The Space Dogs Belka and Strelka (Video)

The Space Dogs Belka and Strelka (Video)

Belka and Strelka are dogs sent to space on board of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik-5, a prototype of the Vostok spacecraft. Belka and Strelka, spend two days there – August 19 and 20, 1960. The animals were prepared for their mission for one year. The purpose of the experiment on sending animals to space is to test the effectiveness of life supporting system in space and to study the impact of cosmic rays on living organisms. Belka and Strelka were the first living creatures to safely return to Earth after an orbital flight (before that,   on May 28, 1959...
NASA Was Asked to Return Astronauts to The Moon in The Next 5 Years

NASA Was Asked to Return Astronauts to The Moon in The Next 5 Years

US Vice President Mike Pens challenged NASA to send people to the Moon by 2024. Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, accepted the challenge and announced that the deadline is sufficient. Pens wants a little more dynamics from NASA’s space projects. During a meeting at Alabama Space Center, he announced, that sending astronauts to the Moon, for up to 5 years, is in the goals of the current presidential administration. “Challenge accepted. Now let’s get to work.” Brindenstine  said on Twitter. BIG NEWS: President Trump and @VP Pence have directed @NASA to return astronauts to the Moon in the next 5 years.Challenge...
An Inside Look at the Progress That’s Being Made on the Mars 2020 Rover (Video)

An Inside Look at the Progress That’s Being Made on the Mars 2020 Rover (Video)

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is expected to launch sometime next year, so you’d be right to assume that NASA is making strides in manufacturing its next-generation rover and its accompanying landing gear in preparation for the big day. In this video, NASA’s Jennifer Trosper gives us an inside look at the progress that’s being made on the Mars 2020 rover. While the rover doesn’t look like much as of right now, Trosper says it’ll be completed sometime in the next several months. Other critical components, such as the cruise stage, the descent stage, the air shell, and the heat shield,...
Where Is Elon Musk’s $100K Roadster He Sent To Space A Year Ago?

Where Is Elon Musk’s $100K Roadster He Sent To Space A Year Ago?

SpaceX made history last February when it flew an electric Tesla Roadster supercar into outer space with the help of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which just so happens to be the most powerful production rocket ever built by a commercial space company. But have you ever wondered where that car is and how it’s doing in space? Fun fact: the Tesla Roadster that SpaceX put in outer space is orbiting the Sun as you read this, and more importantly, it has traveled much farther than any other car ever made. In fact, experts estimate that it has traveled a distance equivalent to...
NASA is on Rush to Land on the Moon and Stay There

NASA is on Rush to Land on the Moon and Stay There

NASA is speeding up its plans to return to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will stay there. Jim Bridstein, a NASA administrator, told reporters on last week, that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon using private companies. “It is important to get back to the Moon as quickly as possible,” said Bridestin, adding that he hoped astronauts would be sent to Earth’s natural satellite by 2028. “This time, when we go to the moon, we will actually stay, we will not leave any...
NASA Spacecraft Ready to ‘Touch’ The Sun as it Prepares For Its Closest Approach

NASA Spacecraft Ready to ‘Touch’ The Sun as it Prepares For Its Closest Approach

On Jan. 19, 2019, just 161 days after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed its first orbit of the Sun, reaching the point in its orbit farthest from our star, called aphelion. The spacecraft has now begun the second of 24 planned orbits, on track for its second perihelion, or closest approach to the Sun, on April 4, 2019. Parker Solar Probe entered full operational status (known as Phase E) on Jan. 1, with all systems online and operating as designed. The spacecraft has been delivering data from its instruments to...
See What Impressive Astronomical Phenomena Will be Observed in 2019

See What Impressive Astronomical Phenomena Will be Observed in 2019

The new 2019 arrives with the promise of spectacular events that will make lovers of astronomy to stare to the night sky. The “Meteor showers” Perseid and Geminid invariably present impressive celestial performances, but there will be other astronomical events during the year that are worth watching, according to Gizmodo website. In 2019, lovers of the night sky will witness a total eclipse of the Sun, three partial Solar eclipses, three super Moons – on January 21, February 19 and March 21, complete and partial lunar eclipse, a rare transit (passage) of Mercury in front of the Sun. The rare...
NASA’s Probe Found Water on an Asteroid

NASA’s Probe Found Water on an Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft just barely reached its goal – the asteroid Bennu, but has already made significant discoveries. One of them is that there is water inside the asteroid, the space agency said. The data of the device show that in the structure of Bennu there are molecules of oxygen and hydrogen that are connected to each other. Scientists say they are abundant in the clay minerals of the asteroid. This means that at some point in its story, Bennu had a touch of water. The asteroid itself is too small to have ever had liquid water. But such was...