New Research Gives More Information on Mercury’s Surface

Mercury is different from the Moon and Mars. Mariner showed that the planet was covered by smooth plains and cratered planes but their origin was unknown. So what were they formed by? Scientists studied the surface to see if the planes were formed by volcanic flows or material ejected from Mercury’s impact basins. New images [...]

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The Best View of Exoplanets Planets yet

4 Jupiter mass planets, among the most exotic ones to be known, have been seen in more detail than ever before. Project 1640 picked out these planets using the Hale telescope. These planets orbit a star called HR 8799 which is 128 ly away. Light from planets is hard to make out as the stars [...]

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Our Signpost to Earth, Voyager 1

Voyager 1 has travelled the furthest any -made object has travelled in a straight line (well almost a straight line). We will probably and hopefully overtake it one day with future space technology but today it can bask in glory. It has taken 35 years but this spacecraft is on the brink of leaving the [...]

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Neil Armstrong’s Death to Motivate the Next Big Step?

As you may have noticed Neil Armstrong died a few days ago. This could turn out to be a good thing! It seems to have brought up the fact that our attempts to continue space exploration are just pathetic at the moment. Who would have believed when man walked on the moon that the walk [...]

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Mars Rover Curiosity Is Firing Its Laser

The Mars science lab (nicknamed curiosity) has a laser! It is not for self defence but for analysing rocks. It has fired nearly 500 shots so far and it has produced strong clear data about the Mars surface. When the laser fires it focuses the energy of 1 million lightbulbs onto an area that is [...]

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Plate Tectonics on Mars

When I did a course in Astrophysics the only place that plate tectonics existed was the earth. This it was said was one of the reasons life existed on Earth and if it was to exist elsewhere plate tectonics would be needed. A scientist has now found that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A tectonically [...]

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Something Is Happening before Curiosity Lands on Mars

Not long now and the new Mars science lab will hopefully be deposited on Mars. This will happen on August 5 but there is something else happening on the same day. Only a few hours before the Mars science lab spacecraft reaches the red planet Mars will form a “Martian triangle” With Saturn and Spica [...]

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A New Moon Is Discovered around Pluto

Hubble has discovered a new moon around Pluto. It is just a speck of light in the images Hubble sends back. The moon is irregular in shape and between 10 and 25 km across. It is assumed to be in the same plane as Pluto’s other moons at about 95,000 km from Pluto. This new [...]

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New Images of the Universe from the Spitzer Telescope

(Please wait while the images load it’s well worth it!) The Spitzer space telescope’s infrared array camera (IRAC) has been looking at the solar system right out to the most distant reaches of the universe. NASA is releasing a gallery of the 10 best IRAC images to celebrate this milestone The new images will highlight [...]

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New Evidence about Venus’s Magnetic Field

Venus does not generate an internal magnetic field. This makes it a rarity amongst the planets. This means that Venus does not have a magnetosphere that protects it but the Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with magnetic fields of planets such as Earth. Now there is new evidence for a magnetic reconnection [...]

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Two New Videos of the Moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

As 1000 days in orbit of the NASA lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) have passed two new videos have been released. The first video takes us through the moons evolutionary history and shows how it came to appear the way it does today. The second video gives a guided tour of some prominent locations on the [...]

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The Near Future of Space Travel

A general talking to members of the Dept of defence, FAA and NASA pointed out recently that  spacecraft launch capabilities require too much energy and are extremely costly but that the air force is continuing to look at more efficient space transportation concentrating on engine design and purchasing improvements. He stated that it takes about [...]

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Planets Found Orbiting Twin Stars

One planet called Kepler 16 was discovered some time ago but two new planets called Kepler 34 and Kepler 35 have just been found. Each of these planets revolve around their own double Suns. These discoveries imply that planets revolving around binary stars (Suns that exist as a pair) are common throughout the galaxy. This [...]

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New Most Positive Sign of Water yet Found on Mars

I don’t know how it does it but the Mars rover opportunity continues to send back results from Mars. This one could be very significant as opportunity has found slivers of a bright material that could be gypsum (calcium sulphate). If this is confirmed it will be the most unambiguous sign of water yet found [...]

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Mission to Mars about to Lift off Looking for Life

Look out for the Mars science laboratory launch on November 26, 2011. Curiosity, which is a Rover , will search for elements that are needed to support life which are mainly water and any carbon-based materials. This will give us a good indication of whether Mars was habitable or will be habitable in the future. [...]

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Extreme Weather on an Alien World Found

The hurricanes that we experience on Earth are nothing compared to other alien worlds. Astronomers have observed extreme changes in brightness on a brown dwarf not that far away. These changes may indicate a storm that is bigger than seen on any planet so far. Brown dwarfs and giant planets have similar atmospheres and therefore [...]

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The Plan for the Search for Life on Mars

Scientists have been meeting to talk about the prospects of finding life on Mars. Questions still linger positively or negatively about whether life exists on Mars because the right instruments haven’t been available. The instruments needed are being developed now and  are being refined for future missions. The main challenge is to get them on [...]

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A New NASA project started to See if microbial life Could Exist on Mars

A new large million-dollar NASA project started by theUniversityofMichiganaims to find out if microbial life could exist on Mars. Recently flowing water has been seen on Mars as reported in this weirdwarp post. Beads of water were first photographed on the Mars Phoenix lander’s legs about three years ago. Water could mean life, not little [...]

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Opportunity Rover Pictures From the Edge of the Endeavour Crater on Mars

The Opportunity rover has reached the crater Endeavour and is now sitting near its edge, looking across at the bowl and hills around its rim. Images from the Rover are shown below. (Don’t forget to click on them to make them bigger).      

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Best Evidence yet for Flowing Water on Mars

Where there is water there should be life. NASA has been looking for water for a long time in its long quest searching for life in the solar system. It looks as though now the Mars reconnaissance orbiter has found flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down [...]

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