Until Humans are ready to venture beyond the Moon, robots will be our eyes and ears throughout the Solar System. While it would be nice to see people out there, our fearless spacecraft, rovers and landers are doing a fantastic job. In just the past few weeks we’ve received fascinating news from the robots exploring the final frontier.
It’s no secret that I read lots of space news. If I find a piece of news fascinating, then I Tweet it. For those of you not following me on Twitter, I’m going to start a weekly series that summarises the top space news that I’ve Tweeted. I’ve divided it up in to five categories: Spaceflight: all about
The holidays are over and it’s time for an Exoplanet Explorer update. The HD version gets 22 new planets that were announced in the past month or so. Both versions get some minor improvements and bug fixes. Amongst the new planets are two terran worlds in the habitable zone of their stars! Kepler-438 b At 1.27 times the Earth’s mass, this rock
In the early 1840’s, our Solar System had seven known planets. At this time, a French mathematician named Urbain Le Verrier, discovered that Uranus’ orbit may have been disturbed by a large unknown planet. Some years later, in 1846, Heinrich d’Arrest announced the discovery of Neptune. This new planet didn’t fully account for Le Verrier’s calculations, so the hunt for
China and Russia have both recently been discussing plans for mining a valuable element on the Moon. They are interested in Helium-3, an isotope that is rare on Earth, but “relatively” abundant on the Moon where it is deposited by the Solar winds. Helium-3 is desirable for use as fuel in fusion reactors. It can release a great deal of energy