La NASA anuncia un hangout fuera de este mundo


En directo desde la Estación Espacial Internacional, la agencia espacial prepara un hangout para mostrarnos como es la vida en el espacio. Les contamos cuándo, dónde y con quién.


La Agencia Estadounidense del Espacio y la Aeronáutica (NASA) transmitirá su primer hangout desde el espacio el 22 de febrero. La Estación Espacial Internacional será el lugar desde donde van a trasmitir, a través de su pagina en Google+, así como por el canal de YouTube. La transmisión empezará las 11 de la mañana, hora del Este de Estados Unidos, y permitirá interacción entre usuarios y astronautas, ya que se podrán formular preguntas en vivo a través de las redes sociales.

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Curiosity encuentra objeto metálico no identificado en Marte


Esta es la única imagen que tenemos del misterioso objeto que Curiosity encontró en Marte (Foto: NASA)

En el planeta rojo está Curiosity, un robot que ya encontró pruebas de que allí alguna vez hubo agua. Pero hoy se reveló un nuevo descubrimiento que da mucho más que pensar: se encontró un objeto brillante no identificado.

Antes de entrar a especular y fantasear sobre lo que puede ser este hallazgo en Marte hay que descartar dos posibles explicaciones: Puede ser un pedazo del robot que se cayó, o algún escombro que quedó del amartizaje de Curiosity hace más de dos meses. Leer más “Curiosity encuentra objeto metálico no identificado en Marte”

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Is there life on Mars? NASA’s latest mission to the red planet might well answer that question, or perhaps the more pertinent question, was there life on Mars. At 10:02 AM EST on November 26th last year, the space agency’s Mars Science Laboratory (to give the mission its full name) set off on its eight-month journey to the red planet. The most advanced equipment ever sent to the planet — and the biggest-ever rover — should allow exploration of some of the most interesting regions, over far larger distances than ever previously covered. On arrival, after negotiating a tricky landing, the mobile laboratory (that’s Curiosity) will spend a Martian year (687 Earth days) analyzing rock samples and seeking evidence of conditions suitable for microbial life or — we can live in hope — actual evidence of the same. After the break, we take a look at some of the key events over the first seven days on the planet’s surface.

Life on Mars One week of Curiousity

The Mars Descent Imager Instrument (MARDI) shows the heat shield after separation from the craft.The descentAt 01:32 AM EDT on August 6th, the rover Curiosity successfully negotiates its descent to the surface of Mars, landing at the foot of a mountain within Gale Crater. Just a few minutes after landing, the first tantalizing images start to make their way back to earth.

“Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars” –NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

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Curiosity on its descent to the planet’s surface.

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SpaceX Wins $440 Million NASA Contract to Replace the Space Shuttle


Aerospace firm SpaceX announced Friday that it won a $440 million contract from NASA to modify its Dragon capsule for human space flight as a private-sector successor to the Space Shuttle. The plan is to launch the first Dragon flight carrying American astronauts by 2015.

The Dragon capsule can carry seven astronauts, and it launches aboard the 227 foot-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. These vehicles proved themselves in May in an unmanned mission in which Dragon became the first private spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station.

Since that mission, SpaceX has undergone tests to ensure that the vehicles are ready for manned spaceflight. On July 17, Dragon passed NASA’s design review, which outlined its new launch pad emergency procedures, its life-support systems, cockpit design and propulsive landing system. While the unmanned Dragon splashed down in the ocean, the piloted version will have thrusters to guide it to a landing.

“This is a decisive milestone in human spaceflight and sets an exciting course for the next phase of American space exploration,” SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk said in a press release. “SpaceX, along with our partners at NASA, will continue to push the boundaries of space technology to develop the safest, most advanced crew vehicle ever flown.”

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NASA Releases Awesome Images of Massive Solar Flare Heading Toward Earth [VIDEO]

NASA is keeping a close eye on that solar flare that started on Thursday, July 12, and now it’s released dramatic time-lapse video and photos of the flare that’s found its way to Earth.

There’s nothing to fear with this solar dustup — although it’s rated X1.4, barely within the “extreme” range, it’s not expected to cause any damage to electronic equipment, either in orbit or here on terra firma.

However, as we mentioned in our previous post about this latest solar flare, there might be some unusually southern northern lights tonight, so it might be a good idea to go outside and take a look if you live north of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Barcelona or Paris (approximately 40 degrees North latitude).

Meanwhile, take a gander at these dramatic photos from NASA, showing our mighty Sun having a mild hissy fit:

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Pics and video courtesy NASA

Dentro del Endeavour – La cabina de cristal

Ángela Posada-Swafford, corresponsal de Muy Interesante, ha visitado en exclusiva el Endeavour, el transbordador jubilado de la NASA, antes de que emprenda su viaje al California Science Center para ser expuesto al público. Aquí está visitando la “cabina de cristal”, con pantallas que pueden manipularse interactivamente, e incluyen información sobre la navegación, el acercamiento a las pistas de aterrizaje, el clima e imágenes de navegación en 3D similares a las que ofrece un simulador de vuelo.

La nave espacial, que costó 2.200 millones de dólares, realizó su último vuelo en junio de 2011, después de 25 misiones

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