Luxel built LUXFilm® Polyimide/ Carbon filters for the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that launched in 1997. The flight reached its research target Saturn in 2004, and shortly thereafter the Huygens probe separated and landed on the moon Titan while the Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. The mission has been providing data from the ...
October 27, 2015Chris Minney
A small, but complex mass of solar plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the sun on Sept. 1-3, 2015. It was stretched and pulled back and forth by powerful magnetic forces in ...
September 25, 2015Chris Minney
NASA's Cassini probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade, just sent back a handful of gorgeous images of the planet's rocky moon Dione. The picture above, taken on Wednesday, shows a close-up of Dione's surface with the bright rings of Saturn peeking out from ...
The Sun sure has been acting up lately. Early this morning it let loose with yet another in a veritable string of flares — gargantuan explosions of radiation and solar material — many of them pointed toward Earth. Solar material ...
On Earth, we’re used to seeing a crescent moon—so much so that we barely pay attention to it. But imagine seeing three crescent moons at the same time. This is what NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured on March 25, 2015. The rare image shows three of Saturn’s 62 moons: Titan (the largest ...
On April 28, 2015, a very large "solar prominence" erupted from the Sun, resulting in these awesome images recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and ESA/NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Eruptions like this are actually quite common, and often very beautiful. The prominence itself (also sometimes known as ...
May 27, 2015Chris Minney
The surface of Rhea has been sculpted largely by impact cratering, each crater a reminder of a collision sometime in the moon's history. On more geologically active worlds like Earth, the craters would be erased by erosion, volcanoes or tectonics. But on quieter worlds like Rhea, the craters remain until ...
May 27, 2015Chris Minney
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is well under way to prepare the spacecraft for a six-month encounter with the dwarf planet that ...
November 17, 2014Chris Minney
Look at these images (captured using Luxel filters) of beautiful coronal loops coming out of the Active Region AR2192. We can see them as solar plasma is attached to the magnetic field lines extending outward of the region and looping back into the Sun....
October 25, 2014Chris Minney
NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit around Red Planet NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the ...
September 24, 2014Chris Minney