detailed research report was published on NASA website recently. It was also published in the geophysical research Letters on 9th August 2019. Giba DiBraccio and Daniel Gershman, the two scientists who made this discovery on Uranus. found the data from the age-old data archive of NASA....Scientists have not explored Uranus with any probes till now. Therefore, DiBraccio and Gershman used the archived data...
  • NASA Voyager 2 is receiving commands from Earth again

    11/03/2020 2:38:42 PM PST · by blueplum · 106 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 03 Nov 2020 | Ryan Prior
    Election Day may have us tied up in anxious knots today. But we can also take solace in the fact that nearly 12 billion miles away, one of humanity's greatest achievements is twinkling back at us, and our understanding of the mysteries of the universe continues to unfold.... ...After a seven-month hiatus without being able to command Voyager 2, NASA is now able to communicate new directions and procedures to the craft, the agency announced. The Voyager 2 space probe, launched in August 1977, has been traveling outward for more than 43 years visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune....
  • Neptune's Moons Are Caught in One of The Strangest Orbits Ever Seen

    07/10/2020 12:17:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 10 JULY 2020 | DAVID NIELD
    (NASA/JPL-Caltech) ================================================================================= Life isn't always easy for astrophysicists: just when they've figured out another aspect of the patterns of movement in our Solar System, along come two of the moons of Neptune to mess everything up. The two moons in question are Naiad and Thalassa, both around 100 kilometres or 62 miles wide, which race around their planet in what NASA researchers are calling a "dance of avoidance". Their strange orbit was first detected by NASA researchers in November 2019. Compared with Thalassa, Naiad's orbit is tilted by about five degrees – it spends half of its time above Thalassa...
  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Attached to Atlas V Rocket

    07/09/2020 6:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | July 9, 2020
    NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been attached to the top of the rocket that will send it toward the Red Planet this summer. Encased in the nose cone that will protect it during launch, the rover and the rest of the Mars 2020 spacecraft – the aeroshell, cruise stage, and descent stage – were affixed to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster on Tuesday, July 7, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Central Florida. The process began when a 60-ton hoist on the roof of the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 lifted the nose cone,...
  • WFIRST Space Telescope Fitted for 'Starglasses'

    09/26/2019 6:28:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA Exoplanets ^ | September 24, 2019 | Pat Brennan
    When a new NASA space telescope opens its eyes in the mid-2020s, it will peer at the universe through some of the most sophisticated sunglasses ever designed. This multi-layered technology, the coronagraph instrument, might more rightly be called "starglasses": a system of masks, prisms, detectors and even self-flexing mirrors built to block out the glare from distant stars - and reveal the planets in orbit around them. Normally, that glare is overwhelming, blotting out any chance of seeing planets orbiting other stars, called exoplanets, said Jason Rhodes, the project scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) at NASA's Jet...
  • NASA hacked because of unauthorized Raspberry Pi connected to its network

    06/21/2019 11:54:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    zdnet.com ^ | June 21, 2019 -- | Catalin Cimpanufor Zero Day|
    A report published this week by the NASA Office of Inspector General reveals that in April 2018 hackers breached the agency's network and stole approximately 500 MB of data related to Mars missions. The point of entry was a Raspberry Pi device that was connected to the IT network of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) without authorization or going through the proper security review. According to a 49-page OIG report, the hackers used this point of entry to move deeper inside the JPL network by hacking a shared network gateway. The hackers used this network gateway to pivot inside...
  • Mars 2020 Rover Assembled and Tested Ahead of Launch Next Year

    04/20/2019 4:11:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    space,com ^ | 04/20/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
    NASA's next Mars mission is slowly coming together in a "clean room" in California. Technicians at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory assembled the capsule that will keep the Mars 2020 rover secure for its wild ride to the Red Planet's surface. After leaving Earth next summer, Mars 2020 will spend about seven months flying towards the Red Planet before a spectacular entry at its destination, including a repeat of the famous "7 minutes of terror" sequence that brought NASA's Curiosity rover to the planet's surface in 2012. (The Mars 2020 rover and Curiosity have similar body frames, although they carry...
  • "Disturbing" discovery: Giant hole found under Antarctica glacier

    01/31/2019 3:59:17 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 143 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 31, 2019 | Sarah Lynch Baldwin
    Researchers say a massive cavity the size of two-thirds of Manhattan was found under a glacier in Antarctica. The pocket is a sign of "rapid decay" and just one of "several disturbing discoveries" made recently regarding the glacier, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a news release Wednesday. "[The size of] a cavity under a glacier plays an important role in melting," said Pietro Milillo of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "As more heat and water get under the glacier, it melts faster." The growing cavity sits in West Antarctica at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier, which is about as big...
  • For NASA's InSight Mars Lander, All Systems Are Go for Monday Touchdown

    11/22/2018 6:58:21 PM PST · by aquila48 · 74 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 21, 2018 | Meghan Bartels
    All systems are go for landing on Mars on Nov. 26, NASA personnel affiliated with the InSight mission confirmed during a pair of news conferences held today (Nov. 21). As of that news conference, the spacecraft had traveled about 295 million miles (475 million kilometers) of the 301 million miles (484 million km) that will make up its total journey. But one of the most serious hurdles remains, the entry, descent and landing process, which will begin at about 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on Monday (Nov. 26). "My heart is beating inside of my chest like a drum," NASA...
  • Dwarf Planet Ceres' Bizarre Bright Spots Shine in Stunning Up-Close View

    07/17/2018 2:04:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 17, 2018 02:49pm ET | Mike Wall,
    "The new images of Occator Crater and the surrounding areas have exceeded expectations, revealing beautiful, alien landscapes," Dawn principal investigator Carol Raymond, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement yesterday (July 16).  The $467 million Dawn mission launched in September 2007 with a bold goal: to orbit and study the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. Both objects are considered leftovers from the solar system's planet-formation period (hence the mission's name).  Dawn reached Vesta in July 2011 and eyed the object up close for more than a year, finally leaving...