Category Archives: Astronomy

This Day in History, @NASA Created #space #science #NASA

Per Wikipedia, image is public domain.

This day in history, July 29, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is created. Contrary to what articles like this one tell you, the real reason for its creation can be seen in this short, educational video:

Truman Meets Zoidberg

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My Very Extraordinary Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza Pies #pluto #space #science

Pluto

Not as boring as you might think.

The New Horizons probe passed by Pluto at about 14 km/s (~8.7 m/s) at a distance of 12,500 km (about 7,800 miles, which is 1/3 the distance between the Earth and the Moon). NASA’s next round of data collection will occur sometime after midnight tonight, which will include the highest resolution photos of the planet to date. This is an exciting time for astronomy. My undergraduate degree is in Physics, and I can’t help but feel a bit left behind, but I’m happy for all the advances humanity is making, as well as the knowledge we’re gathering about the universe.

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Comet Lander, Philae, Wakes up #space #law #science #realestate

The Philae, which landed on a comet and then shut down, has woken up. So, once again, we await data on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

In light of the quote I posted earlier today, I thought I’d point out that there’s disagreement among space law experts on the legality of mining asteroids. You’d think this is a cut-and-dry issue; first come, first served. However, the issue is actually complex due to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 by which countries voluntarily agreed not to lay claim to outer space. The treaty promotes scientific discovery by assuring us free access to wherever we visit. Some have argued that the prohibition applies to governments, not their citizens. The only test so far: A citizen that claimed the asteroid, Eros, essentially wrote NASA a parking ticket, which NASA refused to pay. Would you agree that we need a bit more to settle this issue?

Book ’em, Grragloooplexx!

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