The future of astronomy
By: Matt Kelly
What does the future of astronomy hold in an age fraught with excessive light pollution, a waning public interest in space exploration and a seriously impacted budget? The position held by many astronomers both amateur and professional alike is one of cautious optimism. The current...
Product reviews: Williams Optics 7mm UWAN Eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
William Optics have made huge strides in the world of budget wide field eyepieces in recent years, but the Taiwan made UWAN series might just be their best work to date! With the 16mm being perhaps the best eyepiece amongst the collection! The difference between...
By: Slawomir Puk
Military satellites are the long-range eyes and ears of the armed forces of several nations. If war breaks out, both sides will aim to destroy the other’s military spy satellites with ASAT (anti-satellite) weapons. Over three-quarters of all satellites launched are intended for purely...
By: Slawomir Puk
Slowed by three giant parachutes, each as wide as a football field, the first manned craft to Mars descents through the planet’s thin atmosphere. A few hundred metres above the ground, its retro – rockets fire, kicking up some of the rust coloured dust...
NASA uses space lasers to map the world's forests
By: D. Vogt
NASA is currently producing a new type of map of the world's forests, using satellite-based laser technology. It is intended to measure forest height and density around the world, in order to study the extent to which forests function as carbon "traps" or storage, and...
A look at the Kepler space telescope
By: D. Vogt
The Kepler space telescope is NASA's most ambitious effort yet to find Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. This three-foot-diameter telescope was launched in 2009 and has already produced tantalizing evidence of planets which were previously too small for our most sensitive instruments...
Inventions from the space program that are in everyday use
By: Anthony Megna
The space program has produced a ton of spin-offs for everyday use that have benefited our lives tremendously! A common misconception is that Tang was invented by NASA, but that isn't true. Actually, Tang was used in space by our astronauts for the ease of...
By: Leigh Goessl
Over the years scientists have been actively pursuing the idea of finding life on other planets. There is a big universe out there and it is not inconceivable to believe that perhaps life either exists, or once existed on another planet. Scientists have not found...
Product reviews: Scopeteknix 10 part eyepiece and accessory kit
By: Matt Kelly
Call me a big kid if you want but there's just something intrinsically exciting about receiving a gift in a solid metal briefcase. Like a sci fi treasure chest, reassuringly heavy. It was as a Christmas present I received the Scopeteknix eyepiece & accessory kit...
Inventions from the space program that are in everyday use
By: Christyl Rivers
Going to space gave us more than just inspiration. Inventions from the space program include memory foam, dust-busters, micro-chips, Velcro, satellites, (try watching television without them these days!) cell phones, Teflon, several pharmaceuticals and new innovative medical treatments, vacuum tubes, hydroponics plant techniques, GPS...

 

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