NASA Spacecraft Ready to ‘Touch’ The Sun as it Prepares For Its Closest Approach

NASA Spacecraft Ready to ‘Touch’ The Sun as it Prepares For Its Closest Approach

On Jan. 19, 2019, just 161 days after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed its first orbit of the Sun, reaching the point in its orbit farthest from our star, called aphelion. The spacecraft has now begun the second of 24 planned orbits, on track for its second perihelion, or closest approach to the Sun, on April 4, 2019. Parker Solar Probe entered full operational status (known as Phase E) on Jan. 1, with all systems online and operating as designed. The spacecraft has been delivering data from its instruments to...
See What Impressive Astronomical Phenomena Will be Observed in 2019

See What Impressive Astronomical Phenomena Will be Observed in 2019

The new 2019 arrives with the promise of spectacular events that will make lovers of astronomy to stare to the night sky. The “Meteor showers” Perseid and Geminid invariably present impressive celestial performances, but there will be other astronomical events during the year that are worth watching, according to Gizmodo website. In 2019, lovers of the night sky will witness a total eclipse of the Sun, three partial Solar eclipses, three super Moons – on January 21, February 19 and March 21, complete and partial lunar eclipse, a rare transit (passage) of Mercury in front of the Sun. The rare...
NASA’s Probe Found Water on an Asteroid

NASA’s Probe Found Water on an Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft just barely reached its goal – the asteroid Bennu, but has already made significant discoveries. One of them is that there is water inside the asteroid, the space agency said. The data of the device show that in the structure of Bennu there are molecules of oxygen and hydrogen that are connected to each other. Scientists say they are abundant in the clay minerals of the asteroid. This means that at some point in its story, Bennu had a touch of water. The asteroid itself is too small to have ever had liquid water. But such was...
Parker Survived His First Approach to the Sun

Parker Survived His First Approach to the Sun

The Parker Spacecraft has successfully passed its first approach to the Sun, NASA reported. This happened on Monday 5th of November, when the device flew 24 million kilometers from the surface of the Star. This makes Parker the only spacecraft that was so close to the Sun. 24 million km. look very much from Earth’s point of view, but for the scale of the Sun and Space is very small. They have exposed Parker to serious heat, strong solar radiation and a solar wind. “The Parker Probe is designed to be able to take care of itself while approaching the...
These are 10 of The Strangest Objects Launched into Space

These are 10 of The Strangest Objects Launched into Space

Probably you have never think the astronauts will bring to Space some of the following items. For some of you they might be strange, for others weird, but for more of us they are simply inspiring! 1.Martian rovers “Spirit” and “Opportunity” are equipped with historical protective fittings – made of metal remains of the World Trade Center in New York, destroyed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 2.About the year 1607, the British colony Jamestown was founded in America. 400 years later the Atlantis shuttle carries a plaque with the name of the city, waiting for its glory time...
Telescope at the South Pole Will Study the Early Universe

Telescope at the South Pole Will Study the Early Universe

The renewed telescope at the South Pole can now be used to study the early Universe. The device now has a new camera that will analyze cosmic radiation and microwaves with great precision, reported the online edition Engadget. The telescope has 16 000 detectors, which is 10 times more than the previous similar experiment. This will allow to detect the smallest changes in temperature when the detector is illuminated by  light. Herby, the device will be able to detect even the weakest residues of ancient microwaves that scientists believe abound in the Universe. Their detection, however, was very difficult with...
Earth’s Magnetic Poles Shift

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Shift

Yes, Earth’s Magnetic Poles Shifts. Regularly. Actually the magnetic poles have switched places many times over the history of the Planet. Within the last 20 million years, the Earth follows a rhythm of that reversal, where in every 200,000 to 300,000 years the Erat’s Northern magnetic pole became southern and the southern – northern. Between every successful shift though, the poles sometimes try to swap again, but not successfully. About 40,000 years ago, poles are made the last failed attempt, and last successful change is about 780,000 years ago. So we’re probably about to switch the magnetic poles again, following...
Orion Span Presents The First Space Hotel in The World

Orion Span Presents The First Space Hotel in The World

A new space startup, called Orion Span, has plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station with hopes to host guests beginning in 2022. Aurora Station is being built in Houston. A 12-day stay at Aurora Station will start at $9.5 million — considerably less than the $20-$40 million space tourists paid for trips to the International Space Station from 2001 to 2009. While the ISS is 357 feet long, Aurora Station will begin at just 43.5 feet long and 14.1 feet wide — roughly the size of a large private jet’s cabin. Visitors to Aurora Station will participate in a 3-month...
Can You Cry in Space?

Can You Cry in Space?

Of course you can! But is it a good idea? If one day you can get on the International Space Station, for example, or just go into orbit around the Earth and fall into weightlessness, you will probably want to shed at least one tear of emotion. You’d better not! Why? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows why. True, his “tear” is a bit more generous than usual, but, as you can see, the tears are not willing to leave you in space. They stay with you. They do not really want to go! At least until you find enough dry...