Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chelyabinsk Bolide 5th Anniversary

Hey Space Placers!

Artist's Illustration of Chelyabinsk Bolide
NASA
Interior of Chelyabinsk Meteorite

5 years ago today was the Chelyabinsk Bolide.

It will happen again.

Sky Guy in VA


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day From Pluto/NASA/Voyager 1

Hey Space Placers!

NASA 360

Also on this date in 1990 Voyager 1 took a pic of Earth - the famous "Pale Blue Dot" photo.

Get more space based Valentine Day greetings from NASA here.

May this be a day of peace and love for you and yours.......

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

WHOA>>>>PIECE OF MARS GOING TO, WELL, MARS!!!!!!

Hey Space Placers!

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. This slice will likely be used here on Earth for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020 rover.
Martian Meteorite SAU 0008 To Return Home
NASA-JPL
Is this cool or what?

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover is going to take a piece of Mars - a slice of a Martian Meteorite called SAU 0008 - BACK TO MARS!

This is a space first as we have pieces of the asteroid belt, the Moon and Mars in the 57,395 catalogued meteorites (space rocks) that have been found on Earth as of Feb. 9, 2018. Oh, and we have discovered FIVE meteorites on MARS using our rovers on the Red Planet.

The returned Mars space rock will be used to help calibrate the laser on the Mars Rover 2020 and help it prepare for examining other Mars rocks.

What a mission!

Sky Guy in VA




Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tesla Starman

Hey Space Placers!

In case you haven't seen the video yet, here it is of Elon Musk's 2008 Red (I call it Mars Red) Tesla Roadster with Starman the Mannequin in space! The views of Earth are lovely and it is just so, well, SCI-FI!



Here is a great background article from the good folks at Earth-Sky on where Starman is headed.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, February 9, 2018

AstrOlympics

Hey Space Placers!

Home from 18 days at sea and I sorry that I could not blog on ship :-(

Jet lagged as I am BACK......

Check out this UBER-COOL website from NASA that has science concepts related to the Olympic winter sports.....I mean this is REALLY cool and a great reference for students, teachers and the general public.

Girl Ice Skating
NASA

Sky Guy BACK in VA