Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

Later this month it will be the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Interstellar Mission launch. Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched in August 1977 to take advantage of a favourable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft – sent in opposite directions – have been exploring interstellar space ever since. Voyager 1 and 2 have explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; 48 of their moons; and the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess. By the time of the anniversary, Voyager 1 will have traveled … Continue reading Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide erupting in plumes of vapour from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. These are the critical organic chemical ingredients that sustain microbial life in extreme environments on Earth. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

#Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft is bound for a Fourth of July encounter with the planet Jupiter, in the latest quest to study how the largest planet in the solar system formed and evolved. The billion-dollar solar-powered probe, launched from Earth nearly five years ago, will spend 20 months in polar orbit around the gas giant. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

  A nice Friday afternoon infographic supplied by our friends at Media works and Global Navigation Solutions, illustrating the connectivity woes of sailors at sea. All you land-lovers should feel thankful you are never far from a reliable WiFi signal, some people aren’t so lucky. Using findings from the 2015 Crew Connectivity Survey and information from NASA and The Atlantic, the piece details just how well connected sailors are – the answer being a resounding ‘not very’. Continue reading Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

Good news if #TheMartian gets thirsty – Nasa discovers water flowing on Mars – an annotated infographic

Intriguing images from Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest that water may still run across the surface of Mars from time to time. MRO instruments have detected hydrated perchlorate salts, with water molecules bound to the crystal structure of salt. Microbes on Earth use perchlorates as an energy source. OK, it’s hardly the Martian Evian bottling plant, but it’s intriguing news nonetheless. We here at E&T Towers eagerly await the discovery over the next crater of the Martian Log Flume and Super Happy Fun Water Slides. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Good news if #TheMartian gets thirsty – Nasa discovers water flowing on Mars – an annotated infographic

#NewHorizons probe pings back first pics of Pluto – an annotated infographic

After nine years and a journey of 5 billion kilometres, NASA’s New Horizons probe is to become the first spacecraft to visit the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The piano-sized craft will also study the Kuiper Belt, the mysterious zone believed to contain materials formed at the birth of the solar system. E&T news has previously reported on New Horizons’ computer glitches and Nasa’s tweaks to guide the craft on its Pluto approach. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #NewHorizons probe pings back first pics of Pluto – an annotated infographic

#ISS supply ship options as #Nasa extends use of private contractors – an annotated infographic

We’ve all been there. The delivery man says he’s going to call on a given day at a given time, so you sit waiting at home. He never shows up and now you’ve got no stuff and you’ve lost a day of your life. Such is life on board the International Space Station (ISS) of late, with our brave space dudes awaiting a delivery of fresh supplies, only to hear that the spacecraft carrying it all exploded shortly after launch. Yodel might be one of the most unreliable courier firms on Earth, but as far as we know its lorries … Continue reading #ISS supply ship options as #Nasa extends use of private contractors – an annotated infographic