ISS Astronaut Test Drives a LEGO-built Earth Rover via Interplanetary Internet!

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ISS Astronaut Test Drives a LEGO-built Earth Rover via Interplanetary Internet!
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NASA & ESA recently announced that an American astronaut onboard the International Space Station has successfully operated a LEGO-built rover at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, using an experimental version of planet-to-planet Internet called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocol. NASA's experts say once DTN is ready for deployment, it could be used to control robots on Mars from an orbiting spacecraft or even from Earth using satellites as relay stations.

Space Shot of the Day

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Space Shot of the Day
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This stunning panoramic image from the Hubble Legacy Archive shows the Tadpole Galaxy (Arp 188), which is 420 million lights-years away toward the northern constellation Draco with a visually striking tail that stretches more than 280 thousand light-years in length and features brilliantly shining blue star clusters.



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

Space Shot of the Day

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Today's space shot comes from the recently updated version of Google Earth's Mars exploration add-on, which features hi-def resolution images of the Red Planet's surface (20 feet per pixel) captured by the Context Camera (CTX) onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Start exploring today by downloading Google Earth!



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

Nice Structure of the Day

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Nice Structure of the Day
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Back in the '70s, NASA Ames Research Center commissioned a couple of space colony studies which resulted in these retro-futuristic artistic renderings of space habitats that can house about 10,000 people. Click through for more examples!

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Space Shot of the Day

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NASA has unveiled a new SMS and e-mail notification service called "Spot the Station" that will let people know in advance when the International Space Station (ISS) will be flying over their heads. While its visibility may depend on weather conditions and location, NASA says it's fairly easy to spot the station as long as you know where and when to look for it, as it is the third brightest object in the sky from the Earth's point of view.

Image courtesy: Astronomer and Photographer Will Gater



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

Space Shot of the Day

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This is a false-color composite image of Valles Marineris, Planet Mars' very own Grand Canyon, captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. Stretching across the Martian highlands for 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) in length, 124 miles wide and up to 6.8 miles deep, Valles Marineris is considered one of the largest known canyon systems in the solar system.



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.