Space

Since NASA’s early days, periods in space have been a strange and mysterious topic for engineers. Countless things go into planning a launch and until Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983, tampons and sanitary napkins were never part of that process.    After wanting to send an overly generous supply…
February 17, 2018
Researchers have directly observed the scattering electrons behind the shifting patterns of light called pulsating auroras, confirming models of how charged solar winds interact with our planet’s magnetic field.   With those same winds posing a threat to technology, it’s comforting to know we’ve got a sound understanding of what’s going on up there. The…
February 16, 2018
The number of exoplanets has risen by almost 100, as an international team of astronomers confirms a new batch found in data captured as part of the K2 mission – the NASA Kepler telescope’s new lease on life.   They have been analysing the first batch of K2 data, and have just announced the discovery…
February 15, 2018