Space the beyond


Geostationary satellites in the Swiss Alps (par Michael Kunze)




fuckyeahanaglyph:

La Lune en 3D par le satellite Pléiades



Tango et Mango volent en formation

11 novembre 2010

À 710 km d’altitude, le satellite Tango de la mission Prisma-FFIORD survole la planète bleue, fonçant vers la nuit à la vitesse de 27 000 km/h.

Contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait croire, cette image n’est pas une vue d’artiste. Il s’agit d’une photographie prise courant octobre par Mango, le satellite principal de cette mission de démonstration technologique, avec lequel Tango effectuait alors un pas de deux. Les satellites volaient en effet à ce moment précis en formation serrée, n’étant séparés que par une distance de 15 m.

Explorer les contraintes du vol en formation dans l’espace et tester des technologies permettant de les maîtriser est justement l’objectif principal de la mission Prisma, à laquelle le CNES participe au travers de l’expérience FFIORD. Celle-ci est constituée d’un système de contrôle de distance entre les 2 satellites et d’un logiciel pour le mettre en œuvre.

Le 28 octobre dernier, le contrôle de trajectoire de Mango a été confié à FFIORD, ce qui a notamment permis au satellite de s’approcher, de façon parfaitement autonome, à 100 m de Tango depuis un point de départ situé 4,9 km plus loin. Cette première phase d’expérimentation de FFIORD a parfaitement atteint tous ses objectifs.








10213 Shuttle Adventure
New LEGO set due out June 2010Complete details on The Brothers Brick (including a video interview with the design team).(Photos shared with written permission from The LEGO Group.) (by Dunechaser)

10213 Shuttle Adventure

New LEGO set due out June 2010

Complete details on The Brothers Brick (including a video interview with the design team).

(Photos shared with written permission from The LEGO Group.) 
(by Dunechaser)



unknownskywalker:

NASA’s Swift Catches 500th Gamma-ray Burst

In its first five years in orbit, NASA’s Swift satellite has given astronomers more than they could have hoped for. Its discoveries range from a nearby nascent supernova to a blast so far away that it happened when our universe was only 5 percent of its present age. On April 13, the spacecraft’s “burst-o-meter” cataloged its 500th GRB, officially known as GRB 100413B, which exploded in constellation Cassiopeia as a long burst, a type usually associated with the death of a massive star.

Swift’s main job is to quickly localize each gamma-ray burst — the biggest and most mysterious explosions in the cosmos, report its position so that others can immediately conduct follow-up observations, and then study the burst using its X-ray and Ultraviolet/Optical telescopes. But it does much more, including ultraviolet studies of exploding stars, monitoring black holes and neutron stars for surges of high-energy radiation, and carrying out a long-term X-ray survey of the entire sky.

Check the link for more info about the project and a list of summaries of the most notable bursts in Swift’s storied career.

Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Via The Dark Side of the Force


itsfullofstars:

NASA Slated To Receive Billions To Study Earth

This illustration shows the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite, which ended its mission with a splash into the ocean near Antarctica in February 2009. NASA plans to use part of the proposed new funding to replace this satellite.

(via crookedindifference)





ageofreason:

Seeing The First Light From The First Objects In Space


Via Age of Puppy


Payload preparations are underway for Arianespace’s first launch of 2010

The first-arrived payload for Ariane 5’s year-opening flight is undergoing initial checkout at Europe’s Spaceport as preparations move forward for a dual-passenger mission set for March 24.

via spacefellowship.com



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nemoi:

flood:

tuvuan:

stereo-graphica:

takaakik:

melisaki:

NASA ECHO II

S-131 passive comms satellite, 1965
via NASA-LaRC




ilovecharts:

morningstar:

criminalwisdom:

Visualization of orbiting satellites by country.
Image via BM Design.

Seems like we treat space the same as we treat our planet - as an inexhaustible garbage dump!


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