During that test, the spacecraft's emergency motor was sacked 45 seconds into the flight, at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4,876 meters), slamming the rocket booster with 70,000 pounds of thrust and forceful exhaust. Executives at the company, which was started by Bezos in 2000, said the company planned to launch test flights beginning next year, Reuters reported.
The team is calling one of the new moons an " oddball " because of its unusual orbit. The real oddity of this discovery is the twelfth new moon, which has been described as a real " oddball " for a number of reasons. It has a prograde orbit at a distance where the rest of Jupiter's moons have retrograde orbits. With 67 other known moons flying around Jupiter, there's already a good amount of traffic around the gas planet, as shown in the illustration above.
And the company appeared to nail the test. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the spacecraft to an altitude of 389,846 feet. (Blue Origin via You Tube) New Shepard's capsule fires its retros as it touches down for a landing. The company's Florida team was watching today's webcast, as was the team at Blue Origin's headquarters in Kent, Wash., where New Shepard hardware is manufactured.
Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science is on the hunt for Planet Nine , a hypothetical planet many astronomers think should exist in the distant reaches of our Solar System, beyond Pluto . Most of the moons are the size of large asteroids, measuring between one and three kilometers (about two-thirds of a mile to two miles) in diameter.
The scientists embarked on a yearlong process that involved several observations to confirm the moons' existence, according to a Carnegie Institution for Science press release . This brings the total of known Jovian moons to 79. It's out where the outer, retrograde moons are, but it's orbiting Jupiter in the prograde direction, driving into the oncoming traffic.
On Sept. 22, 2017, scientists using the IceCube observatory detected a high-energy neutrino striking the Antarctic ice. Blazars are the central cores of giant galaxies that host an actively accreting supermassive black-hole at their heart, where matter spiralling in forms a hot, rotating disc that generates enormous amounts of energy, along with a pair of relativistic jets.