Scott Carpenter has died at 88.
As the commander of Aurora 7
in 1962, Carpenter was the second Mercury astronaut to orbit the Earth. He is best known for having wished his friend John Glenn "Godspeed
" as the latter launched into orbit. [more inside]
Jupiter has lots. Mars has some, too, as does Neptune. Turns out Earth's got a trojan asteroid
of its own. Meet 2010 TK7
, the blue planet's new baby brother.
Orbital skydives to follow inflatable heatshield success?
"NASA has announced a successful live test of a prototype inflatable heat shield
for re-entry to a planet's atmosphere. The blow-up shield could have important implications for future missions to Mars - and also, perhaps, for the nascent field of orbital spacesuit skydiving
"They ran into each other. Nothing has the right of way up there. We don't have an air traffic controller in space. There is no universal way of knowing what's coming in your direction."
An unprecedented collision of two orbiting satellites
yesterday highlights the increasing threat of space junk