Back in February, Lego revealed it would be turning Maia Weinstock's Women of NASA Lego Ideas submission into an official set, and this morning we have our first look at the production versions of the tiny dioramas and minifigures that will be available starting on November 1 for $US25. You may notice one rather major heroine is missing.
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Astronomy has entered a new era, one where light and gravity both play a role in understanding the Universe's craziest phenomena. On August 17, 2017, over 70 observatories around (and above) the world, including ones like LIGO and the Hubble Space Telescope, all spotted a flash of energy. This light came in many different flavours, and was consistent with a pair of dense neutron stars colliding in a cataclysmic "kilonova" explosion.
Early tomorrow, a small asteroid will zip past Earth well inside the Moon's orbit. NASA says poses no threat, but astronomers around the world will use the opportunity to test the international community's ability to detect and track potentially dangerous objects.
Everyone might be talking about Elon Musk's plans to get humans to Mars, but SpaceX wasn't the only organisation shooting for the moon. Well, past the moon. Lockheed Martin revealed last week that it's helping NASA reach the red planet too, showing off its Mars Base Camp orbiter that aims to "land humans on the surface in the 2030s".
NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is hurtling through the void in order to link up with an asteroid named Bennu in 2018. While the intrepid spacecraft still has a way to go until its big rendezvous, it recently flew by Earth. It posed no immediate danger to our planet, but if you had a good telescope with a camera, you might have been able to snap a pic!
Over the past few days, NASA's Curiosity rover has been making a steady climb towards a strange Martian ridge that's captivated scientists since before the mission even started. Known as Vera Ridge after the pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin, the durable outcrop could shed new light on the environment and potential habitability of ancient Mars. Although the climb has proven a challenging one, Curiosity has managed to capture some spectacular photos along the way.
Space has a funny way of making us feel both incredibly small yet infinitely lucky for being part of such a vast cosmic sorority. Of course, humans have barely scratched the surface of the final frontier -- we've never even sent people beyond the Moon. While many uncrewed spacecraft have done an incredible job of revealing our solar neighbourhood to us, honestly, none did it better than NASA's Cassini probe. After exploring Saturn for 13 years, on September 15 at 9:55PM AEST, the probe will plunge itself into the planet's atmosphere, becoming one with the very object of its fascination.
The end is nigh for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the intrepid probe that's been studying the Saturn system for the last 13 years. On Friday, September 15, Cassini will plunge itself into Saturn's atmosphere with its antenna pointed toward Earth, becoming part of the place it's called home all these years.
Image Cache: The universe is very good at making us feel both extremely insignificant and lucky enough to be part of something huge. No missions have made this clearer than NASA's Voyager spacecraft, which have been exploring the cosmos for 40 years. Yesterday, Voyager 1 officially turned the big 4-0, which it celebrated by cruising through interstellar space.
The US Air Force's secretive X-37B spaceplane returned to Earth back in May after a mysterious two years in orbit. Nobody knows what it was doing up there, since the mission is highly classified, but it's heading back into orbit in just a couple of days. And this time it's getting a little help from SpaceX.
Image Cache: As Cassini's tour of Saturn comes to a close, NASA's getting a bit nostalgic. This week, the space agency released a photo of Saturn's North pole the doomed spacecraft took on April 26 -- the day it started its Grand Finale. It's almost poetic to have a photo of Cassini staring into the void before it perishes within it.