Monday, December 31, 2012

Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope is presented by INOVE, a web development team. They develop web design with space and astronomical imagery. Solar System Scope is one of four interactive modeling programs using Adobe Flash available through the site. There is a top menu bar that gives access for the social networks and the other programs. Menu tools are located around the main viewing screen. Ads are placed on both sides of the screen. There are many settings available and you can move the virtual Solar System to just about any viewing angle. Bringing your mouse over a star or planet gives you item information. You can zoom in and out and rotate for views you can't get anywhere else. Double click on a planet zooms in and gives you a closer look. A very interesting way to look at the Solar System.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Isaac Newton Group Of Telescopes

The Isaac Newton Group Of Telescopes (ING) consists of three telescopes on the Canary Islands operated by the UK, the Netherlands and Spain. The website posts the latest news, images and videos from all the telescopes on the main page. At the top is a menu of four categories that take you deeper into the website and allow you to follow the instruments activities. Under Astronomy you can learn about applying for time on a scope, view observing logs (I recommend the HTML version), and view current weather and seeing information among many other subjects. The Developments section gives you information on the various instruments. The Public Information section has access to archives and highlights along with the Public Releases. The bottom of the main page provides links to search the site, a site-Map, and contact information. ING is also on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Space Reporter

The Space Reporter is a news aggregate that focuses on space related items. The site's main page has a menu across the top where news items are separated into subjects including Astronomy, NASA, Moon, Solar System and more. The right side is advertising. News items are listed with the latest on top and include graphics. Editors for The Space Reporter appear to write most of the stories presented. Material generally come from public sources including NASA. News story pages include more advertising in the middle and end of each story. Stories include graphics and videos for illustration. All stories provide a comments section at the end. You must provide an email address to post. The Space Reporter joined Facebook in November of 2012 and is active on Twitter.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is made up of organizations and individuals from around the world, promoting the "development, construction and operation of a Space Elevator". The website is easy to navigate with two menus across the top to take you to various aspects of the organizations efforts. The main page has a image slider that displays scenes from ISEC activities. On the right you'll find a Calendar module and a module for signing up for their eNewsletter. The top menu separates information about what a Space Elevator is and what ISEC is and does. The second menu provides access to more in-depth information about ISEC and its activities. Especially interesting is the "Get Involved" tab that has a "Volunteer" item on the pull down. This page presents three (at this time) ways that you can volunteer to help make a Space Elevator possible. You can keep up with Space Elevator activities through the Blog at The Space Elevator Blog

Monday, December 17, 2012

Canadian Space Agency

"December 19th, 2012, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to reach the International Space Station". He will be there for 5 months doing experiments, operating the Canadarm2 and will "oversee operations as 1st Canadian Commander of the ISS as of March 2013".The Canadian Space Agency was established in 1989 and has four main programs: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. The websites main page provide immediate news items and access to major articles on the website. The menu bar across the top differentiates Audiences, Agency Activity Sectors, Visitor Resources, and Useful Links. Selection of links brings up the new page but keeps a main menu at the bottom. There are extensive sections devoted to the wide variety of space related activities under management of the agency. The menu's on the website are clear and intuitive. You can stay connected with the Canadian Space Agency through all of the major social networks.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is a “world-class prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider. SNC is a high-tech electronics, engineering, and manufacturing corporation”. The main web page has eight graphic tabs the display specific information about each area of interest. In August Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser completed the first milestone of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Initiative. The Space tab takes you to a single page with referrances to particular space products. A link on this page takes you to a new website - There you'll find four tabs that detail the space technologies, spacecraft, propulsion and space explorations systems. Here is yet another private company advancing our space programs. You can follow SNC Space on You Tube and Facebook.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy is a blog written by Phil Plait, hosted on the daily web magazine, Slate. A quick scroll down the page and you'll find awesome images, the latest news and embedded links. There are a couple of Blogs written every day so there is always something new to view. Phil is an astronomer, lecturer, and author. His perspective of the Universe is written for everyday people. Most of the blogs are space related, but some are more science in general. Being hosted on Slate, there is a constant column of advertising on the right and the occasional ad between blogs. The blogs are dated with times and the latest is on top. At the end of each blog you can Tweet, email, print or comment . You can follow Bad Astronomy on Facebook, Twitter, and an RSS feed.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Golden Spike Company

All Aboard! The whistles blowing and it's time to board the train. The Golden Spike Company has announced its intention to "mount Lunar expeditions for governments, companies, and individuals". The website provides several ways to learn more about how this is to be achieved. Up front you can watch a short You Tube video to get your really excited. Then you can slide the main graphic to learn more about the company or you can use the menu across the top of the page. Under Resources is a very detailed technical paper about the companies evaluations of feasibilities in different aspects of travel to the moon, for profit. There is much more to come with The Golden Spike Company. Join the mailing list or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Universe Today

Universe Today brings together a wide variety of space news that has been published in other media. If you are looking for something different, odd or eclectic, you'll find it here. The website has a menu banner across the top of the page. There you find out how to become a member and remove the prolific ads that permeate the site. The Carnival Of Space tab is full of space news bits and pieces written by other bloggers and writers. The Forum is a CosmoQuest based forum. The Guide To Space provide a detailed overview of our universe. The Telescope Guide is powered by FindTheBest and presents a telescope comparison chart. You can refine the scope chart by changing any of the 10 parameters listed on the left. There are also contact and privacy policy tabs for you to use. You can Follow Universe Today on all the major social networks.