Tagged: Spacecraft

A new crater on the Moon - Out of Space

Duncan Steel May 21, 2019

The scar on the lunar surface produced when the Israeli space probe ‘Beresheet’ slammed into the Moon on April 11 has just been spotted using an orbiting NASA satellite.  Three nations have so far landed spacecraft on the Moon: the USA, the Soviet Union/Russia, and China. A fourth nation, Israel, has attempted to join this club, but its probe (named Beresheet) … Read More

It’s crowded at the edge of the solar system   - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jan 01, 2019

Looking out at the stars it would be easy to think that the solar system is mostly empty, bar the handful of planets circuiting the Sun and the occasional comet we see passing by. The reality, we now know, is that the edge of the solar system contains a vast population of substantial objects orbiting just beyond Neptune, one of … Read More

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 09, 2018

Andrew Coates, UCL This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We all recognise Jupiter by its banded pattern of counter-rotating zones and belts – this can be seen even with small garden telescopes. These stunning structures are powered by fast jet streams that are visible in the planet’s clouds. But what … Read More

No sign of alien life ‘so far’ on the mystery visitor from space, but we’re still looking - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 19, 2017

Ray Norris, Western Sydney University The mystery object discovered earlier this year travelling through our Solar system is showing no signs of any alien life, despite plenty of efforts to look and listen for a signal. Perhaps it’s ironic that the object should arrive in a year when we celebrated the 100th anniversary (on December 16) of … Read More

Zooming in on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 17, 2017

Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer, UNSW The images coming in from NASA’s Juno mission reveal some amazing details of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, after the probe made its closest approach yet of the giant planetary storm system. On Tuesday, Juno flew 9,000km above the most massive storm in our Solar System, thought to have been raging for centuries. During the flyby … Read More

Hayabusa movies might be a plus for science - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Feb 14, 2012

Over the weekend, the second of three films (four if you include a documentary originally made for planetariums that was later released on the big screen) about the spacecraft Hayabusa opened in movie theatres across Japan. Hayabusa (Japanese for Falcon) was the first unmanned spacecraft that traveled to an asteroid, collected a sample of it, and came back to Earth … Read More

TOSP Episode 9: November 7th 2011 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Nov 07, 2011

Greetings, dear listeners! This week, aimee was joined once again by Chelfyn Baxter, co-host of the g33k show, to talk through some of the science stories of the last week.  They included using lasers to rip the universe a new one, Boeing building spacecraft, the weight of the internet, alternate living, radiation-cleaning Aussie nanofibres, asteroids, and some very … Read More