New Feature: Science and technology have always been a big part of Star Trek and so every week we will bring you news on how we are headed towards that future we know so well. Some things will have have a Trek connection and others will just be cool.
New Okuda-designed logo has landed
On Thursday, NASA announced that their new lunar lander is to be named Altair and introduced the lander’s new logo, designed by veteran Star Trek scenic artist Michael Okuda. The design is based on the logo for the Apollo 11 patch; both designs feature a bald eagle with outstretched wings clasping an olive branch with its talons. The Altair is expected to launch sometime before 2020, marking Earth’s return to the Moon after some four decades. To learn more about the Altair project, see the report at collectSPACE and Space.com.
Okuda’s new patch looks back to the Apollo missions
Bursting our bubble
V’Ger’s distant cousin, Voyager 2, has discovered that our solar system is dented! Reuters reports that data gathered by the Voyager 2 probe has revealed that the heliosphere surrounding our solar system is not the nice, round bubble it was thought to be; rather, it’s being pushed in by the magnetic field.
The Voyagers are still boldly going
Flying saucers of Saturn
There are moons shaped like flying saucers (or, if you prefer, like a starship’s saucer section) located within the rings of Saturn, and scientists have finally figured out what they are. According to Live Science, new findings suggest that the saucer-shaped moons are products of the rings themselves: icy particles within the rings that have clumped together. Scientists believe this discovery may shed light on how Earth and her Milky Way neighbors coalesced.
Saturn’s strange new world explained
Over the year’s the Star Trek crews have run into a lot of nebulae. The Isaac Newton Telescope, located on the Canary Islands, captured an image of neat-looking planetary nebulae which, as Metro points out, looks a lot like an entity you might see on the original Star Trek series.
Is that a class J, class Y or Mutara?
A true space Odyssey
Private commercial lunar corporation Odyssey Moon is the first entrant in the Google/Lunar X PRIZE Competition — essentially, a race to the moon. Odyssey plans to win the competition with a history-making “private robotic mission to the surface of the moon.” See SpaceRef.com for more information.
Odyssey Moon’s K-10 Rover…first private citizen on the moon?
Bonus video on the Google Lunar X-Prize
UPDATE: Real reason for Shuttle Delay
This week the space shuttle Atlantis launch was delayed. NASA wants you to believe it was a ‘fuel sensor glitch,’ but this genuine secret footage shows the true danger they don’t want you to know about:
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