A recent photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows the enormity of Saturn’s rings as compared to its icy moon, Mimas.
But while it appears that the rings are far more massive than Mimas, scientists believe that the mass levels may not be far off. According to NASA, the rings, which are made of small, icy particles are very thin contain only a small amount of actual material.
The Cassini mission is expected to determine the mass of Saturn's rings as the mission winds down by tracking radio signals from the spacecraft as it flies close to the rings.
Visitors to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando will have a new kind of holiday spectacular to check out thanks to a new experience featuring 300 drones.
YouTuber and comedian Tom Mabe has gotten into the Halloween spirit and he's used a drone to do it.
This classic video shows Mabe's "flying reaper" terrifying unsuspecting victims in the park as his skeleton-faced figure dangles from an invisible thread from a drone above.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
A driverless Uber truck recently made a 120-mile trip across Colorado in what is the first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck. San Francisco start-up Otto, which is owned by Uber, successfully made the trip to deliver 2,000 cases of beer for Anheuser Busch.
"If we work to perfect technology, we can shift a lot of these freight hauls to the dead of night and take advantage of our Interstate system when it's underused," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado's department of transportation.
Otto says the truck did have a driver on board in case of an emergency but the truck drove down Colorado’s Interstate 25 without issue.
Enterprise In Space, an international initiative of the nonprofit National Space Society, is teaming with the Kepler Space Institute and tech firms like Made In Space, 3D Hubs, Sketchfab and Prairie Nanotechnology to present Print the Future, a contest that will allow student teams the chance to have something 3D-printed aboard the International Space Station.
Deep inside a 14-by 22 foot subsonic tunnel, engineers at the Langley Research Center in Virginia are using lasers to map the air flow around the new Boeing Blended Wing Body aircraft.
The process used by NASA to test airflow is called particle image velocimetry. During the process, cameras can record the movement of particles as the laser light bounces off them. The engineers can then determine the flow once the images are processed.
The craft, which Boeing says is a greener and quieter airplane, is currently in development.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently announced his company’s plans to colonize Mars with one million people.
The plan, which SpaceX hopes to begin in 2024, would be undertaken by a new spacecraft that could send up to 100 people at a time leading to what Musk says could be a million-strong civilization within a century.
"What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible — make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. "The objective is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multiplanet species.”
NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams returned to Earth recently after his fourth mission aboard the International Space Station
Williams now has a cumulative 534 days in space, the most of any NASA astronaut ever.
“No other U.S. astronaut has Jeff’s time and experience aboard the International Space Station. From his first flight in 2000, when the station was still under construction, to present day where the focus is science, technology development and fostering commercialization. Jeff even helped prepare the space station for future dockings of commercial spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” said Kirk Shireman, ISS Program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We’re incredibly proud of what Jeff has accomplished off the Earth for the Earth.”
In 2010, Williams was part of another NASA milestone as the commander of Expedition 22. During that mission, he became the first astronaut to interact live with NASA followers from space via social media.