Category: Space Exploration

future exploration

see the Cassini Grand Finale - End of Mission 9/15/2017

cassini-huygens era

The Cassini-Huygens era how does an astronomer work? In July 2004 the Cassini mission finally arrived at Saturn and entered into orbit around the planet, visiting the whole system. Even our wildest models and speculations hadn’t prepared us for what we’ve seen ...

Good-bye Cassini

I was at Caltech in California on September 15 2017, with 1500 other people, colleagues, friends and their families, to witness the «end-of-mission» event for Cassini. Early in the morning, at 2 am, I got up and drove to the site, ...

A Montgolfière for 40000 pounds…

    You know by now that I’m very interested in hot-air balloons (or Montgolfière as they were called by reference to their inventors, the Montgolfier brothers who lived during the second half of the 18th century in France). I imagined them ...

Titan exploration into the future

    We have finally recently found out which way things are planned to go for future exploration into the Outer Solar System. The decision from the two agencies (NASA and ESA) was posted on: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/20090218.html   As an extract: “National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European ...

Busy times for Outer solar system exploration

            As you can see from my feature article, I am very much involved in the preparation studies for future space explo-ration of our Solar System. Besides Pluto (recently demoted to a dwarf planet to be studied NASA’s mission New Horizons), ...