Commander Chris Hadfield’s Twitter account has provided some fantastic moments from the nearly 6 month he has spent in space most recently with the unforgettable Space Oddity. As something a little different I have taken a look at the top words from the 1,553(ish) tweets he made while on the ISS which are visualised in the image ... Read more.
I have come to the conclusion that not nearly enough films are set in space, I also have a feeling I have seen a significant number of the films that are. To hopefully prove myself wrong I have decided to come up with a list of every film that is set in space or another ... Read more.
Well hasn’t this been an interesting week for discoveries, first a solar system with four suns was identified and now a planet in the closest star system to our own, Alpha Centauri, has been discovered. The quadruple star system is composed of par of stars orbiting a common centre of mass which are in turn ... Read more.
With the passing of Neil Armstrong on Saturday, I thought it would be a good to remember to other pioneers who were the first to achieve the landmark milestones of space exploration. First person in space and in orbit – 12th April 1961 – Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1 First to splashdown after reaching space ... Read more.
The first few images from the Curiosity Rovers successful landing on Mars are coming back, these from inside Gale Crater near foot of Sharp Mountain. Initially the images are being sent back at 25% resolution. This first photo is from the wide-angle lens on one of the rover’s rear left Hazard-Avoidance cameras and the second photo shows ... Read more.
With the Mars Curiosity landing just a few hours away I thought it would be a good time to list some of the facts about the rover and it’s mission. Overview Curiosity is just the name of the rover; the overall mission is referred to as the Mars Science Laboratory or MSL Of the previous ... Read more.
The Hubble Telescope has discovered a fifth moon in orbit around Pluto. This adds to its current satellites Charon, Nix, Hydra and the unnamed P4 (discovered 20th of July 2011). The newest discovery, currently referred to as P5, is estimated to be an irregular shape about 10 to 24 km across making it the smallest of the moons. ... Read more.
A 360 degree panorama of the Martian landscape combined from 817 photos taken the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been released by NASA. The photos were taken while the rover was stationary on the rim of the Endeavour Crater for four months during the most recent Martian winter. Presented in false colour many interesting details such as the rovers tracks and the ... Read more.