By: Michael Totten
Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon proved that reaching the moon safely was possible. All that is necessary is the political, economic, and public will to support the endeavor. A new frontier is achievable Armstrong's mission proved that existing science could successfully land a...
Astronomical explanation of the summer solstice
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The summer solstice occurs when the Earth´s axial tilt reaches its highest point at 23° 26´ altitude either north or south of the equator. During the solstices, the Hemispheres are most inclined towards the Sun. The summer solstice occurs twice a year around June...
The Vernal Equinox explained
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The vernal equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the center of the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This occurs around March the 21st of every year. The word equinox comes from the Latin word aequus, which means equal and nox, meaning night. On the...
Is mining the asteroids possible?
By: Toni Macdonald
Is mining the asteroids possible? The short answer is no. While it seems perfectly feasible, it is not possible at this moment due to a number of conflicting factors. These factors guarantee the impossibility of mining the asteroids at the present time, but include a...
By: Michael Totten
Asteroid mining is no longer only a subject for science fiction. James Cameron believes so firmly that mining the asteroids is possible that he has backed it with a considerable chunk of his own money. So have Google co-founder Larry Page and real estate developer...
By: Terrence Aym
According to the European Space Agency (ESA) one of the most dangerous, toxic substances on Earth, nuclear waste, may become the future fuel for interplanetary freighters and space luxury liners.What to do with nuclear waste has been the subject of spirited debates since the...
The speed of light explained
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The speed of light in a vacuum, like that of the outer space, travels at 299,792,458 meters (186,282 miles) per second. In physics the speed of light is denoted as c, and is the greatest speed at which all matter and energy...
NASA's Curiosity rover sees Martian moon bite into the sun
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
The Mars Curiosity Rover from NASA continues to be nothing short of a masterful success as it has once again provided yet another “first time ever” image from the “Red Planet” known as Mars. Rover has sent a truly astonishing photograph of an...
The role of spectroscopy in astronomy
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Astronomical spectroscopy is one branch of spectroscopy that deals with the physical and chemical properties of astronomical objects. It is a technique that measures the absorbed, emitted or scattered light of materials. Spectroscopy´s role in astronomy involves the determination of a variety of stellar...
How a neutron star is formed
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
A neutron star is an extremely compressed star with high densities similar to those found in the nucleus of an atom. The densely, compacted neutron star could contain in its interior thousands of earth-like planets. The size of a neutron star is about the size...

 

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