Google+ SpaceTravelFoundation: 2013-05-26

May 31, 2013

Cassini finds activities on the Saturn's moon, Dione

Dear followers,

The +NASA Cassini spacecraft which explores activities on Dione since 2004 has found some interesting data. The following picture, obtained from Cassini, shows the topography of a mountain known as Janiculum Dorsa on the Saturn's moon, Dione

Credit: +NASA 

Scientists have found more evidence for the idea that Dione was likely active in the past. It could still be active now.
Actually, "A picture is emerging that suggests Dione could be a fossil of the wondrous activity Cassini discovered spraying from Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus or perhaps a weaker copycat Enceladus," said Bonnie Buratti of +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who manages the Cassini science team that studies icy satellites. The presence of a subsurface ocean on Dione would boost the astrobiological potential of this once-boring iceball.
Many other little moons in our solar system thought to have a subsurface ocean, such Saturn's moons Enceladus and Titan and Jupiter's moon Europa which are among the most geologically active worlds in our solar system.

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May 30, 2013

9 Months for Curiosity on Mars in 1 minute

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today, I would talk to you about Curiosity, the +NASA rover launched in November 2011 from Earth and landed on Mars in August 2012, yes, 9 months ago !! it's a very long time. After some troubles few weeks ago, and a cut of communications, the Curiosity rover is still working and sending interesting data by exploring the Mars surface.
Today, I would propose you a time lapse video of the 9 months of Curiosity rover summarized in 1 minutes. This work has been performed using data from +NASA and +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Credit: Karl Sanford

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May 29, 2013

Docking to ISS and welcome onboard to Soyuz crew !

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after the successful of lift-off of the Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazacktsan yesterday night, the docking was performed with success and the three member of the crew in now on-board.
You can watch the docking and the hatch opening to the International Space Station on the following video:

It's good to know them safe and on-board ISS, while the sensor trouble revealed in our previous postEnjoy this video! It's just awesome !!!

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May 28, 2013

Successful Soyuz launches with the new crew for Space station

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as we proposed you fews hours ago, you should watch in live the successful launch of Soyuz which carry on the US astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and European Space Agency astronaut +Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station.
If you miss this great event we propose you this video of the take-off !
Enjoy !!!

They will join Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of +NASA and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who have been onboard the station since March.

Take-off of Soyuz in 3h30 !! Live video here

Dear followers,

tonight at 9:30 CEST, 10:30 GMT the spacecraft Soyuz will takes off and carry on three astronauts to ISS as we explained you this morning.

You could follow the takeoff in live with this link provided by +European Space Agency, ESA 

Enjoy the take-off !!! It will be awesome !!!

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Soyuz takeoff in few hours, the crew is ready: Video !

Dear followers,

we said you yesterday that the preps have start for the final launch of the Soyuz to the International Space Station.

+NASA has proposed to us the video of the crew preps with the Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency, Karen Nyberg from +NASA and +Luca Parmitano from +European Space Agency, ESA . 
The spacecraft will takeoff from Baikonur, Kazakhstan around 10:00 pm GMT. This post will be updated with the live streaming of the takeoff, so stay tune.

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Conjunction of triple planets : Jupiter, Venus and Mercury

Dear follower,

yesterday night, a rare spectacular event happened: people all around the word could see 3 planets in the sky in same time: Jupiter, Venus and Mercury.

This kind of event is very rare; actually the last time it happened was in May 2011 and it won't happen again until October 2015.
For people who could not see it I will propose you some picture taken by fans and a video:

Credits: Chri Schur

Credits: Thierry Legault

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May 27, 2013

Volare mission to ISS

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next week, we said you that the incoming month will be strongly busy by many launch and docking on ISS. Today, the processes of launch of  the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station have started from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan as shown in the picture. The expedition 36/37 Soyuz will bring the Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the flight Engineers +Luca Parmitano of the +European Space Agency, ESA , and Karen Nyberg of +NASA .

Credits: NASA, B. Ingalls

The three cosmonauts, Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November and eat great food in the space station ! ;)

We will propose more news and details soon so stay tune.

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