“A private space telescope mission that aims to discover 500,000 near-Earth asteroids is technically sound and on track for a 2017 launch, a review panel says.
The mission design and implementation plans for the Sentinel Space Telescope — which is being put together by the nonprofit B612 Foundation and its partner Ball Aerospace — are solid, according to the panel, which is called the Sentinel Special Review Team.”
This I found on Tom’s Astronomy blog. Got to love the image. Saturn has so many moons it is hard to keep track of them all. What I like about this image is its clarity, the patterning on the moons surface and the light and shadow effects.
Centauri Dreams is reporting on a hyperactive comet. Comet off gasings occurs as comets move toward the sun. As the various volatiles are heated by the sun energy they move from a frozen state to a gaseous state. Sometimes the off gasings can be quite energetic. This article looks at the comet Hartley 2 an provide analysis of the results of the flyby which occurred last fall. The results come from a paper published in journal Science.
Okay I’m not posting the 3D pictures here, but if you click on the image it will take you to the Universe Today website which will have the full story and the images provided by NASA. I don’t have 3D glasses yet so I can not really enjoy the pictures anyways.
I’m adding this because it has a Canadian connection. Apparently there is a new spin on the idea of pansermia called Necropansermia and its author is Paul Wesson of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics