NASA has plans to launch a lightweight, highly efficient solar sail in 2015 to explore as far as three million kilometres into deep space. The sail, propelled by the Sun's rays, will also be tested as an early warning system for potentially damaging solar flares headed for Earth. Rob Muir reports.
NASA (July 15, 2013) Caleb: If you want to look back in time to the beginning of our solar system, look no further than comets and asteroids.
Molly: These solar system time capsules have been giving away secrets of not ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (May 18, 2015) A citizen-funded mini satellite will attempt to deploy a solar sail above Earth in a test to examine the principles of propelling small spacecrafts to the edges of the solar system using energy from ... watch video
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NASA (Jan. 27, 2014) Transcript
Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM)
- Todd Ely
- Nathan Barnes
- Ian Clark
NARRATOR: Technology Demonstration Missions; taking the next step in deep space ... watch video
AP (Feb. 6, 2015) Launching Sunday, a deep space climate satellite will dramatically improve solar storm warnings. The joint NASA-NOAA-US Air Force mission could save trillions of dollars back on earth, increasing ... watch video
Aug. 3, 2015 A mile-long asteroid that raced past Earth July 25 at about 45,000 miles per hour – at a safe distance of 4.5 million miles – was imaged by radar telescopes so that astronomers could discern its ... read more
July 30, 2015 Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae -- hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of ... read more
July 30, 2015 Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses new riddles: Surface material measurements performed by the Philae landing module indicate that the near surface material might have changed ... read more
July 29, 2015 The merger of two black holes is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. The first observatories capable of directly detecting gravitational waves -- ... read more
July 29, 2015 Physicists have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilizes long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft ... read more
Nov. 13, 2012 On Nov. 13, 2012, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:04 pm EST. This flare is classified as an M6 flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space ... read more
Nov. 29, 2011 After spending more than 240 days "sailing" around Earth, NASA's NanoSail-D -- a nanosatellite that deployed NASA's first-ever solar sail in low-Earth orbit -- has successfully ... read more
Aug. 24, 2011 NASA has selected three proposals, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space ... read more