Summer can bring with it a whirlwind of activity. Hurricane season causes potential havoc on land with threats of forceful winds and torrential rainfall. A helpful set of eyes mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) allows scientists to observe these massive storms from a special angle -- 51.6 degrees to be exact.
That is the inclination of the space station’s orbit around Earth.
It’s thought that standing near a cow for any period of time will reveal that … methane stinks.
While methane is actually odorless and colorless, to many researchers, methane is sweet. To exobiologists, it is the aroma of life. To planetary scientists, it is a greenhouse gas and a key ingredient of atmospheres on a variety of worlds. On Mars, it is a scientific bonanza.
NASA is launching a spacecraft to visit an asteroid… and return to tell the tale.
OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral on September 8, 2016, on a mission to orbit, map and collect samples from the asteroid Bennu, and return to Earth 7 years later.
Discovered in 1999 by the NASA-funded LINEAR asteroid survey, Bennu measures about 1650 feet across and weighs over 60 million tons. Imagine a boulder the height of the Empire State Building—that’s about the size of Bennu.