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Inroduction to the solar system

Current status of the deep space network

Solar System Guide

The Solar System. Image Credit: NASA

Get ready for an intergalactic (ok, maybe intragalactic) adventure! Pop Chart Lab has distilled more than half a century of space travel into a beautiful print. The Chart of Cosmic Exploration features hand-illustrated renderings of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever successfully slip the surly bonds of Earth's orbit. Plus all of our pretty-cool planets in our pretty-great Solar System. Details - Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches (60.96 x 91.44 cm) - Each poster comes packaged in a Pop Chart Lab Test Tube - 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council - Poster is pressed in Long Island City with vegetable-based inks About Pop Chart Lab In 2010, a book editor and a graphic designer joined forces with one modest goal: to render all of human experience in chart form. They went on to amass no small renown (that is, a ton of renown) for their infographical treatments of the varieties of beer, the full array of culinary tools, a taxonomy of hip-hop, and dozens more mappings of cultural touchstones. Now, with a small team of researchers, designers, and soldiers, Pop Chart Lab continues to assemble, sift, cull, and arrange massive amounts of cultural data into meaningful works of art and information.

The Major Planets of Our Solar System

Information on the solar system from space facts.com

The Solar System to scale

The earth Venus orbital symmetery

as seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times!
Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!
Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34.. So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they
create Fibonacci symmetries?! You bet!!

Planetary orbits in the Fourth Dimension

You probably that planets go around the sun in elliptical orbits. But do you know why?
In fact, they’re moving in circles in 4 dimensions. But when these circles are projected down to 3-dimenisons

The Solar System In HD


Click Here The Solar System Digest!

Cool action Solar System Action

This animation shows the path of A/2017 U1, which is an asteroid — or perhaps a comet — as it passed through our inner solar system in September and October 2017. From analysis of its motion, scientists calculate that it probably originated from outside our Solar System. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Thus a nightly search for near-Earth objects may have uncovered an object whose origins lie much further away. A/2017 U1 is about 400 meters in diameter and on a highly unusual trajectory, one that fits neither an asteroid or comet from our own Solar System. Davide Farnocchia (JPL) is a scientist at NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS):

NASA IS PLANNING TO TEST PULSARS AS COSMIC NAVIGATION BEACONS

SEXTANT will demonstrate a GPS-like absolute position determination capability by observing millisecond pulsars. Credit: NASA

This image shows the configuration of NICER’s 56 X-ray mirrors that will gather scientific observations and play an instrumental role in demonstration X-ray navigation. Credits: NASA

The NICER payload, shown here on the outside of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Unlocking Secrets of Neutron Stars with NICER

Published on May 26, 2017 Though we know neutron stars are small and extremely dense, there are still many aspects of these remnants of explosive deaths of other stars that we have yet tounderstand. NICER, a facility to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station, seeks to find the answers to some of the questions still being asked about neutron stars. By capturing the arrival time and energy of the x-ray photons produced by pulsars emitted by neutron stars, NICER seeks answer decades-old questions about extreme forms of matter and energy. Data from NICER will also be used in Sextant, an on-board demonstration of pulsar-based navigation. For more information: Research Overview on nasa.gov on Twitter. HD download link: Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License


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Inroduction to the solar system

NASA Space Sounds

Uploaded on Feb 10, 2010 NASA Space Sounds - Information about the recordings and sample sounds of the planets,
moons and rings of planets in our Solar System.
[Note: both Song of Earth and Voice of Earth are man made compositions of the original Earth recordings.]
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Chariklo, the largest known centaur object, orbiting in a region between Saturn and Uranus

SETI Institute
The Lords of the Rings among centaurs


Chariklo, the largest known centaur object, orbiting in a region between Saturn and Uranus,
is a very intriguing celestial body that surprised astronomers last year.
This remote minor planet has unveiled the existence of its rings during a stellar occultation,
when it passed in front of a star UCAC4 248-108672.
The discovery was surprising because it had been thought that rings could only be stable around much more massive bodies.
Having in mind Chariklo's relative small mass, the rings should disperse over a period of at most a few million years,
so the scientists conclude that either they are very young, or they are actively contained by shepherd moons with a
mass comparable to that of the rings. Image credit: ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger "Read more

Artist’s impression of rings around the Centaur Chariklo, the first asteroid where rings were discovered.
Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger

Artist’s impression of Chiron, showing a possible ring system. Credit:

Due to their dual nature, the name Centaur has stuck when referring to objects that act as both comets and asteroids.
Credit: Further Reading:

WHAT CAUSED THE KUIPER BELT TO GET WARPED?


A planetary mass object the size of Mars would be sufficient to produce the observed perturbations in the distant Kuiper Belt. Credit: (Image: Heather Roper/LPL)

Artist’s impression of the yet-to-be-discovered “planetary mass object”, who’s existence has been theorized based on the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects. Credit: Heather Roper/LPL

Animated diagram showing the spacing of the Solar Systems planet’s, the unusually closely spaced orbits of six of the most distant KBOs, and the possible “Planet 9”. Credit: Caltech/nagualdesign

Artist’s impression of Planet Nine, blocking out the Milky Way. The Sun is in the distance, with the orbit of Neptune shown as a ring. Credit: ESO/Tomruen/nagualdesign

LSST: Constructing a New Era in Astronomy


Published on May 2, 2017 Fly over the summit of Cerro Pachón in Chile with us and see how quickly LSST is becoming a reality! This video documents the progress of construction so far, dramatically capturing the scale and complexity of the ongoing project. A multimedia team was contracted to document the project via drone film footage, time-lapse sequences, panorama images, and full dome clips. This LSST blog post describes the details of the film crew's March 2017 visit to the construction site: Music licensed from Extreme Music Use policy Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License



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Settlement proposals for the solar system

The VONA Space Settlement Proposal


Published on Jun 5, 2014 VONA is a space settlement design that tied for Grand Prize in the 2014 NASA-NSS Space Settlement Design Contest. VONA was created by was created by a team of 6 students (grade 10): Aditya P. S., Amareen S., Hatinderpal Singh G., Hetarth C., Karan C., and Prajjwal M.; under the instruction of Mr. Emmanuel R. (Apeejay School), from Jalandhar, Punjab, India. Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License

The O'neil Space Settlement Proposal


Forget the flying cars and robot maids, we’re just a few precious generations away from ditching this hunk
of space rock called Earth and living among the stars. The dream of off-world living is thanks, in large part,
to a single Princeton physics professor who not only envisioned a new path for humanity but nearly convinced Congress to
go along with it. Piers Biznoy explains just how close we came to building orbital habitats in the 1980s in his new book New Space Frontiers.


O'Neil cylinder proposals



The Space Habitat proposal


Habitat Fly-thru


Uploaded on Aug 15, 2009 Description: A one-minute/one-revolution fly-through of the Habitat.

SPACE HABITAT


SPACE HABITAT - 2


3 Types of Space Colonies: NASA Settlements and Space Travel For The Future Of Humanity! New Earths!


Published on May 22, 2014 "A billion years ago there was no life on land. In a phenomenal development, by 400 million years ago, land life was well established. We are at the very beginning of a similar, perhaps even more important, development. Today Earth teems with life, but as far as we know, in the vast reaches of space there are only a handful of astronauts, a few plants and animals, and some bacteria and fungi... mostly on the International Space Station." NASA has designed at least three Space Colonies for Interstellar travel that are capable of sustaining many generations of humanity for the long periods of time it would take to physically transport humans from one star system to another! All pictures are from NASA and are public domain except for: 428px-White_House_position_on_ET which is from the Wikimedia Commons. SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! Thanks to all my subscribed Fans! You are keeping FringeBingeTV alive! Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License

ESA PLANNING TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE… ON THE MOON! 2 Mar , 2016 by Matt Williams


The ESA recently elaborated its plan to create a Moon base by the 2030s.
Credit: Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the European Space Agency to explore
the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations.
Credit: ESA/Foster + Partners

NASA picks 6 companies to develop prototype space habitats August 12, 2016 William Harwood


Artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin-built habitation system with the Orion capsule.
Credit: Lockheed Martin NASA has selected six companies to work on designs for deep space habitat modules that could be used by
astronauts living and working near the moon as technology is developed for eventual flights to Mars, the agency announced Tuesday.(august 9, 2016)
NASA already is developing the Space Launch System heavy-lift booster and the Orion capsule that will carry crews to low-Earth orbit and beyond.
But Orion is far too small to support crews for long stays in so-called cislunar space or multi-year round-trip flights to and from Mars.

