In the Silent Depths of Space

Not so SMART-1 probe slams against the Moon and disintegrates. Till now authorities haven’t found any evidence to link it to any terrorist organisation.But they insist on calling the perpetrator as the “Smart One”.

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A European lunar orbiter was “purposely slammed” into the Moon today.The high-tech spacecraft-Small Missions for Advanced Research and Technology-belongs to the European Space Agency (ESA), and is better known as SMART-1.

“Suddently we lost the signal of the spacecraft,” said Detlef Koschny, ESA SMART-1 scientist at a control center in Germany, who spoke to reporters via a teleconference arranged by the Planetary Society. “All we know is that the impact did occur.”

Well even he doesn’t sound very smart to me :(.

And…….

Pluto bound probe New Horizons has snapped its first pictures.

On Aug. 29, 2006, the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) opened its launch cover door and took its first image in space, of Messier 7, a star cluster in our Milky Way galaxy. The image shows the center of Messier 7, which was catalogued by Charles Messier in 1764, and described by Ptolemy around 130 A.D. Stars to at least 12th magnitude are clearly visible, meaning LORRI’s sensitivity and noise levels in space are consistent with its pre-launch calibrations on the ground.

New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006 and it is scheduled to arrive at pluto in 2014.

Pluto was recently demoted from Planethood by a bunch of crazy astronomers who had nothing better to do in life so they hung around in their hotel rooms until the last day of their conference to pull Pluto down.

And Lockheed martin has been chosen by NASA to build the Orion CEV that will be returning man to the moon in 2019 a full 50 years after the first moon landing way back in 1969.

WASHINGTON ­- NASA has selected Lockheed Martin as the prime contractor to design, develop and build the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), the planned replacement for the space shuttle that will become the backbone of the agency’s human spaceflight program.Orion will be capable of transporting four crew members for lunar missions and later supporting crew transfers for Mars missions, NASA said. Orion also will be able to carry up to six crew members to and from the international space station.The first Orion launch with humans on board is planned for no later than 2014.

 A human Moon landing is expected to occur no later than 2020, the agency said.

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