Four New Planets Found… In the Same Star System
The Kepler spacecraft has been finding planets all over the place during its K2 mission. To date, it has found 104 confirmed planets among 197 star systems surveyed. Yesterday, NASA announced four more planetary finds, […]
Without a Doubt, the Coolest Planet Ever
It’s hard to imagine that at one time scientists were unsure whether planets even existed outside out solar system. Now, it seems like lately there is a new planet discovered every week – it’s almost become […]
What Do a Fly, Juno, Jupiter, and a Basketball Have in Common?
With all the hype around Juno’s rendezvous with Jupiter, many lose sight of exactly how great a feat it was. I’m a fan of putting things into perspective, and if any story deserves perspective, it’s […]
New Author Facebook Page and Web Site
After getting some feedback from fans and friends, I’ve decided to begin splitting my author and related activities away from Tek22 to get things a little better organized. Tek22 has been growing and getting more […]
A New Visitor for Jupiter – If it Can Slow Down Enough
UPDATE: Juno successfully entered orbit around Jupiter at 11:53 PM EDT on July 4th. Jupiter is about to have a new friend. After a five year journey, the Juno spacecraft will enter Jupiter’s orbit late […]
It’s Asteroid Day – And Hubble Has Some Presents for Us
Today is Asteroid Day, and the Hubble Space Telescope has given us some very nice images to commemorate it. Starting with this one: Hubble has great abilities to look into the ultraviolet wavelengths. That allows […]
NASA’s New Launch System Closer to Launch
NASA has a new launch vehicle in the works. The Space Launch System (SLS) is a super-heavy launch system that will carry primary components of NASA’s larger missions into orbit, including astronauts and hardware for a […]
Let’s Hear it for Space Tourism!
On Sunday this week, space start up Blue Origin continued its string of successes by launching its fourth New Shepard rocket, and landing the main section safely back on Earth. This time the rocket carried […]
You’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things
One of Saturn’s rings is broken and it’s all Prometheus’ fault – at least so scientists think. The Cassini spacecraft captured this picture of something disrupting the planet’s thin, delicate “F” ring. This type of […]
The First Operational Inflatable Spacecraft is Working!
Last week, NASA inflated the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) that was flown to the International Space Station on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 8th. After an aborted attempt to inflate it […]