NASA and Italian Space Agency Sign Agreement on Exploration of Mercury
At a meeting in Rome Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration.
Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA’s plans for a new asteroid initiative, previously announced in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Saggese expressed the strong interest of Italy for the initiative and welcomed the opportunity to discuss potential ASI participation in a long-term exploration strategy.
Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
How I wish our planet’s movement was this apparent while staring at the night sky. It could probably make a lot more people realize just how tiny we are compared to this vast unexplored galaxy above our heads.
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
Space Shot of the Day: The Huygens Landing on Titan
On January 14th, 2005, the Huygens space probe landed on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan (shown left). Organized as a joint mission by the Italian Space Agency, ESA and NASA, the Huygens’ touchdown marked the first spacecraft landing in the outer solar system and still remains the most distant landing of any craft launched from Earth to this day.
Beautiful Pipedream of the Day: Terraformed Mars
Check out Kevin Gill’s concept art of what the Red Planet might look like if it could be terraformed with Earth-like oceans and life. The image shown on the left is the view of Mars’ eastern hemisphere, you can also check out the view of its western hemisphere here.