The period between 2003 and 2005 is one of the busiest times in the history of planetary science. British scientists are preparing for an avalanche of data to be sent back by spacecraft that are exploring the Solar System. Their findings will help us understand the origins of our planet and life on Earth.
As NASA launched the 101st space shuttle flight on November 30, Spaceflightnow.com looks back at the past 20 years of blastoffs in a special gallery feature. Especially stunning night time shots!
The Project Apollo Archive serves as an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program.
The Archive was created by Kipp Teague in February 1999 as a companion web site to his \"Contact Light\" personal retrospective on Project Apollo.
NASA was set to bring back a tiny sampling of the raw material of the Sun, a sample weighing no more than a few grains of salt in the Genesis Space Capsule - but the craft crashed on return to earth.
But can the collected solar particles from the wreckage still be analysed?
March 15, 2004:
NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting the sun. It's a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.
NASA's Stardust spacecraft photographs the nucleus of Comet Wild 2 at a distance of 236 km and reveals barn-sized boulders, 100-meter high cliffs, and some weird terrain including what looks like impact craters as large as 1 km across. Read this NASA@science article
Spirit Rover Landed safely on Mars on Saturday 3 Jan 2004. This website brought to you by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory keeps you up to date with all the unfolding events.
You can also see Briefing Schedules at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/landing.cfm where you can tap onto a link for NASA webstreaming TV.
Immense cracks in our planet's magnetic field can remain open for hours, allowing the solar wind to gush through and power stormy space weather.
Read more at the Science@NASA website
Everything you need to know about space exploration, according to the BBC.
The Beagle 2 project is the British led effort to land on Mars as part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express Mission, launched in June 2003.
Something has gone wrong in the field of astronomy. Many widely held beliefs fly in the face of observational evidence. Theories go through such contortions to resolve inconsistencies that the ideas can no longer be explained in simple language. Alternative ideas are often rejected out of hand simply because they challenge the status quo. The result... many of today's theories are unnecessarily complex.
Images from Mars Odyssey's Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) spacecraft are now being posted daily on the Internet. NASA's mission is expected to provide 15,000 visible light images, but already there has been criticism that not enough pictures are being released quickly enough to the public providing anything of value that has not been seen already by the Mar Orbiter Camera (MOC).
THEMIS began mapping Mars from an orbit of 420 kilometers in mid-February, taking images in both infrared and visible light.
Looking for information about the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity? You will find official NASA links here.
What do auroras look like? What makes them happen? Where can you see them? Why are they different colors?
This site explains everything and includes links to auroral forecasts, a huge gallery of great photos (some taken from satellites), and tips on how to photograph this beautiful, rare phenomena!
If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come to the right place! Here you will find all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical information.
You can save your Latitude and Longitude details in the site's data base without having to re-enter the information next time you visit the site
A specific part of the JPL/NASA site is dedicated to the Mars Global Surveyor craft. There are many images displayed from the Mars Orbiter Camera and you will also find the latest high resolution pictures of the Cydonia Face here.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by the California Institute of Technology, is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Their spacecraft have visited all the planets in our solar system except Pluto. JPL telescopes are observing distant galaxies in the universe to study how our solar system was formed.
This very comprehensive site gives a thorough insight into NASA's goals, operations and discoveries.
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Some of the most incredible pictures from deep space can be seen here. You won't be dissapointed!
The Science Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center sponsors the Science@NASA web sites. The mission of Science@NASA is to help the public understand how exciting NASA research is and to help NASA scientists fulfill their outreach responsibilities.
Every few days a new article is published. No need to keep checking the site - just subscribe to Science@NASA updates and you will be informed by email.
Find out about recent solar flares and sunspot activity. You can view a spectacular archive image gallery of the Northern Lights and get advanced notification of impending aurora's. News updates of close encounters with asteroids and comets issued. Eclipses, meteor showers, planetary and other space events and phenomena can be found on this very informative site.
This interesting news board issues articles on space projects associated with the Red Planet and keeps readers informed of the latest discoveries. Right now the focus is on NASA's Odyssey spacecraft which successfully aerobraked in mid-Jan 2002 and is now positioned in close orbit around the planet ready to collect scientific data.
This site deals with "The Defining Question for Mars Exploration: Life on Mars?" To discover the possibilities for life on Mars--past, present or our own in the future--the Mars Program has developed an exploration strategy known as "Follow the Water." Find out exactly what this means.......
The rather univiting website at first glance has more to offer than meets the eye with a lot of buried information not clearly outlined. Mike Malin, the MSSS private contractor whose cameras took the controversial recent images of Cydonia is an ardent opponent of artificiality and has been critisised for not releasing images to the public speedily.
Mar Orbiter Camera (MOC) photographs are freely downloadable from this site, but unfortunately there is no facility to question this organization and get feedback on what is being displayed.
This is the Internet base of researcher Richard Hoagland whose theories regarding the "Martian Monuments" are described in Hancock's "The Mars Mystery". There is a regularly updated bulletin section, a conference area with many different ongoing discussions, an archive section and much more.
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