This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.
On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.
When Gustav Holst composed his orchestral suite “The Planets,” he definitely had the solar system in mind. A local concert aims to add the picture Holst might have envisioned in a multimedia experience.
In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the new concert from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory Wind Symphony that combines the piece with high-definition photographs of the solar system and a high-definition film from NASA solar system explorations.
NASA's Curiosity rover has found definitive proof that water once ran across the surface of Mars, the agency announced today. NASA scientists say new photos from the rover show rocks that were smoothed and rounded by water. The rocks are in a large canyon and nearby channels that were cut by flowing water, making up an alluvial fan.
"You had water transporting these gravels to the downslope of the fan," NASA researchers say. The gravel then formed into a conglomerate rock, which was in turn likely covered before being exposed again.
From double and triple stars to navigation tactics all the way to the Andromeda galaxy, the Warkoczewski Observatory's Friday night stargazing provides education and entertainment atop Royall Hall. They're currently gearing up for the Venus Transit tomorrow afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (more infomation below).
Data from a mission to the second largest body in the asteroid belt that's between Mars and Jupiter seems to confirm that Vesta is indeed a protoplanet that dates back to the early days of our solar system.
Space.com reports that scientists theorized that Vesta had started down the path toward becoming a planet and data from the Dawn Mission confirms those suspicions. Space.com reports: