Why is there a massive void in space?

Most of us have heard the terms before; interplanetary, interstellar (great movie by the way), intergalactic… but I’m going to go one step higher: Interuniversal. The space between universes… Yes, I’m implying there is more than one, and I’m going to tell you about an observable phenomena that might just prove it. It’s called the […]

This Week in Science History: Feb 27th – Mar 5th

Do you know when humans first landed a probe on a different planet? What about when the National Academy of Sciences was founded? Take a walk back in time with us to find out! February 27th: The medical scientist Charles Herbert Best was born on this date in 1899. Best was a recent graduate of the University […]

NASA discovers seven exoplanets around dwarf star TRAPPIST-1

In a much-anticipated news conference held on Wednesday, NASA announced the discovery of seven planetary bodies in the TRAPPIST- 1 system. TRAPPIST-1 is a small, faint star found in the Aquarius constellation, situated approximately 40 light years away from us! In itself not terribly exciting – we discover news stars all the time – but it […]

Water on Mars – what is the significance?

Yesterday (28th September 2015), Jim Green, the director of planetary science, confirmed that “under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars”. But what does this mean in terms of science, the habitability of Mars, and humanity’s future with the red planet? What did NASA find? Firstly, let’s discuss what NASA has found on […]

Philae’s Last Gasp

Although the Philae lander may have fallen silent, the Rosetta mission continues and the analysis of the data the lander managed to send back has only just begun. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Rosetta or Philae, you can find our previous articles with more information on Rosetta and Philae […]

The Final Fate of Philae

On November 12 2014, the Rosetta probe made history by dropping the Philae lander onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking the first time in history that humanity has successfully landed a robotic emissary on a comet. This was the culmination of over a decade of work and the efforts of thousands of people, and is one of […]

Rosetta: To Catch A Comet

Have you ever wondered what a comet is made of? The scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have, and to answer their question they devised one of the boldest space missions ever attempted: Rosetta. The idea of this mission is simple: to catch a comet, and to drop a probe down onto its surface. […]

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