Die Erde zwischen den Ringen des Saturn

Ein Blick durch die Ringe des Saturn auf unser Mutterschiff. Das Foto wurde von der Cassini-Sonde aus 1,4 Milliarden Kilometern Entfernung zur Erde aufgenommen. Wer ins Bild reinzoomt kann sogar den Mond erkennen.

The spacecraft captured the view on April 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. PDT (1:41 a.m. EDT on April 13). Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken. Although far too small to be visible in the image, the part of Earth facing Cassini at the time was the southern Atlantic Ocean.

(via PetaPixel)

Women of NASA LEGO-Minifig-Set wird realisiert


LEGO Ideas hat das geniale Women of NASA Lego-Minifig-Set von Maia Weinstock durchgewunken, das fünf Pionierinnen der westlichen Raumfahrt feiert. Dauert aber noch ein paar Monate, bis ihr euch das ins Regal oder Kinderzimmer stellen könnt. Ich gebe dann nochmal Bescheid.

A big congratulations to 20tauri on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer! As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstock’s Women of NASA project was a way for her to celebrate accomplished women in the STEM professions. In particular those who’ve made a big impact through their work at NASA.

We’re really excited to be able to introduce Maia’s Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience. We’re still working out the final product design, pricing and availably for the Women of NASA set, so check back on LEGO Ideas in late 2017 or early 2018 for more details.

(via @LegoNASAWomen)

Exoplanet Reise-Poster für Trappist 1


Ihr habt sicher mitbekommen: Astronomen haben sieben Exoplaneten entdeckt, die „nur“ 40 Lichtjahre (wieviele Katzen- bzw. Hundelichtjahre das wohl sind?) von der Erde entfernt um den Zwergstern Trappist-1 kreisen. Drei davon liegen in der habitablen Zone, einer Umlaufbahn, auf der erdähnliches Leben existieren könnte. In Tradition ihrer feinen Space-Travel-Poster (hier Teil 1 & Teil 2) hat die NASA gleich eins für Trappist 1 gepostet (hier in HighRes runterladen). Ich buch dann mal meinen Sommerurlaub…

Some 40 light-years from Earth, a planet called TRAPPIST-1e offers a heart-stopping view: brilliant objects in a red sky, looming like larger and smaller versions of our own moon. But these are no moons. They are other Earth-sized planets in a spectacular planetary system outside our own. These seven rocky worlds huddle around their small, dim, red star, like a family around a campfire. Any of them could harbor liquid water, but the planet shown here, fourth from the TRAPPIST-1 star, is in the habitable zone, the area around the star where liquid water is most likely to be detected. This system was revealed by the TRansiting Planets and PlanetIsmals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The planets are also excellent targets for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Take a planet-hopping excursion through the TRAPPIST-1 system.

LEGO Women of NASA Minifigs


Bei Lego Ideas steht mit Women of NASA ein Minifig-Set zur Wahl, das fünf Pionierinnen der westlichen Raumfahrt-Geschichte feiert. Nicht nur für (Lego-) Space-Fans interessant:


Ladies rock outer space! Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program, a.k.a. NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This proposed set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM. The five Women of NASA are:

Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: While working at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: A longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.

Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: One of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the „Mother of Hubble“ for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.



Foto: Maia Weinstock unter (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Foto: Maia Weinstock unter (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)




(quasi via durch das Foto bei Daniel)

Der Discman als nützliches Werkzeug im Weltraum

spacediscman_1Ihr habt (wie ich) noch einen Discman rumliegen und wisst nicht, was ihr mit dem obsoleten Stück Technik anfangen sollt? Auf keinen Fall wegwerfen, er könnte euch bei eurem nächsten Weltraum-Trip nützliche Dienste erweisen. Am besten gleich ein paar mehr einpacken. Und vor allem: Kopfhörer nicht nicht vergessen!

Direktlink: Gyroscopic Platform in Microgravity (via Fernsehersatz)

Die NASA als Reisebüro (Teil 2): Travel Posters of Fantastic Excursions

Travel Posters of Fantastic Excursions
Die NASA spielt wieder Reisebüro:

What would the future look like if people were regularly visiting to other planets and moons? These travel posters give a glimpse into that imaginative future. Take a look and choose your destination…

Alle Reise-Poster könnt ihr hier in HighRes runterladen. Wer für die interplanetarische Urlaubsplanung noch ein paar Reise-Infos braucht, findet die im NASA-Tumblr.

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