Tagged: Orbit

Space Station and docked Dragon capsule visible throughout NZ - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 04, 2019

As I write, the Dragon capsule – a spacecraft intended to loft US astronauts into orbit – has been docked with the Space Station for almost 18 hours on its initial test flight. It happens that you will be able to see the station plus capsule passing over New Zealand each evening for the next week or so, before the … Read More

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 18, 2018

Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles; Danielle DeLatte, University of Tokyo; Jerome Gilleron, Georgia Institute of Technology; Samuel Wald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Therese Jones, Pardee RAND Graduate School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Forty-five years have passed since … Read More

Ice ages have been linked to the Earth’s wobbly orbit – but when is the next one? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 10, 2016

By Mark Maslin, UCL Over the last two and a half million years the Earth has undergone more than 50 major ice ages, each having a profound effect on our planet’s climate. But what causes them and how do we predict when the next big ice age will hit? About 40 years ago, scientists realised that ice ages … Read More

“Just So Science” – Eyes of the Heavens - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 15, 2011

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to present to the 100 Level Astronomy class from Victoria University using the planetarium software and datasets we use up at Carter Observatory. It was great fun writing the talk, and performing it on the fly with no tests or dry runs for the scripts, and there were … Read More

50 years after Gagarin - Visibly Shaken

Peter Griffin Apr 11, 2011

Russia is this week remembering the golden age of its space exploration programme with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth, the first manned space flight, which paved the way for human exploration of space. The Herald on Sunday ran the following useful infographic which breaks down the steps in the historic mission back in 1961. Read More

Historic shuttle launch photos - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 14, 2010

The Shuttle launches are always dramatic events. Pity there are only two more planned. They are one event I would have liked to have seen before popping my clogs. However, there are always the photos. And some of the most interesting are those taken from the air, or even from orbit, rather than the ground. [...] … Read More