Meanwhile, on Mars it’s just another day, but where does Curiosity go for a tire change?

Meanwhile, on Mars it’s just another day, but where does Curiosity go for a tire change?

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS] Where is NASA’s rover Curiosity going on Mars? Its geographical goals are on the slopes of Mount Sharp, whose peak is seen in the background on the right. A key scientific goal, however, remains to better assess when and where conditions on Mars were once suitable […]

Secret Area 6, near Area 51, uses controlled airspace to test airborne sensors

Secret Area 6, near Area 51, uses controlled airspace to test airborne sensors

Special to WorldTribune.com As secret airbases go, the single runway in the test site’s Area 6 is easily overshadowed by the world’s most famous secret military base, Area 51, a dozen miles northeast. Area 51’s existence was only recently acknowledged, even after decades of speculation by UFO enthusiasts that the aircraft development and test facility […]

Super Blood Moon, Sept. 27, 2015

Super Blood Moon, Sept. 27, 2015

Special to WorldTribune.com [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] On a hunch, photographer Laurene Morton drove to Dinosaur Hill Park in Pleasant Hill, California Sunday evening. Sure enough, “a huge crowd was waiting” for the clouds to clear and the total eclipse, on the moon’s closest pass to the Earth. “Everyone’s been talking about” the […]

Excitement builds as Pluto flyby nears, a decade after launch

Excitement builds as Pluto flyby nears, a decade after launch

Special to WorldTribune.com [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] There’s a near-perfect heart shape on Pluto’s rusty red surface which scientists are seeing for the first time as a piano-sized NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, hurtles toward the distant body on its way toward a historic flyby on July 14. … Pluto [was] once considered the […]

The triple conjunction as seen from Charleston, SC

The triple conjunction as seen from Charleston, SC

Special to WorldTribune.com [CLICK IN IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Kevin Bourque] Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love, and Mars, the war god’s namesake, came together by moonlight in this lovely skyview, recorded on Feb. 20 from Charleston, South Carolina, USA, planet Earth. Made in twilight with a digital camera, the three second time […]

With freezing winds and ISIL could Neptune, despite 2000 km/hour gusts, be diamond in the rough?

With freezing winds and ISIL could Neptune, despite 2000 km/hour gusts, be diamond in the rough?

Special to WorldTribune.com [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Voyager 2, NASA] Two hours before [its] closest approach to Neptune in 1989, the Voyager 2 robot spacecraft snapped this picture. Clearly visible for the first time were long light-colored cirrus-type clouds floating high in Neptune’s atmosphere. Shadows of these clouds can even be seen on […]

Orion’s little-noticed, record-breaking flight

Orion’s little-noticed, record-breaking flight

Special to WorldTribune.com [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA]   Headed for two orbits of planet Earth and a splashdown in the Pacific, Orion blazed into the early morning sky on Friday at 7:05am ET. The spacecraft was launched atop a United Launch Aliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station […]

European probe lands successfully on comet 67P

European probe lands successfully on comet 67P

Special to WorldTribune.com Rosetta’s probe, Philae, has successfully landed on its comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After a daring seven-hour descent, the probe has made space history by becoming the firstever craft to land on a comet. … However, while the lander has touched down on the comet using its harpoons, scientists said that it had not yet […]