An apocalyptic end-of-days scenario involving a mysterious planetary body may not be as unlikely as it appears, as evidenced by a massive joint simulation by NASA and FEMA anticipating a worst-case strike.
Israel’s Ofek-11 surveillance satellite transmitted its first images Thursday, nine days after it was launched into orbit, dispelling concerns that it might have been lost in space, the Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries said in a joint statement.
Spectacular photos of Israel and the Middle East, taken from the Space Station and released by NASA on Wednesday, prove what much of the world already knows: Israel is quite literally a light unto the nations.
NASA successfully launched the Atlas 5 rocket that will carry the satellite, Osiris-Rex, on its billion dollar seven year, 9 billion mile, round-trip voyage to the asteroid Bennu. Its mission: to seek out the origins of life on Earth.
The designers of the Israeli satellite that exploded on Friday say that the incident caused personal devastation and marked a huge setback for the Israeli space industry, but they’re staying positive about the future.
The fledgling Israeli space program suffered a major setback on Thursday when the SpaceX rocket, set to carry its communications satellite into orbit, exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida two days before the scheduled launch.
On the anniversary of the death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was killed in the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle 13 years ago, remnants of the shuttle are brought to Israel during an annual conference on Israel’s space program held in Ramon’s honor.