The James Webb Space Telescope: To Be Handled With Care

The James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on the move from Maryland to Texas, but how do you transport a giant telescope worth almost 10 billion dollars? Very carefully, obviously. The James Webb Space Telescope is charged with the job of peering into the cosmos and giving humanity an unprecedented look at the universe. …

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Tianzhou-1: Working Towards Long Term Goal Of Space Emigration

Tianzhou-1 will carry experiments aimed at studying cell division in weak gravity, with the ultimate goal of allowing humans to regrow damaged parts on long distance space missions. ICYMI: China Looking to develop reusable rocket technology It might sound a little bit too ‘Star trek’ to be true, but the Chinese government are remotely performing …

Should We Start Thinking About Retiring The International Space Station?

Congress has approved funding for the International Space Station until 2024, but what should we do after that? Many are now suggesting giving the ISS an early retirement. The International Space Station is undoubtedly mankind’s greatest achievement to date. We launched the first component in November 1998 with astronauts boarding on 2nd November 2000. Since …

ESA Successfully launches Sentinel 2B As Part Of Copernicus Program

The fifth Sentinel Earth observation satellite, Sentinel 2B, has been successfully launched and placed in a stable orbit, ready to capture images of the Earth as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program. The program is being hailed as one of the most ambitious Earth observation programs in the world and Sentinel 2B will have a …

NASA Moves Maven To Prevent Potential Martian Mishap

NASA has performed a collision avoidance manoeuver in order to stop one of the Martian satellites, MAVEN, from smashing into one of the Martian moons, Phobos, on March 6th. If the trajectory was left unchanged, the MAVEN spacecraft would most likely collide with the small moon disintegrate upon impact. NASA, however, have been keeping a …