The NASA probe New Horizons close to Pluto and will be able to enter the planet’s atmosphere in July of this year
Span New horizons near Pluto in the artist’s impression of NASA.
The ship, which was launched back in 2006 has come nearer to the outer body at a distance that allows you to make high-quality pictures of its surface.
NASA may have to adjust its trajectory in case of detection of unknown cosmic bodies, reports Russia Today .
Apart from the modern equipment on Board the spacecraft is an urn with the remains of the discoverer of Pluto Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), CDs with a message to aliens, U.S. coins, flags and postage stamps. On Board the SPACECRAFT is the CD 434 738 names of people who participated in the campaign NASA “Send your name to Pluto” (Send Your Name to Pluto).
Task apparatus is the study of the atmosphere and the ground layers of Pluto, moreover, New Horizons will create a map of the surface of the farthest planet in our System. Continue reading
The U.S. space Agency plans to launch a probe, equipped with a solar sail. He will leave earth orbit and go to the distant asteroid due to the pressure of sunlight. Like the ships of the discoverers of the 15th century, in 2018, a small space probe will unfurl the sail and start a journey to a faraway asteroid, marking the beginning of a new phase in space exploration.
The idea of using solar sails for space flight was proposed almost a hundred years ago, Soviet rocketry pioneer Friedrich Zander. It was based on the fact that Photons of light can exert pressure on the illuminated surface, giving him his momentum. Therefore, if you expand behind the ship a giant mirror, his speed will gradually increase without using fuel.
However, the first experimental devices were established only at the very end of the twentieth century. This is because space sailboats should be very easy, and their embodiment in life became possible only after the emergence of a truly compact electronics. Continue reading
5 documentaries about space, which is a must-see after “Gravity”.
Of course, no one claims that the recent release with George Clooney and Sandra bullock is a scientific and educational films. However, in the film there are scenes that require clarification to fully appreciate the realism of the project, Alfonso Cuaron. To do this, we have found 5 documentaries that are not only fascinating but also relevant to the plot of “Gravity.”
“Hubble 3D”, 2010
At the beginning of “Gravity” Dr. Ryan stone, she is new to NASA, trust the repair of Hubble telescope. Learn how the Hubble looks real, how many people have access to it and what happens when damage to a spacecraft, from a picture of Tony Myers. The film “Hubble 3D” is a complete film magazine on a mission “Atlantis”, where the parts are shown in a professional kitchen around Sara and satellites. It is noteworthy that the astronaut Michael Massimino, who was in the space Shuttle Atlantis, is considered the prototype of Matt Kowalski, played by Clooney. The number of celebrities associated with the movie, not the end — in the original version of the film narration reads Leonardo DiCaprio. Continue reading