Tagged: space

“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

Last chance — almost! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 20, 2010

With the retirement of NASA’s shuttle fleet later this year we won’t be seeing images like this any more. This shows Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Atlantis 50 minutes before docking last weekend. The last planned trip for Atlantis. Have a look at the full image [...] … Read More

All passengers: please remember your space insurance - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Apr 29, 2010

Excellent stuff, this, and a fitting way of both apologising for my recent absence, and attempting to be sufficiently interesting to lure my readers (who have no doubt wandered) back to the fold. Aah, look at them playing so nicely together! Although this can't possible be safe... The topic of today’s post?  … Read More

Orbital debris, the ISS, moon and sun - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 09, 2010

Here’s an animation showing the accumulation of debris in near earth orbit due to human activity since 1957. It does look very cluttered but remember the articles aren’t to scale. YouTube – Space debris over time. And where is all the junk coming from (click on image to get more detail – thanks to Michæl Paukner’s [...] … Read More

A space nerd’s Easter - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2010

Easter was a great time for space nerds. I certainly enjoyed myself. Got to see several passes of the International Space Station (ISS). Once you know the times it’s easy to find. These days it is so bright – and of course it’s moving. Have a look at Heavens Above. Register and enter your location. It’s [...] … Read More