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Mars Mission Launched to Study the Interior of the Red Planet: See You on November 26



|| May 05: 2018 || ά. NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport or InSight mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study, for the first time, what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. InSight launched at 07:05 EDT, 04:05 PDT, Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. “The United States continues to lead the way to Mars with this next exciting mission to study the Red Planet’s core and geological processes.” said NASA Administrator Mr Jim Bridenstine.

“I want to congratulate all the teams from NASA and our international partners, who made this accomplishment possible. As we continue to gain momentum in our work to send astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars, missions like InSight are going to prove invaluable.” First reports indicate the United Launch Alliance:ULA, Atlas V rocket, that carried InSight into space was seen as far south as Carlsbad, California and as far east as Oracle, Arizona. One person recorded a video of the launch from a private aircraft flying along the California coast.

Riding the Centaur second stage of the rocket, the spacecraft reached orbit 13 minutes and 16 seconds after launch. Seventy-nine minutes later, the Centaur ignited a second time, sending InSight on a trajectory towards the Red Planet. InSight separated from the Centaur 14 minutes later, 93 minutes after launch and contacted the spacecraft via NASA’s Deep Space Network at 08:41.

“The Kennedy Space Centre and ULA teams gave us a great ride today and started InSight on our six-and-a-half-month journey to Mars.” said Mr Tom Hoffman, InSight Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:JPL in Pasadena, California. “We’ve received positive indication the InSight spacecraft is in good health and we are all excited to be going to Mars once again to do groundbreaking science.”

With its successful launch, NASA’s InSight team now is focusing on the six-month voyage. During the cruise phase of the mission, engineers will check out the spacecraft’s subsystems and science instruments, making sure its solar arrays and antenna are oriented properly, tracking its trajectory and performing manoeuvres to keep it on course.

InSight is scheduled to land on the Red Planet around 15:00 EST November 26, where it will conduct science operations until November 24, 2020, which equates to one year and 40 days on Mars or, nearly, two Earth years. “Scientists have been dreaming about doing seismology on Mars for years. In my case, I had that dream 40 years ago as a graduate student and now that shared dream has been lofted through the clouds and into reality.” said Mr Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator at JPL.

The InSight lander will probe and collect data on marsquakes, heat flow from the planet’s interior and the way the planet wobbles, to help scientists understand what makes Mars tick and the processes, that shaped the four rocky planets of our inner solar system. “InSight will not only teach us about Mars, it will enhance our understanding of formation of other rocky worlds like Earth and the Moon and thousands of planets around other stars.” said Mr Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency headquarters in Washington. "InSight connects science and technology with a diverse team of JPL-led international and commercial partners."

Previous missions to Mars investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil but no one has attempted to investigate the planet's earliest evolution, which can only be found by looking far below the surface. “InSight will help us unlock the mysteries of Mars in a new way, by not just studying the surface of the planet but by looking deep inside to help us learn about the earliest building blocks of the planet.” said JPL Director Mr Michael Watkins.

JPL manages InSight for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Programme, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. The InSight spacecraft, including, cruise stage and lander, was built and tested by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver. NASA's Launch Services Programme at the agency's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida is responsible for launch service acquisition, integration, analysis, and launch management. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado, is NASA's launch service provider.

A number of European partners, including, France's Centre National d'Études Spatiales:CNES and the German Aerospace Centre:DLR are supporting the InSight mission. CNES provided the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure:SEIS instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research:MPS in Göttingen, Germany. DLR provided the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package:HP3 instrument.

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Say With This Celestial Ring We are One: One We are With This Celestial-Bond


|| February 14: 2018 || ά. Now, here is this bright and beautiful celestial ring. And whose is it, this ring? Or, rather, who is the architect of this formation or who the participants are in this cosmic geometric alliance? Glimmering with colour and light against a pitch-black sky, this ring was seen during the eclipse, that took place on August 21, 2017 across the USA. This event was a total solar eclipse, meaning that the Moon slipped perfectly in front of the Sun and blocked the entirety of the star’s light, an occurrence, known as, totality, for a band of observers across the country.

The shadow of the eclipse took 01.5 hours to cross the USA, moving from Oregon to South Carolina and gave eager eclipse-watchers within the totality belt up to 160 seconds of total darkness. This snapshot was captured during an eclipse expedition to the USA as part of ESA’s Co-operation Through Education in Science and Astronomy Research:CESAR educational initiative. CESAR engages students in the wonders of science and technology, astronomy in particular. The expedition team organised a special event on eclipse day and delivered a broadcast, including, eclipse footage and talks with experts.

Totality for the team occurred at precisely 10:42 local time in Casper, Wyoming at 17:42 GMT; this image was taken moments after totality ended and the Moon continued along its path through the sky.

The eclipse’s likeness to a diamond ring is a well-documented effect within astronomy and seen often in solar eclipses. It is known as, predictably, either the diamond ring effect or the Baily’s beads effect. The beads refer to the tiny pearls and droplets of sunlight, that can be seen forming around the Moon’s dark outline. When the Moon moves on enough for the beads to draw together and form a more solid and extended band of light, Baily’s beads are said to have formed the diamond ring effect as seen here. 

