by Nick Glossop on August 31, 2012
Michio Kaku delivers the Universe in a Nutshell and provides an entertaining thumbnail sketch of the history of physics, from Aristotle to the sparticles. And while you are enjoying the lecture, you might as well contemplate this recently released image of the transit of Titan across Saturn as captured by the Cassini probe.
As the seasons have changed in the Saturnian system, and spring has come to the north and
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Earlier today the nuclear-powered Curiosity Rover successfully completed its 9-month space journey and touched down safely on the Red Planet. Images to be posted here as they become available.
Live screen-capture from NASA TV
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CGP Grey passes judgement on the status of the ninth planet. Sorry, Pluto, you’re out.Comments Off on The Planetude Of Pluto
This computer simulation shows a star being shredded by the gravity of a massive black hole. Some of the stellar debris falls into the black hole and some of it is ejected into space at high speeds. The areas in white are regions of highest density, with progressively redder colors corresponding to lower-density regions. The blue dot pinpoints the black hole’s location. The elapsed time corresponds to the amount of
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Crashing: when your orbit coincides with the ground.…
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NASA released images of a powerful solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the sun before blasting into space. The flare was recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, which is part of a 5-year mission focused on the sun. NASA described the eruption as “a beautiful prominence eruption producing a coronal mass ejection,” known as a CME. It was not directed towards
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by Michelle Lovegrove Thomson on April 12, 2012
On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to see the earth from space, igniting the space race and the ripening desire to exceed ourselves, and our planet. Filmmaker Christopher Riley and a group of collaborators have made a visually stunning film recreating our first foray into the stars.
From the First Orbit website:
In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and …
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To commemorate the end of the Shuttle program, a LEGO shuttle was lifted from central Germany into Earth orbit. The craft reached a height of 35,000 metres using a 1600g weather balloon.Comments Off on Lego Space Shuttle Sent Into Orbit