17/12/2012 Curiosity rover almost reached the place, called Yellowknife Bay, this "geological paradise."During this trip, just a little while ago, on the 120th sol, the rover made a stop, during which, through its chambers Navcam, Mastcam made some stunning high-resolution images. Past and formed the basis of 2D and 3D panoramas. To fully present the "whole environment» Curiosity, need anaglyph glasses. 2D panorama out huge amount Shaler. Examine the proposed pan, compare with stereo effect 3D-panorama.3 D view of NASA out of giant reservoirs Shaler
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17/12/2012 Forty years ago, a man took his last steps on the moon and took one last look at the Earth from the Moon's orbit. Photo provided below, was made U.S. astronaut Ronald Evans (Ronald Evans) during the lunar mission "Apollo 17." Of course, since then have been made and more photos of the Earth from space, but not a man to the moon's surface and lunar orbit. The amazing picture was taken in December 1972.At present mission "Apollo 17" is the last manned mission to the moon landing and the last people on the surface. The mission involved Eugene Cernan, Read more [...]
University of Michigan reported that the star Vega at least 200 million years older than previously thought - earlier researchers took Vega as an astronomical criterion with which to compare other stars and galaxies, as well as to build computer models of the life cycle of stars.
However, according to Associate Professor John Monnier, Vega rotates more slowly than originally anticipated, which means that the age of a few more stars than previously thought. Monnier and colleagues calculated that Vega makes one revolution in 17 hours, although it had been believed for that it takes only 12 hours. Read more [...]
In the United States, died spider Nefertiti, who spent 100 days in space. The female spider-horse was a member of the program for the study of the behavior of arthropods in weightlessness: During the experiment, scientists checked Will Nefertiti cope with hunting in space.
She still got it and fall back to Earth, where she died in the early winter at the age of 10 months. "Lenta.ru" recalls Nefertiti and other animals that have been in space.
December 8 NASA satellites photographed a huge object traversing the circumsolar space. Naturally NASA has not commented on the situation. What's more — the images on which the object was visible were removed from public access.
While Curiosity rover discovers Earth or Mars organics, he discovered NASA experts are working on projects to create Mars conditions suitable for life.The idea to turn Mars into a second Earth gradually migrated from fiction in the theoretical development. This hypothetical process is even called "terraforming." This week the U.S. media, including the New York Times, said the proposals Chris McKay, an expert on Mars from the Research Center. Ames (NASA).
According to him, in order to "apple blossom on Mars", you must first raise the temperature and create an atmosphere in Read more [...]
16/12/2012 Astronomers are setting an example of unusual and even unique square nebula. It is a bipolar nebula "MWC 922", which is better known to the public under the name "Red Square nebula."
What could make the nebula appear square? Should understand this, but astronomers still do not know the exact answer to this question.This image is a composite of unusual nebula combines data obtained with a 3.3-meter optical reflector "Hale Telescope", which is located at Palomar Observatory in California (USA), and Keck-2 telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.Why is this Read more [...]
The site is laid out interesting NASA rover pictures sent from the surface of Mars which clearly shows the real water. Good resolution photo shows a section of the creek water and smeared it with stones.You can view the original photo on the website of NASA - here.The same stones can be found in streams and gullies, passing through layers of dolomite in the world.Very similar to a conch shell ...Interesting in form, vertically arranged plate with round holes.Category: Space Read more [...]
12/14/2012 Quite straight from the tin image of Jupiter was made yesterday in the Canary Islands with an automated telescope SLOOH and Camera 2 High Mag.SLOOH - an online astronomy platform, which allows for free "rent" to anyone wanting a telescope and watch the interesting space objects, including those to do their photos. This virtual telescope is based on data obtained from ground-based telescopes. located in Chile.Virtual telescope SLOOH was established in 2002. It became available to the public in 2004.So, the photo of Jupiter taken with a virtual telescope SLOOHIn Read more [...]
This Saturn is surprisingly similar to the Earth (with adjustments to the temperature and the size, of course): there, too, everything flows, everything changes. Employees of the "Cassini" noticed a miniature copy of extraterrestrial Nile River - the river valley on Titan, a moon of Saturn, which stretches over 400 km from the "sources" to the big sea. For the first time on a celestial body found such a large river system. Besides imprinted with unprecedented resolution.Scientists believe that the river in the northern polar region of Titan has liquid hydrocarbons because Read more [...]
12/13/2012 American scientists, astronomers announced the discovery of seven new galaxies through space telescope "Hubble".According to experts, these galaxies were formed after small scientifically time after the birth of the universe age of about 13.7 billion years. "These early galaxies are used by some building blocks for today's galaxies," - said John Gryunsfeld, researcher, head of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to NASA.
He noted that one of these space objects may be the oldest galaxy, scientists discover that it was not possible Read more [...]
12/13/2012 Curiosity rover came to the surface of the Red Planet for more than two months ago, and now NASA experts released pictures in which a research unit imprinted itself in the period from October 31 to November 1. Picture you can see below, is made in the 84th and 85th days of operation on Mars. According to Slashgear, this picture was taken with a robotic arm and camera Mars Hand Lens Imager. To create a photo mechanical manipulator for a day had to do about 50 operations to combine all the resulting images into a single coherent picture. As a result, we see a photograph of the rover Read more [...]
12/13/2012 International space probe "Cassini" in an orbit of Saturn and its moons in 2004, sent to Earth new detailed pictures of the river valley, discovered from one of Saturn's moons - Titan. The length of the river from its source to the confluence with the largest sea more than 400 kilometers.
For the first time astronomers have found such a large river beyond Earth and were able to treat it with such a high degree of accuracy.Scientists believe that the river is full of Titan some liquid, possibly liquid methane, reports Voice of America. In several places, the river Read more [...]
12/13/2012 Astronomers have long fought for the disclosure of the puzzle wide binary stars. With the help of computer simulation they found out some interesting details.
Researchers at the NASA Astrobiology Institute have tried to recreate using computer simulation wide double star system for their study. In contrast to conventional binary stars, which is a close exchange of mass, distance in wide binary stars is at least one light-year, and therefore the mass exchange between them is impossible.Astronomers have long known about the existence of a wide binary star systems, but to study them Read more [...]
12/12/2012 Thanks to Goldstone Observatory astronomers image of a large asteroid Toutatis (Tautatis) flew past Earth. December 12 asteroid was at the closest distance from Earth. From Earth object separated 7 million km. "Danger to Earth asteroid had no idea, but it was close enough that we can use radar to study it," - says a NASA Lance Benner.Goldstone radar will monitor asteroid to 22 December.Toutatis is well known to astronomers. It flies past Earth once every four years. Length of the object is 4.5 km. This is one of the largest potentially hazardous asteroids (potentially Read more [...]
12/12/2012 NASA is planning a spectacular end to GRAIL mission to study the gravitational field of the moon - two twin probe, carrying out of fuel, will be broken down on the lunar surface.
Press conference dedicated to this event, NASA will hold on December 13 and the probe itself will fall on December 17 in 17.28 Eastern Time U.S. (02.28 MSK 18 December).
During the fall of devices, scientists will be able to repeat the experiment carried out with the apparatus LCROSS and the upper stage "Centaur", which purposely "dropped" on the surface of the moon's south pole. In Read more [...]
Passage of Venus between the Earth and the Sun, what happened in the middle of this year, provided the astronomers the opportunity to verify one very difficult to measure and potentially useful effect.A group of Italian astronomers led by Paolo MOLAR Trieste Astronomical Observatory of the National Institute of Astrophysics (Italy) carried out a series of very sophisticated measurements of the Rossiter - McLaughlin.Spectrographic this effect occurs when one celestial body passes in front of another and creates abnormal red and blue shift, commonly observed as a broadening of the spectral lines Read more [...]
Experts from NASA reported that technical problems rover Curiosity question the feasibility of continuing research mission to the Red Planet. The problem, according to the chief engineer of the machine, Rob Manning, is in electronics - allegedly drill at work and refuse to bring down the entire rover.
"Rectify the situation can be had for a couple of months to send Curiosity from the station in Florida, but by the time of the fault detection to change anything it was too late," - said Manning.
Note that previously heard of NASA reports that drill lander failed due disinfection procedures Read more [...]
12/11/2012 Let's get acquainted with the diffuse reflection nebula M78, which is located in the constellation of Orion. She is one of 110 popular sites, which are included in Messier's catalog of objects. The nebula Messier 78 is also known under the designation of NGC 2068. It was opened by the French astronomer and surveyor Meshenom Pierre (Pierre Méchain) in March 1780. In the same year she went to the catalog comet-like objects Messier.Reflection Nebula Messier 78 is located at a distance of 1600 light years from Earth. This object is part of a group of nebulae, which consists Read more [...]
The very first moments of the transformation of a massive star in a supernova can be accompanied by emission of X-rays detected by space telescopes such as NASA's Swift. These rays can tell astronomers where to look for the flash of gamma and optical bands. The discovery was made by scientists from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, who were surprised by the large amount of thermal X-rays detected with the gamma-ray bursts associated with supernovae.The challenge for astronomers and the observation of supernovae is that the initial time of the outbreak, when the collapsing core of Read more [...]
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