An overview of the flight of Vostok II, August 1961
By: Paul Rance
The Soviet Union's Vostok II mission was one of the most important early space flights. It was also a remarkable achievement by young cosmonaut Gherman Titov to achieve his mission as he felt unwell through most of his flight. First 24 Hour Orbit of Earth...
NASA: 2012 may bring dangerous solar superstorms
By: Terrence Aym
Could a 2012 magnetic superstorm generated by the sun destroy America or northern Europe's fragile technology?No less than NASA thinks it's a distinct possibility. In a remarkable move the normally conservative US space agency has taken the extraordinary step of issuing ongoing warnings.The...
By: Leigh Goessl
On Dec. 5, astronomers were elated to find that Kepler, NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft, has found its first Earth-like planet. Scientists have confirmed the discovery of its first 'Goldilocks' planet on this mission. A 'Goldilocks' zone is an area in outer space where the right conditions...
Probability of life on other planets
By: Susan Shevlane
The phenomenal discovery of a planet similar to Earth, by NASA on Monday 5th December, is truly a leap for our expectation on finding other life in the universe. However, it is currently placed outside our solar system and therefore only viewable through a telescope...
By: Terrence Aym
The Kepler orbiting space telescope rocked astronomers in early December 2011 by detecting the most earth-like planet ever discovered.Thrilled scientists said the planet named Kepler-22b may have oceans, large land masses—even support life.What makes Kepler-22b especially exciting to astronomers, astrophysicists and exobiologists...
New study finds life possible on 'large parts' of Mars
By: Terrence Aym
For decades the debate has raged over whether Mars has life—or ever supported life. Now a team of Australian scientists report in the journal Astrobiology ["An Extensive Phase Space for the Potential Martian Biosphere"] that Mars probably not only has existing life, but the...
By: Bruce Tyson
Scientists now report a huge gas cloud at the center of our galaxy, setting the stage for a stellar spectacle as it gradually succumbs to a massive back hole. This will be the first time humans will watch a black hole swallow a gas cloud...
By: Patrick Sills
An exoplanet is an extra-solar planet located out of the familiar solar system that humans on planet Earth occupy. The existence of such planets outside of this solar system has been speculated on for decades, if not centuries, but wasn’t confirmed until the 1990s...
By: Patrick Stephen Baker
Phobos and Deimos: The moons of Mars - The two small moons of Mars were discovered in 1877 by Astronomer Asaph Hall working at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. Hall named the two natural satellites; Phobos (Greek for fear or panic) and Deimos...
Facts about Venus
By: Steven Mars
Venus is the second closest planet to the sun in the solar system. The order of the planets starting from the closest to the farthest is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The only object in the night sky that is...

 

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