NASA’s Deep Space Network is what makes it possible to stay in contact with the space robots. At three locations around the world, each located in a radio-remote location, immense antennas make extremely precise movements despite their size in order to listen deep into the sky.
One of my favorite missions, though it doesn’t get as much fanfare as other Mars expeditions. Just look at the beauty it reveals: hirise.lpl.arizona.edu.
We talk about going back to the Moon (as we should), but I wonder how many people realize that in some ways we’re very much already there: lroc.sese.asu.edu
In 1772, Captain James Cook set out on his second voyage of discovery aboard HMS Resolution.
In 1997, the women and men of the Cassini mission sent their spacecraft on its way to Saturn, where it explored a small, enigmatic moon. Enceladus. Simply, in my opinion, the most interesting place beyond Earth that we know of.
When I came across this photo a few weeks ago it made me sigh. It contains the planet Saturn and, unseen, the Cassini spacecraft nearby. Three months later, to the day, the Cassini mission ended when the spacecraft intentionally plunged into the planet, never to return.
Like many who worked on the mission, my heart remains broken even now in a way that still surprises me.