Exterior view of a Stanford torus. Bottom center is the non-rotating primary solar mirror,
which reflects sunlight onto the angled ring of secondary mirrors around the hub.
Painting by Donald E. Davis By Donald Davis - NASA Ames Research Centerhttp://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/70sArtHiRes/70sArt/art.htmlDescription and public domain image at artist's web sitehttp://www.donaldedavis.com/PARTS/allyours.html, Public Domain, Link

KALPANA ONE TOUR


Kalpana One tour from Bryan Versteeg Studios Inc. on Vimeo.

With a radius of 250m and a depth of 325m, Kalpana One would spin at a rate of 2 revolutions per minute to give the feeling of one earth gravity on the level where everyone will live. This means that people could live long and healthy lives while their bones and muscles would develop as they would on earth. This example layout of the settlement shows all of the luxuries and recreation of a small town.

THE FUTURE OF SPACE COLONIZATION – TERRAFORMING OR SPACE HABITATS?


Artist's concept of a terraformed Mars (left) and an O'Neill Cylinder. Credit: Ittiz/Wikimedia Commons (left)/Rick Guidice/NASA Ames Research Center (right)

Artist’s impression of the terraforming of Mars, from its current state to a livable world. Credit: Daein Ballard

Artist’s concept of a possible Mars terraforming plant. Credit: National Geographic Channel

Artist’s concept of a possible Space Colony in Solar orbit

Evolution of Space Colony proposals

I WONDER IF IT HAS ROOM SERVICE? HERE’S THE SPACE HOTEL THAT WON
A RECENT (July, 2017)NASA COMPETITION


The Managed, Reconfigurable, In-space Nodal Assembly (MARINA), developed by MIT graduate students, is designed as a habitable commercially owned module for use in low Earth orbit. Credit: MIT/MARINA team

In the future, LEO (Low Earth Orbit) will become home to commercial modules (like the Bigelow Aerospace B330 expandable module, shown here),will become a reality. Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

Members of the MIT team (from left to right): Caitlin Mueller (faculty advisor), Matthew Moraguez, George Lordos, and Valentina Sumini. Credit: MIT/MARINA team

Asgardia: a New space nation

The Asgardia Website

Asgardia: Prposed Space Naion in space

'Space Nation' Endures Tough Start: A Russian industrialist's proposed 'space nation' is dealing with early growing pains that may keep the concept from getting off the ground. When Igor Ashurbeyli announced the formation of 'Asgardia' last year, the idea was met with skepticism from legal experts and scholars, but also generated tremendous enthusiasm from the general public. A whopping 300,000 people from around the world signed up to take part in the effort, however their idyllic feelings appear to be faltering as the 'space nation' begins to take shape.


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Future Missions to the solar system

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LOCKHEED MARTIN

READY TO LEAVE LOW EARTH ORBIT? PROTOTYPE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FOR A DEEP SPACE HABITAT

Lockheed Martin artist rendering of the NextSTEP habitat docked with Orion in cislunar orbit as part of a concept for the Deep Space Gateway. Orion will serve as the habitat?s command deck in early missions, providing critical communications, life support and navigation to guide long-duration missions. CREDIT(PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Artist’s impression of the Deep Space Gateway, currently under development by Lockheed Martin. Credit: NASA

Artist’s concept of space habitat operating beyond Earth and the Moon Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

NASA is working on developing a space station in a cis-lunar orbit that will serve as the jumping off point to exploring the Solar System; it’s known as the Deep Space Gateway. Support us at: More stories at: Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: Google+ - Instagram - @fcain / Team: Fraser Cain - Karla Thompson - @karlaii / Chad Weber - Chloe Cain - Instagram: @chloegwen2001 I don’t have to tell you that the vision of human space exploration in the Solar System has kind of stalled. Half a century ago, humans set foot on the Moon, and we haven’t been back since. Instead, we’ve thoroughly explored every cubic meter of low Earth orbit, going around and around the Earth. In fact, back in 2016, the International Space Station celebrated 100,000 orbits around the Earth.

NASA REIGNITES PROGRAM FOR NUCLEAR THERMAL ROCKETS

Artist's concept of a bimodal nuclear rocket making the journey to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations in the Solar System. Credit: NASA

Nuclear reactors (like the one pictured here) are being considered by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for possible future missions. Credit: NASA

Artist’s concept of a Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Rocket in Low Earth Orbit. Credit: NASA

Artist’s concept of a bimodal nuclear rocket slowing down to establish orbit around Mars. Credit: NASA


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