Virtual Weekend Escapes: Quick Tour of the Moon in 4K
If you have 5 spare minutes, NASA can fly you to the Moon with unprecedented realism thanks to data gathered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft over the course of the last 6 years. The tour includes a visit to South Pole-Aitken basin, Tycho crater’s central peak, and the Taurus–Littrow valley, that served as the landing site for the last Apollo mission to our nearest neighbor in space.
Not in the mood for guided tours? Try a more spontaneous exploration of the Moon with Quickmap, a virtual tool to smoothly dive into the lunar surface.
Space Travel 40 Years Later: Close Encounters of the X Kind
Did you notice that most of the latest tech marvels contain an X in their name? Have we already come to a dead end? This picture surely raises some concerns.
Falcon Heavy Demo Mission: Spaceman in Driving Seat – Photo Courtesy: SpaceX @ Flickr
Forty years ago Carl Sagan put onboard the NASA Voyager spacecraft 2 golden phonograph records full of sounds and images from planet Earth. He said:
The NASA spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space, but the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.
What does the car with a mannequin inside say instead? Well, at least it should make us reflect on the trajectory we have followed in the last decades, leading us to question ourselves about what happened to that marvelous idea of progress.