Posted May 21, 2013 By David
Landing a human on Mars by the 2030s is now a priority for the US with every available dollar to be spent on bridging gaps in knowledge on how to get there, NASA’s chief said.
Addressing a conference of space experts at George Washington University, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said that despite hard economic times the United States is committed to breaking new boundaries in space exploration.
“A human mission to Mars is today the ultimate destination in our solar system for humanity, and it is a priority for NASA. Our entire exploration program is aligned to support this goal,” Bolden said.
President Barack Obama has proposed a $17.7 billion dollar budget for NASA in 2014, and he supports a “vibrant and coordinated strategy for Mars exploration,” Bolden said.
Among the first steps to sending astronauts to Mars are NASA’s plans to capture and relocate an asteroid by 2025, a process that should inform future efforts to send humans into deep space, the former astronaut said.
Also, US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have volunteered to spend one year at the International Space Station beginning in 2015 to allow doctors to assess how long-duration zero gravity exposure affects bone density, muscle mass and vision. Read the remainder of this entry »
Posted May 16, 2013 By David
It is reported that a “super-active” sun spot is rotating on a trajectory towards Earth that could erupt at anytime, causing a massive solar storm.
Our planet will be in the storm’s sights by the weekend, say reports.
In one 24-hour period over the past weekend, the sun unleashed the three most powerful solar flares recorded so far this year. In the period between May 12 and 14, eight blasts were observed.
On the flare scale, the strongest registered X3.2.
X-class flares are the most powerful solar storms, with M-class in the middle and C-class the weakest. Read the remainder of this entry »
Filed in NASA, Science, Space | Tagged: Earth, Geomagnetic storm, International Space Station, NASA, planets, Science, Solar Dynamic Observatory, Solar flare, Space, Space Weather Prediction Center, sun
Posted May 15, 2013 By David
The unmanned fighter jet was launched from the deck of a United States Navy aircraft carrier early this week.
The robotic aircraft was catapulted from the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean but the launch has been met with growing concerns over the legality of escalating drone surveillance and lethal strikes.
Called the X-47B , the bat-winged robotic combat drone is considered particularly valuable because it’s the first that is designed specifically to take off and land on an aircraft carrier, allowing it to be used around the world without needing the permission of other countries to serve as a home base. Read the remainder of this entry »
Filed in Armed Forces, Military, Navy, Robotics | Tagged: Department of Defense, George H.W. Bush, Navy, robotic drone fighter jet, Technology, United States Navy, USS George H.W. Bush, X-47