Videos: TMRO 9.30 – Create your own Martian Garden + TMRO Spacepod shorts

The most recent program is now available on line: Create your own Martian Garden – TMRO

We are joined by Mark Cusimano from The Martian Garden — We discuss what Martian Regolith is and how you can use simulated Martian Regolith to create your own Mars garden!

News topics discusses:

* Soyuz MS-02 suffers anomaly with dangerous repairs ahead
* ESA’s Rosetta Will Gently Lithobrake onto Comet 67P
* SpaceX anomaly update
* Wildfires Delay Launch And Threaten Structures at Vandenberg
* ULA announces free cubesat ride winners
* Pluto Probably Has A 100km thick Subsurface Ocean

Here are a couple of recent TMRO Spacepod short video reports:

** The ISS is MELTING! – Space Pod 09/21/16 – TMRO

Lisa Stojanovski explains why the International Space Station is melting wax to help future spacecraft.

** 5th New Shepard Flight Announced – SpacePod 09/14/16 – TMRO

This week, Space Mike covers the announcement for the next flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, and an ambitious test they will perform during the flight.

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ESA Rosetta mission ends with spacecraft impacting the surface of Comet 67P/C-G

The European Space Agency (ESA) ended the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko today by maneuvering the spacecraft onto (or, more likely, into) the surface of the comet: Mission complete: Rosetta’s journey ends in daring descent to comet – ESA

Comet landing site: Sequence of images captured by Rosetta during its descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September.

ESA’s historic Rosetta mission has concluded as planned, with the controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years. 

Confirmation of the end of the mission arrived at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany at 11:19 GMT (13:19 CEST) with the loss of Rosetta’s signal upon impact.

Rosetta carried out its final manoeuvre last night at 20:50 GMT (22:50 CEST), setting it on a collision course with the comet from an altitude of about 19 km. Rosetta had targeted a region on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, close to a region of active pits in the Ma’at region.

The descent gave Rosetta the opportunity to study the comet’s gas, dust and plasma environment very close to its surface, as well as take very high-resolution images.

Pits are of particular interest because they play an important role in the comet’s activity. They also provide a unique window into its internal building blocks.

The information collected on the descent to this fascinating region was returned to Earth before the impact. It is now no longer possible to communicate with the spacecraft.

This video shows the trajectory that led the spacecraft into the comet:


Here is a video preview of Rosetta’s final act from

TMRO Astronomer Jared Head gives us a review of the incredible Rosetta mission from the European Space Agency, and then gives us a preview of what to expect in it’s final days ahead at the end of the mission.


Videos: Tardigrades begin to reveal the secrets to their incredible toughness

The microscopic Tardigrade animals have become famous for their amazing resilience to extremes of temperature, dryness, vacuum, and radiation. Research is starting to unlock the secrets to their stupendous survival skills:

This video shows some of the tardigrades’ special qualities:

And here’s an example of a possible application derived from Tardigrade research: