Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.
February 2015 – It was a dark and stormy night for February’s 60 Minutes in Space but a valiant group of folks plowed through the snow to be here!
This month’s presentation takes place in Ricketson Auditorium. Dr. Dimitri Klebe talks about Scholz’s star, the failed star that passed within a light year of our own sun.
Next, he covers the Case of the Missing Pulsar. Scientists measured the space-time warp in the gravity of a binary star system and determined the mass of a neutron star -- just before it disappeared.
He wraps up with the latest results from the Planck Telescope which indicate that the Dark Ages of the Universe lasted 100 million years longer than previous estimates by other telescopes.
Dr. Steve Lee brings us up to date on Opportunity rover’s marathon achievement. Opportunity is nearing a location on Mars at which its driving distance will surpass the length of a marathon race. Next, a look at Curiosity rover’s third drilling site in an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
At the date of recording, the Dawn spacecraft was closing in on dwarf planet Ceres. Steve takes a look at the most recent images and the timeline for Dawn to be captured into orbit around Ceres.
Finally, Steve covers the latest on the Rosetta mission including some stunning images captured by the orbiting spacecraft.