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New Crater On Mars

New Crater On Mars

Some time in the last few years, mars was struck by an other-worldly object…..and the crater has just been found by NASA! The crater spreads approximately 2.5 thousand km across the surface of the red planet. The unusual blue colour is the result of the impact blasting away the top layer of red dust to reveal a darker coloured rock below. This impact site is a major reminder of how violent our solar system is and also how close our…

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Mars Helicopter Testing

Mars Helicopter Testing

Credit: NASA NASA intend to add an aerial dimension to their future missions by implementing helicopter-like drones. It is widely believed that flight on Mars is next to impossible especially when it involves heavier than air machinery. This equipment can assist in the surveillance of cliffs, caves and other terrain that would be impossible for humans to explore. The Mars Helicopter will launch with the Mars 2020 rover on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in July 2020 at…

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No Sun Spots

No Sun Spots

Recent reports from NASA have shown that the Sun is free from any sun spots and even show no solar flare activity! No need to panic…..the sun has been free from its regular ‘spot and flare’ activity for about 16 days now and this is showing that a ‘Solar Minimum’ is on the way. This part of an 11 year cycle which is perfectly normal and results in the sun being calm for a period of time. During a Solar…

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The ‘Big Bang’ or ‘Big Silence’??

The ‘Big Bang’ or ‘Big Silence’??

Ok….This is just something that I have wondered about for years. I haven’t even bothered to search Google for a ‘reasonable’ explanation. Why did scientists agree on dubbing the birth of the Universe the ‘Big Bang’? We all know that noise cannot exist in a vacuum…right? So, therefore, noise cannot exist in space….and if noise cannot exist….why was there a ‘Bang’? Just a silly thought for the day!  

Life On The ISS

Life On The ISS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend time on the International Space Station? At an altitude of 270 miles, a rotating crew has occupied the ISS since 2000 and each crew spends 6 months on board. The station has a system of labs, living quarters and a control room and it stretches almost the length of a football field and it is shared by a crew of 6. The ISS orbits Earth approximately once every 97…

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Changes in Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

Changes in Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

Changes in Jupiter’s magnetic field have been detected making it the first planet to share this feature with earth. The discovery was made by the Juno Spacecraft and this will help scientists understand how a planet’s magnetic field can change. Recent data was compared to results taken from earlier missions of Pioneer 10 and Voyager 1 in the 1970s. It is no big secret that storms rage across the planet and researchers believe that these storms are to blame. The…

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