This may not look like much, but it is the first colour image of Pluto and its moon Charon snapped by the New Horizons spacecraft, currently travelling like a bullet towards the far-away dwarf planet at a speed of 50,000 km/h.
Take a look at this incredible footage of SpaceX’s third attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a remotely-operated barge in the middle of the ocean.
Sitting on the plane back to Manchester is a good time to get started on drafting this post, after a fantastic SpaceUp unconference over the weekend at the European Space Agency’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.
Yesterday I discovered this must-watch video. A futuristic short-film, beautifully crafted, based on digitised real images of real Solar System locations and narrated by Carl Sagan’s hypnotic voice. The end result? a beautiful, inspiring video.
Here’s what you need to take home from today’s media briefing by ESA on the Rosetta mission, following yesterday’s landing on the comet.
This is the world’s first ever image from the surface of a comet, taken a few hours ago 500 million kilometres away from Earth on a small rock just 4km across by a little robotic probe and transmitted back to us. The radio signal took a full 28min to travel through space to reach Earth. The probe is called Philae, dropped from the Rosetta spacecraft yesterday after a 10-year journey through space. The mission is managed by the European Space Agency.