Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

What is that thing on Charon? Close up photos of Pluto and moon Charon.

Etched by canyons, crinkled by mountains, and cleansed of craters, the surface of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, are unexpectedly dynamic, according to the first high-resolution images downloaded by … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

NASA ‘Flying Saucer’ Launch Delayed by Rough Seas, Next Try Wednesday

  … NASA’s “flying saucer” for Mars landings, officially known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD, is an inflatable decelerator and parachute to test technologies that could one day allow … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

NASA captures best photo yet of strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres

   NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has done it again. The prolific probe has captured its best image yet of the strange bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. This photo is … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rocket men: Two start year long space mission

   The one-year International Space Station mission successfully launched to orbit today (March 27). Read the full story here – Liftoff! US, Russia Launch Historic One-Year Space Mission An epic and … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mysterious orange flash lights up Russian night sky

This is the mysterious moment that a huge orange flash illuminated the night sky in a remote area of Russia – and no-one knows what caused it. An explosion was … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

NASA open sources more than 1,000 computer codes in bid to spark innovation

In an effort to spur innovation inside and outside the space industry, NASA is releasing more than 1,000 of its computer codes to the public Thursday through a new open-access … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

NASA’s Hubble extends stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away — 10 times farther than previously possible. Astronomers have developed yet … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment
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