Mars Curiosity Rover Shoots Self-Portrait

Mars Curiosity Rover Shoots Self-Portrait

On Jan. 29, 2016, NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped a self-portrait during the exploration of the Namib Dune on Mars. The composite image is a collage of 57 separate pictures taken with the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). According to NASA, the rover took the selfie while collecting sand and rock samples for microbial analysis. The agency […]

Understanding the Mechanics of Flight [Video]

Understanding the Mechanics of Flight [Video]

In order to understand the mechanics of flight, it is important to specify that flight mechanics refers to both fixed wing (e.g. airplanes, gliders, etc.) and rotary wing (i.e. helicopters) vehicles. An airplane, by definition, is a power-driven aircraft that is heavier than air. It derives its lift primarily from aerodynamic forces on its surface which […]

International Space Station Astronauts Likely to Conduct Spacewalk Repairs

International Space Station Astronauts Likely to Conduct Spacewalk Repairs

NASA reported on Nov. 13, 2015, that astronauts aboard the International Space Station are likely to conduct repairs via spacewalk after the station suffered a short-circuit, which caused temporary power issues. Spaceflight 101, manned by Commander Scott Kelly, had a sudden power fluctuation that resulted in some devices of the Space Station operating on a downgraded power […]