Chocolate solar system cupcakes with vanilla almond buttercream frosting. I bet the frosting is super tasty - I love anything almond flavored!
You HAVE to go see this website, the pictures are totally amazing !
When planetary science meet artists amazing drawing, it creates tens of awesome downloadable art creations representing a geological particularity of the planet or one of its satellites.
Go here : www.experiencetheplanets.com
I don’t know it’s a collection of various planetary bodies in the solar system.
always been amazed with the sky, space, and our solar system - i thank my father.
Make your own solar system!
From the The University of Colorado’s PhET Interactive Simulations group.
(Via Bad Astronomy)
Spacecraft Hits Midpoint on Flight to Pluto
A NASA spacecraft speeding across the solar system has officially covered half the distance of its trip to Pluto and its moons.
On Thursday, NASA’s New Horizons probe zoomed past the 1.48 billion-mile mark (2.39 billion-km), completing half the travel distance between Earth in 2006, when it launched, and where Pluto will be when the spacecraft arrives in July 2015.
New Horizons has been billed as NASA’s fastest mission to visit another world. It is zooming across the solar system at about 36,000 mph (nearly 58,000 kph). Next month, it will cross the orbit of Uranus.
The spacecraft is headed to study the dwarf planet Pluto and its three moons: Nix, Hydra and Charon. It will record detailed observations during a flyby and then head out into the Kuiper Belt on the edge of the solar system to study the icy objects lurking in that cosmic realm.
Image: This image depicts an artist’s rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its three moons in summer 2015.Read more »
Anonymous said: What do you do are you an astronomer?
Where do you see the future of space exploration being, say in 10 years time? Will it all be unmanned missions? (especially after constellation got the axe)
Not at all. I truly love astrophotos of the universe: galaxies, nebulas, … these are really amazing ! I even began to see it by myself with some school friends and an amateur telescope, but I’m far from being an expert in this field.
Actually, I’m in a French Aerospace engineering school (Supaero), one of the best European universities for aerospace studies. I’m finishing my master degree in 1 month in mechanical & thermal aerospace vehicles engineering and after I will work for EADS Astrium, the European leader in space business. I’m very passioned by rocket, satellites and all this stuff, and now my work will be to design them.
For the future of space exploration, I’m not very optimistic. I think for the 20 next years, It would be more or less the same things as today : sending unmanned probes in all the solar system: Venus can be interesting for the greenhouse effect understanding, obviously Mars by a lot of satellites & rovers explorations in order to search for life and water, Saturn has a lot of very interesting moons such as Enceladus (liquid water under the surface ?) and the well-know Titan, etc.. Saturn is my favorite planet because it’s so rich, every single year we are finding very interesting phenomenons that are changing our understanding of the solar system.
Concerning manned missions, I believe a lot in the commercial rockets such as Space X and the future SpaceShipThree to carry private astronaut passengers to space hotels around the Earth. This will be the Second Space Race between private companies, after the historical Space Race to the Moon between USSR and USA in the 60’s. I hope this new competition will decrease the cost to launch men to space, I wish I could go there one day !