Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, Expedition 29 flight engineer, holds a still camera while looking through a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station Space Station. ISS029-E-033716 (30 Oct. 2011)
This animation shows how a hypothetical future mission might eventually employ 'tractor beam' technology. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Conceptual Image Lab)
Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles and delivering them to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft for analysis.
NASA is giving the public the power to journey through the solar system using a new interactive Web-based tool. The "Eyes on the Solar System" interface combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft and explore the cosmos. Screen graphics and information such as planet locations and spacecraft maneuvers use actual space mission data.
This extraordinary view of our planet Earth offers a very brief sneak peek #FromSpace of an exciting project we're working on for @FragileOasis. With our thanks to musician and pioneering advocate for human rights, Peter Gabriel. "Did you think that your feet had been bound By what gravity brings to the ground? Did you feel you were tricked By the future you picked? Well, come on down ..."