Tag: space

NASA on the Commons

We’ve previously featured NASA’s wonderful image archive here on TOTD. Now NASA has joined Flicker’s ‘The Commons’ scheme where institutions share photographs with no copyright restrictions. There are some wonderful images on here and they are all available for use

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2010 TK7

It was recently discovered that there is an asteroid that shares an orbit with Earth. Here is some information plus a short piece of animation about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_TK7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGmdSbtkFS0

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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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Milky Way Project

Yesterday saw the launch of the new Zooniverse site – The Milkway Project. This time you are invited to identify bubbles, star clusters, galaxies and ghostly red ‘fuzzy’ objects within the infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope imagery. http://www.milkywayproject.org/

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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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This is quite an effective way of depicting the relative orbital periods of the planets as they circle around the sun. As a bonus, each planet makes a musical note when it completes its orbit. If nothing else, it illustrates just

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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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Moon landing simulator

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. So, technically, we should be linking to a launch simulator. Instead, here’s a moon landing simulator based upon a 1979 arcade game by Atari. http://lander.dunnbypaul.net/ Those with a more

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First Spacewalk

On this day in 1965 Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, performed the first extra-vehicular activity (EVA). This is more commonly known as a spacewalk or moonwalk. Here is a video of the walk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xjaYSLWYOc And here is a more recent one:

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