Tagged: space

Civil Geeks: Exoplanetpalooza

Astronomers in Hawaii play a critical role in the search for planets orbiting stars beyond our own solar system. My latest “Civil Geeks” column explores a recent sky survey that identified over 100 new exoplanets. Although the existence of alien life will be hard to prove, it’s becoming increasingly probable....

Kona Science Cafe Serves Up Martian Medicine

With human space exploration ambitions now focused on Mars, scientists are tackling the myriad challenges that will face astronauts making the 200 million mile (or so) journey. Tomorrow, a doctor will explore how medical care and health emergencies might be handled for travelers to the Red Planet. Dr. Peter Sim...

First Hawaii Space Launch Fails [Updated]

The first attempted orbital launch from Hawaii failed this evening. The U.S. Air Force-led Operationally Responsive Space mission, ORS-4, launched the islands’ first space-bound rocket from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands on Kauai shortly before 6 p.m. The SuperStrypi rocket was an experimental launch vehicle...

Rocket Shoots Student Science into the Sky

A rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this morning was carrying a scientific payload designed and built by a team of community college students from Hawaii. “Project Imua” was the culmination of an ambitious and unique collaboration among four campuses across the state. When I last wrote...

Six to Spend Year Together for Space Study

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live in a remote, high-elevation geodesic dome, work together, and have their lives monitored to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real. Well, not really. But the ongoing series of long-duration space simulation experiments conducted on the slopes...

Bishop Museum to Showcase NASA Mission to Pluto

A space mission more than a decade in the making will reach its target in the coming weeks, and the Bishop Museum is planning a special program to commemorate the occasion. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006, a $700 million mission to send the first spacecraft to see Pluto and its...

Community College Students Set Sights on Space

In less than two months, a scientific instrument designed and built by students from four community colleges in Hawaii will be launched into suborbital space flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. “Project Imua” saw a major test this week at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at UH Manoa, where...

Voyager Spacecraft

Talk: Voyager Space Program at 37 and Counting

On Wednesday, local space fans will be able to hear first-hand stories from the golden years of the space age. But the best part is that new stories are still being written. In 1977, the United States launched two space probes — Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 — to explore...

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been officially named in honor of a historic Hawaiian painter. Nawahi Crater, located in Mercury’s Calloris Basin, gets its name from native Hawaiian artist Joseph Kaho’oluhi Nawahiokalaniopu’u. It’s one of fifteen names announced last week by NASA’s MESSENGER mission, which...