Here is a video showing known positions of asteroids and other objects in the inner solar system. Knowing what we know now today in 2014, it almost makes you wish we didn’t know this much. The more the technology advances that is used to track these objects, the many more objects that are found. And apparently, this is only 1% of the total number of objects…
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NASA has released an update to the Hubble ultra deep field image, something they do around once every couple of years or so. The images are spectacular views into the deepest realms of space. While I find these images absolutely amazing, what will really knock our socks off is the ultra deep field images that will be taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, currently set for launch in October of 2018. Webb’s images will probably make Hubble’s images look puny in comparison.
So far, the only countries to send probes to other planets and moons in our solar system has been the United States and Russia (Soviet Union) and more recently India. During that time, hundreds of probes have visited the far reaches of our solar system and on July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will reach Pluto and move on to the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto’s orbit. To chart the history of planetary science, this fantastic visualization of all the space probe missions sent to planets and moons in our solar system was created by National Geographic. We have sent 72 probes to the moon, 38 to Mars, and probes to 8 of the “original” 9 planets, with New Horizons making that 9 next year.
When I was in college, NASA TV was sometimes aired on the local access channel. When the Space Shuttle went up for a mission, the live camera outside the Shuttle was left on for viewers to watch late into the night. It was rather soothing to fall asleep with the TV on and the Earth just rolling by. Now with the Shuttle program retired, the torch has been passed to the International Space Station, only this time with HD cameras. Enjoy the view!
A year before the release of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and three years before the first Apollo lunar landing in 1969, director Stanley Kubrick was filming his movie at MGM studios in England. This short documentary spoke with the people who helped Kubrick envision the future for his film whether it be for art design, interior design, clothing and more. In hindsight, it shows the rather naive and utopian vision some people had for the future. While some technologies did, for the most part, come true by 2001, other predictions fell flat, perhaps not for lack of trying.
It’s interesting that in 1967, visions of communication, be it by sending of messages or by video, all rotated around a typewriter, such as the one seen in the suitcase near the beginning of the film.