ESA/Johns Hopkins aim to deflect an asteroid with spacecraft impact

ESA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (which runs several space missions including the Messenger probe now orbiting Mercury) are proposing a joint experiment to test impact deflection of an asteroid. A JHU-APL spacecraft would ram into an asteroid while an ESA spacecraft would monitor the impact and its effects on the object.

Asteroid Impact Monitor Design
Asteroid Impact Monitor Design 

Kepler exoplanet scan suspended temporarily

The lifetime of Kepler, the great exoplanet finding machine, may be cut prematurely short if efforts to save a balky reaction wheel fall short:

 

The Space Show this week

The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): No show today as am teaching at UND..

2. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome John Strickland to the program to discuss cis-lunar space and economic development. Mr. Strickland is a long time space advocate, a member of the NSS Board of Directors, and more. Note that I will upload several images to The Space Show blog no later than Tuesday morning as John & I will be talking about them during our discussion. Make sure you access these images prior to our Tuesday night program, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.

3. Friday January 25, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): We welcome Dr. Duane Graveline, the father of the NASA bed rest microgravity simulation studies. Heather Archuletta, the “pillownaut astronaut,” will co-host this program with me.

4. Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome back Dr. Eric Seedhouse regarding his new book, Pulling G: Human Responses to High and Low Gravity.

See also:
/– The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
/– The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
/– The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

Sloh space camera to webcast super close Moon/Jupiter conjunction

An announcement from the Slooh public membership astronomy enterprise:

Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Live Feeds
of Super Close Moon /Jupiter Conjunction

On Monday, January 21st, the Moon will appear amazingly close in the sky to the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. The Waxing Gibbous Moon – the lunar phase between first quarter Moon and a full Moon – will be approximately one degree south of Jupiter appearing to be only a pen width apart. This will be closest conjunction between the two celestial bodies until 2026. Slooh Space Camera will cover the event live on Slooh.com, free to the public, Monday, January 21st at 6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST / 02:00 UTC (1/22) – International times here: http://goo.gl/xySeo – accompanied by real-time discussions with Slooh President, Patrick Paolucci, Astronomy Magazine columnist, Bob Berman, and astro-imager Matt Francis of the Prescott Observatory. Viewers can watch live on their PC or IOS/Android mobile device at t-minus zero.

By good fortune, the Great Red Spot will be traveling across the middle of Jupiter’s disk during Slooh’s live broadcast.

If skies are clear, individuals can view the conjunction by looking at the Moon and finding the brightest star in the sky next to the Moon, which will be Jupiter. Individuals with binoculars or telescope may capture more detail of Jupiter, including some of the satellites.

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