Caption: Diamond ring: Image: ESA: CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Mission Possible: By the Sun But Not So Close


|| February 03: 2018 || ά. Living near a star is a risky business but positioning a spacecraft near the Sun is a very good way to observe rapidly changing solar activity and deliver early warning of possibly harmful space weather. ESA is now looking at doing just that. On most days, our normally calm Sun goes about its business, delivering a steady and predictable amount of heat and light that keeps planet Earth and its humans ticking. But just as the Sun drives weather on Earth, solar activity is responsible for disturbances in our space environment or the space weather.

Besides emitting a continuous stream of electrically charged atomic particles, the Sun, periodically, sneezes out billions of tonnes of material threaded with magnetic fields in colossal-scale ‘coronal mass ejections’. These immense clouds of matter usually miss Earth but if one reaches us it can disrupt Earth’s protective magnetic bubble and upper atmosphere, affecting satellites in orbit, navigation, terrestrial power grids, and data and communication networks, among other effects.vObtaining warnings of such events would be immensely helpful: a recent ESA study estimated the potential impact in Europe from a single, extreme space weather event could be about €15 billion.

As just one example, even, moderate space weather events can affect electrical power grids that supply electricity to homes, hospitals and schools. Improved warning times for larger events would allow grid operators to take measures to protect their networks and ensure continued power delivery.

“One of the best ways to observe rapidly changing solar activity is to position a dedicated spacecraft slightly away from our direct line to the Sun, so that it can observe the ‘side’ of our star before it rotates into view.” says Mr Juha-Pekka Luntama, responsible for space weather at ESA’s mission control centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

One of these, the 5th Lagrange point, lags 60º degrees behind Earth in its orbit, an ideal location for monitoring mass ejections from the ‘side’ so as to give early warning and better estimates of the speed and direction.

“L5 is an excellent spot for a future ESA space weather mission because it gives advance views of what’s happening at the Sun.” says Mr Luntama. “The spacecraft would provide crucial data, that will help us spot Earth-arriving ejections, improve our forecasts of the arrival time at Earth and provide advance knowledge of active regions on the Sun as they rotate into view.”

Today, ESA began studies to examine exactly this concept. Four European industrial and scientific consortiums, including, leading experts on space systems and instrument design will develop concepts for flying a mission to L5.

Based on the results, ESA will select a final design in about 18 months. This space weather mission would provide data for operational applications, such as, forecasts and nowcasts of solar activity.

These are part of ESA’s Space Weather Service Network, which will issue warnings and alerts to scientific, commercial and civil customers when solar activity poses any risk to critical civil and economic activities. ω.

Caption:  Lagrange points: Image: NASA:WMAP Science Team

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Caption: The ExoMars Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System, CaSSIS, captured this view of the rim of Korolev crater, 73.3ºN:165.9ºE, on  April 15, 2018. The image is a composite of three images in different colours that were taken almost simultaneously. They were then assembled to produce this colour view. The original image has a nominal scale of 05.08 m:pixel and was re-projected at a resolution of 04.6 m:pixel to create the final version. The dimensions are, therefore, about 10 x 40 km. The image was taken with a ground-track velocity of 02.90 km:s. The solar incidence angle was 76.6º at a local solar time of 07:14:11. In this orientation, north is off-centre to the upper left. ExoMars images Korolev Crater: Released 26.04.2018: 14:30: Image: ESA:Roscosmos:CaSSIS ::: ω. 

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Eden Eye: Look We Have Got a Visitor


|| October 27: 2017 || ά. A small, recently discovered asteroid or, perhaps, a comet, appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else into our galaxy. If so, it would be the first interstellar object to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. This unusual object, for now designated A2017U1, is less than a quarter-mile or 400 metres in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers are urgently working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analysed, astronomers, may, know more about the origin and, possibly, composition of the object. The NASA's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies:CNEOS team plotted the object's current trajectory and even looked into its future. A2017U1 came from the direction of the constellation Lyra, cruising through interstellar space at a brisk clip of 15.8 miles or 25.5 kilometres per second.

The object approached our solar system from almost directly above the ecliptic, the approximate plane in space, where the planets and most asteroids orbit the Sun, so it did not have any close encounters with the eight major planets during its plunge toward the Sun. On September 02, the small body crossed under the ecliptic plane just inside of Mercury's orbit and then made its closest approach to the Sun on September 09. Pulled by the Sun's gravity, the object made a hairpin turn under our solar system, passing under Earth's orbit on October 14 at a distance of about 15 million miles or 24 million kilometres, about 60 times the distance to the Moon. It has now shot back up above the plane of the planets and travelling at 27 miles per second or 44 kilometre per second with respect to the Sun, the object is speeding toward the constellation Pegasus. 

