Through the first decade of the 21st century efforts at observing what was happening at the high end of the electromagnetic spectrum in space were limited by the “seeing” power of the telescopes being used.
Here’s how energy across the electromagnetic spectrum maps out:
Continue reading “NuSTAR: Seeing what no one has seen before”
Shifting magnetic fields on the surface of the Sun form loops which push out from the surface into the upper atmosphere or corona.
As the invisible magnetic loops arc out from the surface, the Sun’s plasma clings to the field adding the spectacular visual aspect to the loop as shown in the picture. Continue reading “SOHO: Exploring the Sun”
Slowly but surely NASA is moving toward the accumulation of technologies which will allow humans to go to Mars, spend time there in a constructive manner and return to Earth.
The Mars 2020 Rover will test one of those technologies, the use of carbon dioxide on Mars to create oxygen, oxygen for the astronauts to breathe and to create the fuel needed for the crew to launch from the Martian surface for the return flight. Continue reading “MOXIE: First step to a factory on Mars”