NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ For Mars Landings Gets Put To The Test

Sometime before 2:30 p.m. CDT tomorrow, NASA will test a new way of landing heavy equipment on Mars using a ‘flying saucer’ design. It’s called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), and it’s designed to inflate into a large disk dragging a parachute behind it. Whenever we launch a Mars landing mission, reaching the surface safely is critical. All…
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Gesundheit! June’s Full Moon Could Be A Real Sneezer

If the moon looked full to you last night, it was … almost. The Full Strawberry Moon happens smack in the middle of the day for North American observers at precisely 11:19 a.m. CDT, making last night’s and tonight’s moons nearly equally full. Yes, TWO full moon nights. Interesting sights often occur around full moon.…
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Want To See Your House From Outer Space? Here’s How

10 years back a guy came to my door to sell me an aerial photo of my home taken from a small plane. It was a great picture, and I was tempted, but the price was a bit steep. Now I can just go online and thanks to satellite imagery, locate my home and print a…
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SpongeBob Moon Hyperion Gets Farewell Kiss From Cassini

With a little more than 800 days remaining in its mission, NASA’s Cassini space probe has begun preparing for some final flybys before its remarkable tour of duty ends.  Tomorrow it will make its last close approach to Saturn’s large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion, one of the strangest-looking bodies in the solar system. Its sponge-like appearance has…
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The Universe Loves A Sphere

Just as the remnant energy of the Big Bang fills the present day universe with a subtle static called the cosmic background radiation, I’m convinced that leftovers of all the grand processes at work in the world from remote past to current day remain with us. They’re built into everyday events. Case in point. Two mornings ago, I…
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