space: September 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg A defunct six-ton NASA satellite has fallen to Earth -- prompting the US space agency to say they're not aware of any injuries or property damage.

After its mission which began in 1991, the decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) broke into pieces during re-entry.

NASA say 26 satellite components -- weighing a total of about 1,200 pounds -- would have been expected to survive the fiery re-entry

And while the precise location of debris have not been determined -- data indicates the satellite bits landed in the Pacific Ocean. All we know is that it didn't hit us!

275x250.jpg NASA have released an 'out of this world' photo of Saturn which was taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft while it was in orbit around the planet.

The stunning image -- which it's hard to believe isn't a CGI creation -- was taken as the probe looked back at the eclipsed sun.

And even NASA astronomers are impressed by the resulting image from 800 million miles away, with one saying: "Cassini saw a view unlike any other.

"First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. 

275x250.jpg NASA have released detailed images of the moon landing sites which it's hoped will finally stop conspiracy theorists from claiming they never really landed on the moon.

They say the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites.

This is said to be thanks to LRO lowering its orbit from 50km above the Moon's surface to just 25km.

Images even show the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored the lunar surface in the 1960s and 70s… unless you think they faked these photos too.

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