Space tourism: Virgin Galactic to offer commercial space travel within 18 months
By: D. Vogt
In September 2010, Virgin Atlantic announced its intention to begin redeeming tickets on commercial space flights within the next 18 months - roughly, by some time in early 2012. Many passionate watchers of manned space travel have been waiting in excitement for years for commercial...
Facts about Thebe, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Thebe is a small moon of the planet Jupiter, which was first discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979. One of Jupiter's relatively thin rings, known as the Thebe ring, consists of dust lost from the surface of this moon. It orbits just over 200,000...
The scoop on the uncertainty principle
By: Lydia Epstein
Classic physics in the 18th Century was revolutionized by Isaac Newton's laws of motion where the mass, position, and the motion of celestial bodies were elements of a mechanistic worldview from which all outcomes could be determined. Furthermore, cause and effect defined a scientific reasoning...
Facts about Amalthea, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Amalthea is one of Jupiter's inner moons, along with Thebe, Metis, and Adrastea. It was the first of the inner moons to be discovered, in 1892, and was named after a foster-mother of Zeus in Greek mythology. In the Roman pantheon, the name for Zeus...
Facts about Adrastea, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Adrastea is one of Jupiter's small inner moons, similar in position and composition to Thebe and Metis. After its discovery in 1979, it was given the name of Zeus's foster mother in Greek mythology. In the Roman pantheon, the Greek god Zeus was known as...
Characteristics of the harvest moon
By: B.W. Harold
Aptly called “The Harvest Moon,” the first full moon nearest to the autumn equinox earned its name from farmers who would use the early moon rise for harvesting crops. During the course of the year, the moon will appear faster and faster. By...
Facts about Iapetus, moon of Saturn
By: D. Vogt
Iapetus is one of the moons of the planet Saturn. It is the third-largest in Saturn's moon system (of 62 moons, at last count), and is best known for the bizarre ridge which rings the moon along its equator. Saturn, with 62 moons, has far...
New planet Gliese 581g is first Earth-like planet discovered by astronomers
By: Leigh Goessl
Scientists and society alike have often dreamed of finding another habitable planet in the universe. Being the other planets in our solar system have, for the most part, been determined not to be habitable, astronomers have been exploring further out into space in an attempt...
Facts about Enceladus, moon of Saturn
By: D. Vogt
Enceladus is Saturn's sixth-largest moon. Its name is taken from one of the giant children of Gaia in Greek mythology, who was crippled in battle with Athena and buried beneath (and therefore caused) the Sicilian volcano Mt. Etna. All of Saturn's moons are named after...
Facts about Titania, moon of Uranus
By: D. Vogt
Titania is Uranus's largest moon. It takes its name from a character in the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream. All of Uranus's 27 moons are named from characters in plays, either those of Shakespeare or of Alexander Pope. - Physical Characteristics - Titania...

 

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