Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturn's Sponge

Saturn's moon Hyperion.
Image Cassini APOD
Another Space Theology bookmark Spectacular Cassini image of Hyperion APOD.

Wildly rotating and only 250 kilometers in diameter Hyperion may be full of cavities, a true space sponge!
An image from the 2005 pass, shown above in false color, shows a remarkable world strewn with strange craters and a generally odd surface... and has a density so low that it might house a vast system of caverns inside.
from text in APOD

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

China's Shenzhou-10 mission successful

Image BBC News

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Three astronauts who completed China's longest manned space mission returned to Earth safely Wednesday morning, marking another step forward towards the country's goal of building a permanent manned space station by 2020.

Zhang Youxia, commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, said the Shenzhou-10 mission was a "complete success".

The reentry module of Shenzhou-10 landed safely on a sun-lit prairie in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at about 8:07 a.m. Wednesday. All three astronauts were in good physical condition.

Nie Haisheng, commander of the Shenzhou-10 crew and a second-time space traveler, was the first to emerge out of the bowl-like module, followed by Wang Yaping, the only female astronaut of the mission, and Zhang Xiaoguang.

During a brief welcoming ceremony held at the landing area, the astronauts waved merrily to a crowd composed of military officers, the search and recovery team, and health personnel...
Read the entire article from Xinhua News 26.6. 2013

As they say in Chinese 祝賀您 !!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Farewell to Herschel

Another Space Theology bookmark - Jonathan Amos' fine farewell article to Herschel in BBC Science.

Herschel engines were shut down 12:25 GMT June 17, 2013.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy 18th Birthday, APOD!

I am so thankful that you exist!

Click here for the APOD birthday page

Monday, June 10, 2013