Archive for September, 2014

Credit: CASC

Credit: CASC

 

China to Launch Recoverable Moon Orbiter Prototype This Year

The country plans to launch a lunar “test orbiter” by year’s end with the intention of laying the foundation for China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample-return mission in 2017.

http://www.space.com/27011-china-moon-orbiter-recoverable-prototype-launch.html

Credit: NASA/ASU

Credit: NASA/ASU

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is slated to launch toward an asteroid in 2016.

And thanks to an innovative participation project, you can take part in an Asteroid Time Capsule – an initiative to collect ideas from the public about space exploration 10 years from now.

Called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), the spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2019.

Once on target, the spacecraft will collect a sample and return the cache in a capsule to Earth in 2023 for detailed study.

When the sample return capsule returns to Earth in 2023 with a minimum of 2 ounces (60 grams) of asteroid material, the mission team will open the time capsule to view the messages and images, at which time the selected submissions will be posted online.

Image Credit: Heather Roper/University of Arizona/OSIRIS-REx

Image Credit: Heather Roper/University of Arizona/OSIRIS-REx

Topics for submissions by the public should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. The mission team will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule.

Messages can be submitted Sept. 2 – 30.

 

 

Want to take the time to be onboard a time capsule? If so, for more information, go to:

http://www.asteroidmission.org/timecapsule

This year’s smashing and spacey poster by Tina Kugler (tinakuglerstudio.com). Copies available from Rahr-West Art Museum. Credit Tina Kugler

This year’s smashing and spacey poster by Tina Kugler (tinakuglerstudio.com). Copies available from Rahr-West Art Museum.
Credit Tina Kugler

Check out a new article from me in the September issue of Air & Space Magazine:

 

When Sputnik Crashed in Wisconsin

 

Stand by for Sputnikfest 2014 Photo: Tina Prigge

Stand by for Sputnikfest 2014
Photo: Tina Prigge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to:

http://www.airspacemag.com/articles/when-sputnik-crashed-wisconsin-180952388/#ixzz3C5gxTLWP