Category Archives: Space Exploration

It could only take 28 years to travel 2.54 million light years!

While it takes light approximately 2.54 million years to traverse the gulf of space between Earth and, for instance, the Andromeda Galaxy, it would take a much shorter amount of time from the point of view of a traveler at … Continue reading

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How Fast a Rocket Has to Launch From Each Planet in the Solar System

Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave. Satellites fight gravity by going just fast enough to free-fall around the planet indefinitely, like the International Space Station, with many travelling … Continue reading

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Watch Alien Worlds Whirl Around a Distant Star

Not too far away, four worlds are orbiting a young, bright star—and now, after staring at the alien stellar system for seven years, we can watch as the planets quietly trace their cosmic loops. There’s something indescribably majestic about watching … Continue reading

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The mystery of methane on Mars

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Images reveal crashed Mars lander

The European Space Agency has tried hard to avoid using the words “crash” or “failure” about its attempted Mars landing but the fate of the spacecraft is cruelly exposed in new pictures. Source: BBC News

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Schiaparelli Mars probe’s parachute ‘jettisoned too early’

Europe’s Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday. Telemetry data recovered from the probe during its descent indicates that its parachute was jettisoned too early. The rockets it was … Continue reading

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Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars

Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending through the martian atmosphere to land on Mars. Schiaparelli will enter the atmosphere at about 21 000 km/h and in less than six minutes it will use a heatshield, a parachute … Continue reading

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China launches two astronauts on its longest-ever space mission

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Mission complete: Rosetta’s journey ends in daring descent to comet

ESA’s historic Rosetta mission has concluded as planned, with the controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years. Confirmation of the end of the mission arrived at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany at … Continue reading

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Rosetta probe heads for comet crash

One of the most audacious space missions ever undertaken is about to come to an end. The Rosetta probe that has been tracking a comet for the past two years is going to deliberately crash itself into the 4km-wide ball … Continue reading

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Philae: Lost comet lander is found

Philae seen from above

Europe’s comet lander Philae has been found. The little robot is visible in new images downloaded from the Rosetta probe in orbit around the icy dirt-ball 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.European Space Agency (Esa) officials say there is no doubt about the identification – … Continue reading

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Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole, taken during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on. The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen on … Continue reading

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Moment SpaceX rocket exploded

SpaceX was fuelling the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket for a test engine firing when the blast happened.

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Probe set for science pass of Jupiter

A probe flown by the US space agency Nasa is about to make its first close approach to the planet Jupiter since going into orbit in July. Juno will pass just 4,200km above the cloud tops of the gas giant … Continue reading

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CONFIRMED: An Earth-like planet has been found in our closest neighbouring star system

European Southern Observatory (ESO) officials have finally confirmed that they have discovered a new exoplanet candidate named Proxima b inside the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri – a red dwarf star in our closest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri. This is … Continue reading

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One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles

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Jupiter’s Moons Dance as Juno Approached

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Watch live as NASA’s Juno mission attempts to enter Jupiter’s orbit

The biggest space event of the year is happening soon. On July 4, NASA’s un-crewed Juno spacecraft will end its nearly five-year journey through space and embark on a mission to study the planet Jupiter like never before. But first, … Continue reading

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British rocket engine ready for Jupiter task

When the US space agency’s latest probe to Jupiter tries to enter into orbit around the planet on Tuesday, it will be relying on a British rocket engine. The Juno satellite is rapidly bearing down on the gas giant after … Continue reading

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Rosetta comet probe given termination date

The Rosetta probe will be crash-landed on Comet 67P on Friday 30 September, the European Space Agency has confirmed. The manoeuvre, which is expected to destroy the satellite, will bring to an end two years of investigations at the 4km-wide … Continue reading

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