Tag: space missions

Charting the history of the final frontier

Presenting The International Space Station: past, present and infographic… your visual guide to the history of an international 15 country strong collaboration project conceived as our base camp on the journey to explore the universe.

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Pluto in song

You can’t have missed the excitement about and stunning photos of Pluto with the New Horizons mission finally arriving at the orbit of the world. But we’ve particularly liked Tim Blais of A Capella Science’s ‘Outbound Probe’ which you can

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The Martian

A year or two back we stumbled across Andy Weir’s spellbinding novel The Martian.  One of few books that really is unputdownable once it has you in its grip.  It’s coming out as a film soon and we’ve just seen

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Stellar View

This is a wonderful timelapse video from the International Space Station of stars in low orbit. Sit back and enjoy a stunningly beautiful ride around our planet! http://vimeo.com/38409143

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Satellite re-entry

Parts of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), deployed from the Space Shuttle in 1991, are expected to come crashing to Earth this evening. Quite where the bits will land isn’t known. James Naughtie onBBC Radio 4’s Today wanted to

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Interestingly Shaped Islands

TOTD was recently sent some images taken from the International Space Station, including a view of the island of Juan de Nova off the west coast of Madagascar which looks remarkably like a hat. Here are some more islands with

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Yuri Gagarin

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. For 108 minutes, Gagarin was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth and return. Here’s something from the BBC with links and clips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/astronauts/yuri_gagarin

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Mars:2020:Springtime

What will Mars be like in 2020 – here is one possibility! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjiGH9QNiU0 How many Mars mission can you spot? (Thanks for C for this suggestion)

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50 years of space exploration

Following the successful test flight of NASA’s Ares I-X rocket on 28th October, it’s interesting to see this diagram that depicts the nearly 200 lunar, solar and interplanetary space missions that have been undertaken in the last 50 years. http://books.nationalgeographic.com/map/map-day/ There’s a

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Walking on the Moon

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to step onto the lunar surface. Here’s a collection of video clips, pictures and articles from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2009/moon_landing/default.stm The University of Portsmouth Library also has a display

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