“We know where to look. We know how to look,” Ellen Stofan said during a panel discussion Tuesday on NASA’s search for alien life and habitable worlds. “In most cases, we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it.”
The new generation of human space exploration spacecraft is getting a new generation clock to count it down for launch on December 4.
NASA and its commercial partners are designing Orion to take astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid in the 2020s, and to Mars and its moons in the 2030s. For that reason, NASA portrayed Friday’s test flight as a first step toward deep-space exploration. The mission was known as Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1.
For many decades, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible. Or is it?
There was a driving rain on Cape Canaveral on the morning of November 14, 1969, as humanity’s second trip to the Moon lifted off, with a set of science experiments and three astronauts on board, and President Nixon in attendance. Seven years after his predecessor had kicked off the whole project by asking why Rice plays Texas, and not many months after two Americans had become the first humans to make it to the lunar surface, Apollo 12 was headed for a place on the western edge of the near side of the Moon called the Ocean of Storms, but first they would have to get through an Earth-bound one.
Humankind made history this morning when the Rosetta mission made the first-ever landing on a comet. Just a couple minutes after 8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. EST, the European Space Agency received confirmation that after a roughly 7-hour descent, the mission’s lander craft, named Philae, touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.