Category: Space

Captain Kirk Boldly Goes …

Captains Log 13102021, Blue Origin successfully completed its second human flight into space on board the New Shepard spacecraft on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The flight included astronauts, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner. Star Treks Captain Kirk, “To boldly go where no man has gone before“, a.k.a. 90-year-old William […]

Blue Origin First Passenger Flight to Space

Jeff Bezos successfully competed a flight into space on 20 July 2021 aboard the rocket New Shepard, produced by his company Blue Origin, together with 3 other passengers Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen. They all became astronauts officially when they passed the Kármán Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space. The flight lasted […]

Getting ready for takeoff

The Mars helicopter, Ingenuity is being readied for its first flight. The target date will be “from 8 Apr 2021” for Ingenuity to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft can attempt its first flight, however, both it and its team must meet […]

Pictures from Mars – 001

Recently pictures released by NASA from the Mission 2020 to Mars. All images are from https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/ and are made available by NASA/JPL-Caltech Part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot. One of the six […]

Perseverance lands successfully on Mars

Nasa’s Mars Perseverance Rover has landed safely on the surface of Mars at Jezero Crater after a 203-day journey travelling 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST). The first images were […]

Tianwen 1 – Mars Mission

China’s Tianwen 1 unmanned spacecraft is set to enter an orbit around Mars on Wednesday 10 February 2021 following its successful launch on 23 July 2020 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province. It is the second of 3 separate missions to reach Mars (by UAE, China and USA) which launched in July […]

UAE – Hope Probe

It’s getting crowded at Mars! There are currently 3 active missions to Mars and the first has arrived. The Hope Probe, Tianwen-1 and Mars 2020, all launched in July 2020 when the Earth and Mars were especially close to one another, to reduce travel time to the Red Planet by about two months. Emirates Mars […]

Mars 2020 – 2 weeks to landing

Perseverance is due to touch down on Mars in two weeks time, Thursday 18 February 2021, at approximately 20:55 GMT. It has travelled around 275,800,000 miles so far and there are around 16,670,000 miles remaining to reach Mars at a speed of 48,795 mph. https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/cruise/ The rover will begin its descent towards the surface at […]

Mars 2020 – Progress

Mars 2020 is a NASA mission to Mars which launched from Earth on 30 July 2020 at 12:50 GMT and is due to land on Mars on 18 Feb 2021 at the Jezero Crater. https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/overview/ The spacecraft is carrying the Perseverance rover which will land on the surface of Mars. The Perseverance rover will seek […]