Take a moment to imagine how the night sky will look a few hours from now. The lights of the Bay Area may shine around you, making the darkness a little lighter. And of course there’s likely to be some fog. Still you’ll probably see a few stars, glowing dimly against an endlessly dark backdrop.
But drive further away from the city, perhaps up to Mt. Tamalpais, and the night sky dazzles.
Surprise! These days the space shuttle Endeavor flies 747 like the rest of us.
The retired NASA ship is hitching a piggyback ride from Sacramento to its new home in Los Angeles this Friday. This is the last – and for many of us the only – chance to see Endeavor in the air. The convoy, which started in Houston on Wednesday, will make several low passes at Bay Area landmarks, including the state capitol in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Nasa Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
On today's Your Call, in light of NASA’s historic landing of the $2.5 billion “Curiosity” rover on Mars, we’ll talk about space. A planning group is taking a look at how the agency will continue exploring Mars beyond the missions operating today. Who decides where we explore? What space missions are we NOT hearing about? Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What role do you think NASA should play in the future? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.
What’s the size of a car, but travels 13,000 miles an hour? That would be the Curiosity Mars Rover, which touched down on the Red Planet last night after eight months of travel and what NASA engineers called “seven minutes of terror.”