NASA’s EO-1 Retires After 17 Years
Mar22

NASA’s EO-1 Retires After 17 Years

The Earth Observing-1 satellite launched in November 2000 is finally set to be decommissioned after an impressive run of seventeen years. We take a look at some of it’s achievements.

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“Juno, welcome to Jupiter”
Jul05

“Juno, welcome to Jupiter”

After 2.7 billion kilometers and almost 5 years, Juno successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit in the early hours of today morning. Subsequent to NASA’s Galileo mission (1995), Juno is only the second to have accomplished this feat. While in orbit, the Juno mission aims to better understand the gas giant in the following 20 months of its science phase. Juno also happens to be the fastest ever craft built by humans, travelling...

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Emerging Victorious: The LISA Pathfinder
Jun08

Emerging Victorious: The LISA Pathfinder

The LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder is a research spacecraft of the European Space Agency (ESA) and was launched in December 2015. The main purpose of the LISA Pathfinder mission is to test certain technologies for future space observatories to detect gravitational waves from large astronomical bodies (e.g. stars) around us. The LISA Pathfinder uses extremely sophisticated technology to observe the...

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How Are Supermassive Black Holes Born?

It is believed that black holes are formed from ‘black hole seeds’ that grow out of smaller black holes. These seeds then grow by consuming the gas from their surroundings and merging with other small black holes. This process, however, is slow and fails to satisfactorily account for the rapid development of black holes.   Now, an Italian group of scientists has identified two objects in the early universe which could be suitable...

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NASA’s Space Balloon is Ready For Deployment

  In a 4-hour process that will broadcast live from the ISS on the morning on May 26th, NASA’s astronauts will begin to deploy the ‘BEAM’. Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, is essentially an inflatable room. It is designed such that it takes up less room to be transported and can then expand to 5 times its original size when inflated. Roughly the size of a small bedroom, this module will be accessible from the ISS’s...

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