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Parker Solar Probe will fly into The Sun’s atmosphere

Parker Solar Probe will fly into The Sun’s atmosphere
NASA has launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The incredibly resilient vessel, vaguely shaped like a lightbulb the size of a small car, was launched early in the morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its trajectory will aim straight for the sun, where the probe will come closer to the solar surface than any other spacecraft in history.
13th August 2018

Horizons mission - preparing for a spacewalk

Known to the crew as an EVA (extravehicular activity), each spacewalk provides a valuable opportunity to carry out repairs, test new equipment and even perform science experiments beyond the confines of a spacecraft.
7th August 2018

Exoplanet detectives create catalogue of ‘light-fingerprints’

Exoplanet detectives create catalogue of ‘light-fingerprints’
Earthbound detectives rely on fingerprints to solve their cases; now astronomers can do the same, using 'light-fingerprints' to uncover the mysteries of exoplanets. Cornell researchers have created a reference catalogue using calibrated spectra and geometric albedos of 19 of the most diverse bodies in our solar system: all eight planets, from rocky to gaseous; nine moons, from frozen to lava spewing; and two dwarf planets, one in the asteroid belt (Ceres) and one in the Kuiper belt (Pluto).
6th August 2018


DDC’s single board computer chosen for robotic mission

DDC’s single board computer chosen for robotic mission
It has been announced by Data Device Corporation (DDC) that the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), developer of the robotic servicing payload for RSGS, has chosen DDC’s SCS750 Single Board Computer (SBC) for use on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 
3rd August 2018

Major space mission to map Earth’s water

Major space mission to map Earth’s water
The microwave engineering company, Flann Microwave, is supplying vital components to the US space agency NASA for a major spaceflight mission making the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water.
20th July 2018

First confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun

First confirmed neutron star merger emerge from behind sun
A research team led by astronomers at the University of Warwick had to wait over 100 days for the sight of the first of confirmed neutron star merger to re-emerge from behind the glare of the sun. They were rewarded with the first confirmed visual sighting of a jet of material that was still streaming out from merged star exactly 110 days after that initial cataclysmic merger event was first observed. Their observations confirm a key prediction about the aftermath of neutron star mergers.
3rd July 2018

Earth becomes a laboratory for the study of distant worlds

Earth becomes a laboratory for the study of distant worlds
The study of exoplanets could help scientists answer big questions about our place in the universe, and whether life exists beyond Earth. But, these distant worlds are extremely faint and difficult to image directly. A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet, and shows that even with very little light -- as little as one pixel -- it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.
2nd July 2018

Harnessing space particles to detect radioactive material

Harnessing space particles to detect radioactive material
Scientists have successfully developed a technology that can harness muons – essentially heavy electrons derived from space particles – to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The £7m project, led by scientists from National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), the University of Glasgow and spin-off company Lynkeos Technology Ltd., could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques.
2nd July 2018

What is a near-Earth asteroid?

We often hear from astronomers and other scientists about 'near-earth asteroids' - lumps of rock and metal that orbit through our Solar System, and pass close enough to our planet to pose an impact risk.
27th June 2018

The impact of solar superstorms on engineering infrastructure

The impact of solar superstorms on engineering infrastructure
The Sun has always been benign towards the Earth, providing light and heat essential to the growth of civilisations. However, as our technology has advanced, so the Sun has become a threat too, with its constantly changing surface plasma creating magnetic storms. Paul Currie, Sales & Marketing Director, MPE, discusses the potential impact of these solar storms in more depth.
26th June 2018


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