Some people actually look forward to reading my next Apollo 50th Anniversary Moment. So here it is–just a bit about Gemini IV and the first U.S.-conducted spacewalk–all in the monthly “Space Watch:” Gemini IV: There’s a Starman Walking in the Sky. For those who don’t know, NASA’s Gemini program was a “bridge” program. Most of what […]Read More The Starman Walking in the Sky
There are several teams competing for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE. One team is going their own way, because instead of using just one robot, the team, Hakuto (which is Japanese for rabbit), is using two. The following information comes from Space.com’s recent post about Hakuto and the robot duo they are prototyping. The bigger robot, looking like […]Read More More Rabbits on the Moon?
This is a really cool idea: instead of landing on Mars, why not just have a spacecraft skim the Red Planet’s atmosphere for dust, and return home with those samples? That way mission designers don’t have to worry about landing complexities and the added weight of a lander. And if a lander collected samples of […]Read More Private Space: SCIMming Mars Mission
Some fun for you–keeping this post short anyway because I’ve been under the weather the past few days. Longer, and hopefully, more interesting posts will soon come again. Space.com posted this page where you can go vote on your favorite Lego-constructed spaceraft and rovers. If you do vote, there’s a high chance at least one of […]Read More Space Lego
To say there are a lot of interesting satellites orbiting the Earth with unknown missions, at least unknown to the public, belonging either to the US or other nations, is an understatement. And when governments withhold the number of, ahem, “black” satellites orbiting the Earth as the US did last year, well, that just encourages […]Read More Curious about spy satellites? Now there’s an app for that!