A2017U1 was discovered October 19 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS One telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth objects for NASA. Dr Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy:IFA, was first to identify the moving object and submit it to the Minor Planet Centre. Dr Weryk subsequently searched the Pan-STARRS image archive and found it, also, was in images taken the previous night, but was not, initially, identified by the moving object processing. Dr Weryk immediately realised that that was an unusual object.

"Its motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit." he said. Dr Weryk contacted IFA graduate Mr Marco Micheli, who had the same realisation, using his own follow-up images, taken at the European Space Agency's telescope on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. ''But with the combined data, everything made sense.'' said Dr Weryk, "This object came from outside our solar system." 

"This is the most extreme orbit I have ever seen." said Mr Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at NASA's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies:CNEOS at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "It is going extremely fast and on such a trajectory that we can say with confidence that this object is on its way out of the solar system and not coming back."

"We have long suspected that these objects should exist, because during the process of planet formation a lot of material should be ejected from planetary systems. What's most surprising is that we've never seen interstellar objects pass through before." said Ms Karen Meech, an astronomer at the IFA, specialising in small bodies and their connection to solar system formation.

The small body has been assigned the temporary designation A2017U1 by the Minor Planet Centre:MPC in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where all observations on small bodies in our solar system and now those just passing through, are collected. "This kind of discovery demonstrates the great scientific value of continual wide-field surveys of the sky, coupled with intensive follow-up observations, to find things we wouldn't otherwise know are there." aid MPC Director Mr Matt Holman,

Since this is the first object of its type ever discovered, rules for naming this type of object will need to be established by the International Astronomical Union. "We have been waiting for this day for decades." said CNEOS Manager Mr Paul Chodas. "It's long been theorised that such objects exist, asteroids or comets moving around between the stars and, occasionally, passing through our solar system but this is the first such detection. So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object, but more data would help to confirm it."

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Roy Gal: University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy: 301-728-8637: roygal at hawaii.edu: 2017-278

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Image: A still, taken from this animation showing the path of A2017U1, which is an asteroid or, perhaps, a comet, as it passed through our inner solar system in September and October 2017. From analysis of its motion, scientists calculate that it, probably, originated from outside of our solar system. NASA:JPL-Caltech

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This Beautiful Piece of Work of Mother Nature Should Be in a Space Museum But Instead It is in an Auction: The Muonionalusta


|| October 21: 2017 || ά. This beautiful piece of work of Mother Nature, and she does not just reside on earth but across the spread of the Universe, from some space and place of that Universe, this space-gift arrived on earth and fell to a town in Pajalam Norrbotten, Sweden, where the meteorite was discovered in the early 20th century. And apparently, it is supposed to be four billion years old. And this beautiful natural object should, one would imagine, be forming part of a natural history museum or space museum exhibits. Instead, it is being auctioned, by Catawaki, which has put it up for bidding, that is going on until 20:00, Sunday, October 22 for a supposed price of £19,000. Now, here is the philosophical paradox: how on earth can we put a 'price' to something, that what no one on earth has created or has anything to do with? Who decided that it is worth £19,000?

How did they arrive at this conclusion that, that what no one can own because simply it does not and can not belong to anyone, has a price and that someone does own it so that that someone is selling it? This piece, should be given to a museum and any money raised should be given to a charity, whoever has been lucky enough to have found it and claimed 'ownership', because no one can own this natural object for it does not and can not belong to anyone. It can not have a price as the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean does not have a price, as the sky does not have a price, as the moon, that appears on our window, has no price for they have 'value', that can not be 'translated' into a 'currency'. Therefore, The Humanion calls on the person:s, who have put this item on auction to return it to a Museum. The meteorite, which was found in Sweden, is probably one of the oldest items ever to have been put on auction. At first sight, the object looks like a large rock, but is in fact, an iron meteorite of the type of octahedral rite, from the world-renowned Muonionalusta meteorites collection.

If, one has £19,000 to spare, than one can bid for it today, on online auction house Catawiki. "Holding this kind of auction is great fun for Catawiki. The meteorite is, after all, a bit of Swedish space history. The question is, whether the person, who buys it is from Sweden or whether the meteorite will have to be transported to somewhere else in the world." says Mr Claes Hain, Country Manager for Catawiki in the Nordic region. 

Other existing meteorites are housed in well-known museums around the world, but few of these are as large and expensive as the heavyweight going under the hammer. The meteorite weighs a full 26.5 kilos and, besides, the rarity of item itself, the buyer, also, receives a certificate that guarantees the authenticity. 

The auction ends this Sunday at 20:00 and the item can be viewed on the Catawaki website.

Well, every day hundreds of tons of matter fall to the earth, but meteorites land in Sweden once every two years. Witnessing a meteorite fall is incredibly rare, annually only three-four occasions are reported around the world. The prices of meteorites vary depending on size and variety, but overall, the space stones are considered a good investment.

Among the more expensive, the price per gram is estimated to be as much as 40 times more than the corresponding price of gold. But what the people conversant with putting a 'price' to everything are not mindful of is this: that there are much more 'valuable' things on heaven and earth than gold, diamond and any other jewels: humanity. ω.

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