Friday, 18 January, 2019

Tag: Solar System

Preparing For The Asteroid Apocalypse

Preparing For The Asteroid Apocalypse

Among Earth’s natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, earthquakes—the one humans probably ponder least is asteroids, huge objects zipping through our solar system at ludicrous speeds. Federal officials call an asteroid or comet collision “low probability, but high consequence,” NASA-speak for it will probably never happen, but if it does we’re toast. With that in mind, the U.S. and

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ExoMar’s First Photos From Orbit

ExoMar’s First Photos From Orbit

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter entered the Martian atmosphere in October 2016. Almost two years later, it’s finally manoeuvred itself into a position to begin its two mission directives: Sniff out Mars’ atmosphere for some gnarly fart clouds and take some dope space pics. The spacecraft achieved a nearly circular orbit, roughly 249 miles (400 kilometres)

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Tiangong-1 Crashing To Earth

Tiangong-1 Crashing To Earth

Tiangong-1 (Chinese literally: “Celestial Palace 1”) is China’s first prototype space station, serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities. Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/Grocket on 29 September 2011, it is the first operational component of the Tiangong programme, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023. Tiangong-1

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