Thursday, March 1, 2018

MAR 1, 2018 - 1:00 PM ET - 10 SPACE & SCIENCE, 9 PHOTOS & 4 VIDEOS

I'm going to start publishing all my posts between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. 

If I'm late with one, I'll publish it the next day in the same time frame as above.

Thanks. Forrest. 


*"Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon. An astronaut 

wandering the moon next year could use a smartphone to call home. A German 

startup is preparing to set up the first telecommunication infrastructure on the 

lunar surface." By Tereza Pultarova. Contributor. August 10, 

2017, 03:25 pm ET.

"PTScientists' Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module, or ALINA, lunar 


Credit: PTScientists.

*"Images of the Day."

By the Staff. February 10, 2018, 10:00 am ET.

"The Heart Nebula.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018: The star-speckled Heart Nebula glows red with 

hydrogen gas in this deep-space image by astrophotographer Miguel Claro. At the 

cusp of its heart-shaped outline is another cloud of dust and gas known as the 

Fishhead Nebula." — Hanneke Weitering.

Credit: Miguel Claro.

"Falcon Heavy's Route to Space. Wednesday, February 7, 2018: A long-exposure 

photo of the Falcon Heavy rocket's first test launch yesterday shows the rocket's 

curved trajectory as it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center and heads toward 

low-Earth orbit. — Hanneke Weitering.

Credit: SpaceX.

*"Could Methane on Saturn's Moon Enceladus Be a Sign of Life?

By Mike Wall, senior writer. February 27, 2018, 11:01 am ET.

"Saturn's ocean-harboring moon Enceladus, as seen by NASA's Cassini 


Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

*"THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL ROCKET. Falcon Heavy is the most 

powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift 

into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner 

loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than 

twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at 

one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and 

reliability of Falcon 9."

*"This Caterpillar Makes Noise the Same Way a Tea Kettle Does."

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer. February 26, 2018, 06:00 

pm ET.

"A Nessus sphinx hawkmoth caterpillar (Amphion floridensis), munches on a 

wild grape leaf." Credit: Jayne Yack.

*"Stratolaunch Test Photos: The World's Largest Plane in Action."

By, Staff | February 28, 2018, 12:59 pm ET.

"The World's Largest Plane.

The private spaceflight company Stratolaunch is building the world's largest 

aircraft for future rocket launches from the sky. See photos from the first taxi 

tests of the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft the Roc here."

Credit: Stratolaunch System.

*"An Even-Weirder-Than-Usual Tardigrade Just Turned Up in a Parking Lot. A 

newfound species of tardigrade, or "water bear," with tendril-festooned eggs has 

been discovered in the parking lot of an apartment building in Japan."

By Stephanie Pappas.  Contributor. February 28, 2018, 

02:15 pm ET.

"A new species of tardigrade (not shown here) was discovered in a parking lot in 


Credit: Shutterstock.

*"The Moon Will Get Its Own Mobile Phone Network in 2019. 

By Tariq Malik. Managing Editor. February 28, 2018, 09:00 am 


"An artist's illustration of a PTScientists Audi Quattro rover exploring the moon 

near NASA's Apollo 17 lunar rover. The moon will get a 4G mobile phone network 

to connect the rover and its twin to a PTScientists lander."

Credit: PTScientists.

*"Did Dark Matter Make The Early Universe Chill Out? Scientists have probed a 

period of the universe's early history that no one has been able to explore before 

— and they got a surprise: It was far colder in the young universe, before the 

first stars blinked on, than astronomers previously thought." 

Nell Greenfieldboyce. February 28, 2018,1:49 PM ET.

"Artist's rendering of how the first stars in the universe may have looked."

N.R.Fuller/National Science Foundation/Nature.

*"World's Biggest Plane Taxis Closer to Takeoff."

By Mindy Weisberger.Senior Writer. February 28, 2018, 

02:13 pm ET.

"In recent tests, the Stratolaunch — the world's biggest plane by wingspan — 

reached new top speeds on the runway."

Credit: Stratolaunch Systems Corp.


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