10 Nov : Good bye ‘Phoenix’

Nasa was exploring Mars since 1960 starting with some failure launches. Most recent and most valuable inputs were derived from Nasa’s Phoenix mission. In May 2008, Nasa set its Phoenix mission on fire. It was the first successful landing in Martian polar region. Phoenix was a robotic spacecraft on a space exploration mission on Mars. After 5 months of exploration, today in 2008, Phoenix mission was declared concluded on November 10, 2008, after engineers were unable to re-contact the craft. It was launched on 4 August 2007, but landed on Mars on 25 May 2008. Most amazing findings of this mission was … Continue reading 10 Nov : Good bye ‘Phoenix’

7 Oct : Moon’s ‘Dark Side’ clicked

‘Dark side’ or the ‘Far side’ of the moon (the surface which is not visible clearly from the earth) could be seen for the first time. Thanks to Luna 3, a Soviet spacecraft launched in 1959 as part of the Luna programme. It was the first ever mission to photograph the far side of the moon. Although the picture quality was very poor as compared to the later standards, the historic never before seen views of the moon were exciting and interesting.  It was the third space probe to be sent to the moon followed by the United States with … Continue reading 7 Oct : Moon’s ‘Dark Side’ clicked

4 Oct : Triple ’S’ created history

’S’oviet Union launched World’s first artificial ’S’atellite ’S’putnik 1 today in 1957. It was named so as ’Sputnik’ is the Russian word for ‘Satellite’. It was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles.  The Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. It was … Continue reading 4 Oct : Triple ’S’ created history