The new space race is here. Just as in the 1960’s where Russia and America raced to get a man standing on the Moon Mars is now in the sights of two competing tribes. This time though it’s not countries but companies that are fighting it out.
Boeing has boldly claimed that the mega rocket it’s building for NASA will get a human to Mars before Elon Musk’s Space X can. In a Tweet aimed directly at Elon Musk they threw down the gauntlet, Musk accepted this and now as they say the game is on!
The sharp eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.
Over the course of 22 minutes, Hubble took 13 separate exposures, allowing astronomers to create a time-lapse video showing the diminutive moon’s orbital path. The Hubble observations were intended to photograph Mars, and the moon’s cameo appearance was a bonus.
There;s some really cool stuff in the week of pictures from ESA, with a detailed hi res image of part of the Martian surface from Mars Express, a false colour image of Iceland glaciers and a Galaxy bursting with new stars there’s some real treats. Click on the link below for more.
I’ve not posted a NASA update for a while, but with a breakdown of the Cassini mission which is due to end next year, more on New Horizons and a little snippet on Mars I thought now would be a good time: