NASA ejects nanosatellite from microsatellite in space

On Dec. 6 at 1:31 a.m. EST, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite. NanoSail-D ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT, demonstrating the capability to deploy a small cubesat payload from an autonomous microsatellite in space. via NASA ejects nanosatellite from microsatellite in space.

Moon Blast Reveals Lunar Surface Rich With Compounds

There is water on the moon … along with a long list of other compounds, including, mercury, gold and silver. That’s according to a more detailed analysis of the chilled lunar soil near the moon’s South Pole, released as six papers by a large team of scientists in the journal, Science Thursday. via Moon Blast Read more about Moon Blast Reveals Lunar Surface Rich With Compounds[…]

SpaceShipTwo: ‘Enterprise’ unveiled

Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites has unveiled the Virgin Galactic sponsored Spaceship two, the ship that will bring commercial space travellers into space at reasonably affordable prices. News – Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first manned commercial spaceship | Virgin Galactic.

Evidence of life on Mars

The Allan Hills 84001 Meteorite which landed on earth has been examined and they’ve discovered that the tiny magnetite crystals it contains are chemically consistent with being formed in bacteria – they’re basically little fossils. They’re pretty sure the rock, which has floated around for around 16 million years, comes from Mars as it matches Read more about Evidence of life on Mars[…]

Heavens-Above

This site lists satellites, the ISS and other astronomical objects you can see in the sky based on your own location. It’s a very comprehensive, easy to use astronomy site with object you can and can’t see. Heavens-Above Home Page.

Mapping gravitational corridors

Between the planets and moons are gravitational corridors, tubes that intersect at lagrange points, which can be used to travel between celestial bodies using hardly any fuel, only for course correctional purposes. These corridors can be likened to ocean currents. The trade-off is now between speed and fuel consumption: you can use almost zero fuel Read more about Mapping gravitational corridors[…]