Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Manned Mission to Mars

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Since humans first stepped out of Africa, the hunger to explore the world we live in became a journey that would not stop at planet Earth. The desire to go further resulted in the many Moon landings as well as the first man stepping on another celestial body. This was a massive achievement for the […]

One in a million

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising. But by how much? Of the Earth’s atmosphere, almost 80% is nitrogen. Much of what is left is oxygen. Carbon dioxide makes up less than 1% of the atmosphere. The amount of carbon dioxide is so small that percentages are not used. A unit called […]

Pluto – the wonder planet

Since its discovery in the year nineteen thirty, Pluto was known to be the ninth planet in the solar system and the largest dwarf planet. The discovery of Eris in two thousand and six pushed Pluto to being the second largest dwarf planet in the solar system. It takes the tenth place as the largest […]

NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecraft now together in lunar orbit

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NASA’s twin GRAIL (Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory) spacecraft has been successfully placed in lunar orbit at 2 P.m PST on January 1st 2012. This GRAIL-A was accompanied by GRAIL-B after 43 minutes (2.43 pm) of the launch of GRAIL-A on the same new year day. These two spacecraft are located near-polar,elliptical orbit and their […]

Hubble Directly Observes the Disk Around a Black Hole

International scientists have observed a black hole swallowing up a quasar accretion disc. The quasar disc is approximately 100-300 billion kilometers across and is identified by its brightly glowing matter. Although the disc lays billions of light-years away from Earth, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was recently used in an innovative way to observe phenomena […]

New Insights on How Solar Minimums Affect Earth

Humans have been able to observe and record the goings and comings of sun spots since the early 1600’s. It has been discovered that over an 11 year sun cycle the number of these spots waxes and wanes. Generally more sunspots has been associated with more solar activity and eruptions on the sun, while less […]