By: Patrick Boniface
The last human footprints on the moon belong to Eugene Cernan and as there is no atmosphere on the moon, those footprints will remain undisturbed for millennia. As Commander of the last moon mission of the Apollo program Eugene Andrew Cernan wrapped up an historic...
The Torino Scale and the likelihood of asteroid impacts
By: D. Vogt
There are billions of small asteroids and comets in the solar system. Of these, only a small fraction actually cross Earth's orbital path, and only a small fraction of those are large enough to survive a descent through the Earth's atmosphere. Nevertheless, it is possible...
Astronaut profiles: Alan Shepard
By: D. Vogt
Alan Bartlett Shepard (1923-1998) was a pilot in the U.S. Navy, the first American astronaut in space, and the commander of the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon. He was decorated by the navy, by NASA, and with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor...
By: Terrence Aym
When NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mapped the tiny Martian moon, Phobos and beamed back photos of the small, potato-shaped satellite, a furor broke out amongst space buffs. There, on the surface in plain view, stood a large rectangular object that unmistakably resembled an artificial...
Astronaut profiles: Ed Mitchell
By: D. Vogt
Edgar "Ed" Mitchell (1930-present) was a NASA astronaut and engineer, who walked on the moon as part of Apollo 14 in 1971. Like other early American astronauts, he was recruited from research and test piloting duties in the armed forces. He also went on to...
Astronaut profiles: Gordon Cooper
By: D. Vogt
Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (1927-2004), was an American astronaut and engineer. He flew into space twice, on the last of the Mercury spacecraft in 1963, and then again on Gemini 5 in 1965. He retired from the astronaut corps into work as an engineering consultant...
Astronaut profiles: Gus Grissom
By: D. Vogt
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (1926-1967) was one of the first astronauts in the American space program. During his brief career, he entered space twice, and was the second American in space, after Alan Shepard. Grissom was selected as the commander of the Apollo mission in...
Astronaut profiles: John Young
By: D. Vogt
John Young (1930-present) was an American astronaut and engineer who flew into space first in Project Gemini, and then subsequently walked on the Moon twice as part of the Apollo project, before finishing out his space career with the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981...
Dwarf planet 2003 EL61 found in outer solar system
By: D. Vogt
Dwarf planet 2003 EL61, now known by the name Haumea (after the goddess of Hawaii), is a Kuiper Belt dwarf planet which was discovered in 2004 at a distance of 43 AU (43 times Earth's distance from the Sun), making it slightly farther out than...
Biography: Mae C. Jemison
By: D. Vogt
Mae Jemison (1956-present) is a retired American astronaut and doctor. She flew into space once aboard the Space Shuttle in 1992, becoming the first African-American woman in space. - Early Years and Career - Jemison was born to a non-profit worker and teacher in Decatur...

 

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