NASA’s Dawn probe is scheduled to slip into orbit around Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) Friday, wrapping up a deep-space chase that lasted two-and-a-half years.
Due to enter orbit around Ceres on Friday, the Dawn spacecraft snaps the best pictures yet of the dwarf planet.
Washington (AFP) March 2, 2015
US space transportation company SpaceX launched two commercial communications satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday evening.
SpaceX adds a sixteenth consecutive launch of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. operating at a launch tempo of more than one launch per month.
The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars’ atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.
Curiosity’s detection of methane in the Martian atmosphere is definitive. It’s origin must now be traced. A biological origin is possible.
Researchers want to send messages toward newly discovered planets in deep space. But some worry we may contact Klingons instead of E.T.
Recent meeting of astronomers debated the question of whether we should actively try to contact alien civilizations in space.