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Apollo archive pictures available, more on NASA's discovery missions, abd pulsars that speed themselves up...

6 Oct 2015, 09:14 UTC
Apollo archive pictures available, more on NASA's discovery missions, abd pulsars that speed themselves up...
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Thousands of Apollo pictures available on FlickrThe full archive of photographs taken by Apollo astronauts on the Moon has been made available on Flickr - it's a really great chance to get a feel for these historic missions first hand.No, this is not what 'really happened'. Cool as that would have been.More information on the contenders for NASA's next discovery mission:NASA is gearing up to select one or possibly two new Discovery class missions - relatively cheap exploration missions to scout out new and interesting locations and test technologies. I've mentioned this before but with a bit more time I've been able to dig up some more facts on these potential missions:VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR Topography and Spectroscopy) Paper on VERITASIf it gets selected the mission objectives for VERITAS would be: Origin and Evolution: How did Venus diverge from Earth?• Determine if tesserae (tectonically deformed land) are remnants of an earlier wetter past• Search for past tectonic or cratered surface beneath the plainsVenus as a Terrestrial Planet: What processes shape the planet?• Determine how and when Venus was resurfaced• Estimate lithospheric thickness variations with time• Identify sources and rates of recent and active volcanism Above, A colour coded view ...

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