AstroDrone – new iPhone app from The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA), issued a new free app for iPhone. By this program the iPhone turned into the “home drone” controller of spacecraft. The users of Parrot Ar.Drone quadcopter, can use additional reality methods, to make the attempt dockings with a simulated International Space Station (ISS) for real. Also the app helps to improve more robotic methods in the game. This app named AstroDrone, is a part of the European Space Agency (ESA)’s new scientific project, which will teach the robots to navigate environments. The new app will help the scientists to test the crowdsource process in practice. For the result the the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to have more autonomous spacecraft, which can reliably maneuver.

TGO and EDM for ExoMars Mission

For the determination the existing the life on Mars, the European Space Agency (EAS) and Russian federal agency signed a contract. This contract allows them to work together on the ExoMars program. The EAS agreed to provide the Trace Gas orbiter (TGO) and the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) in 2016, and the rover in 2018. The Russian part agreed to be responsible for both missions. Two partners will supply all the scientific instruments and will closely cooperate. By the TGO the researchers will search the presence of methane and other gases on the atmosphere of Mars. Also the TGO will collect information for the 2018 mission. The EDM will lend on Mars in 2016 and will support the key technologies for the mission of rover in 2018.

View of Saturn From Cassini Spacecraft

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has delivered view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn’s shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit. This special, very-high-phase viewing geometry lets scientists study ring and atmosphere phenomena not easily seen at a lower phase. Since images like this can only be taken while the sun is behind the planet, this beautiful view is all the more precious for its rarity. The last time Cassini captured a view like this was in Sept. 2006, when it captured a mosaic processed to look like natural color.

Rare Transit of Venus

The transit of Venus across the sun is one of the rarest celestial sights visible from Earth, one that wowed scientists and amateur observers around the world Tuesday (June 5). The event, arguably the most anticipated skywatching display of the year, marked the last time Venus will cross the sun (as seen from Earth) for 105 years. Venus transits occur when Venus reaches a point in its orbit that brings the planet directly between the Earth and the sun.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S III Smartphone

Samsung has launched its Galaxy S III smartphone, which it hopes will help solidify the company as the leading challenger to Apple and its iPhone 4S. The new smartphone, with a whopping 4.8-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera, was unveiled at a slick launch party in London on Thursday. Billed by Samsung as having been designed for humans, the phone features voice and eye-recognition technology that the company hopes will set the handset ahead of its rivals in the crowded smartphone market.

Huge Space Rock May Have Collided With Earth 13000 Years Ago

New evidence supports the idea that a huge space rock collided with our planet about 13,000 years ago and broke up in Earth’s atmosphere. This impact would have been powerful enough to melt the ground, and could have killed off many large mammals and humans. According to researchers it may even have set off a period of unusual cold called the Younger Dryas that began at that time. The idea that Earth experienced an asteroid or comet impact at the start of the Younger Dryas has been controversial, in part because there is no smoking-gun impact crater left behind as with other known events in our planet’s past.

Orange Announces First Intel-powered Android Phone for Europe

Orange will be the first to offer a Medfield-powered Android phone in Europe. Codenamed Santa Clara, and arriving some time this summer, it looks pretty similar to Intel’s reference model, in both design and specs.The phone totes a 4-inch 600 x 1024 display, with a solid 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video and burst capture of up to 10 shots within a second. The Santa Clara runs on Intel’s Atom Z2460 processor, clocked at 1.6GHz. The device can handle HSPA speeds of 21.1Mbps down and 5.6Mbps up, while HDMI-out is housed within the MHL port.

Amasia the Next Supercontinent in North Pole

According to scientists at Yale University America and Eurasia will crash into each other over the North Pole in 50-200 million years time. A supercontinent last formed 300 million years ago, when all the land masses grouped together on the equator as Pangaea, centred about where West Africa is now. After looking at the geology of mountain ranges around the world, geologists had assumed that the next supercontinent would form either in the same place as Pangaea, closing the Atlantic Ocean like an accordion, or on the other side of the world, in the middle of the current Pacific Ocean.