#Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

The 1947 Roswell UFO incident took place 70 years ago this year. Initially reported as a crashed weather balloon, it was later confirmed as a military surveillance balloon, but conspiracy theories of alien spacecraft persist and reports of UFO sightings have soared in recent years – peaking in 2014 with 8,621 reports. The truth is still out there. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

Earth-like planet #ProximaB found orbiting #ProximaCentauri – an annotated infographic

Scientists have found clear evidence of an Earth-like planet around Proxima Centauri – the nearest star to our sun. The rocky world, named Proxima b, lies within its star’s habitable zone, meaning liquid water could exist on its surface, and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the solar system. E&T news reported the full details of the Proxima b discovery earlier this week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Earth-like planet #ProximaB found orbiting #ProximaCentauri – an annotated infographic

FAST telescope to hunt for extraterrestrial life – an annotated infographic

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope – aka FAST – is the world’s largest radio telescope. Hewn out of a mountain in China at a cost of $180 million, it will explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial life. E&T news reported the story about China’s hunt for alien life in full detail earlier this week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading FAST telescope to hunt for extraterrestrial life – an annotated infographic

#Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft is bound for a Fourth of July encounter with the planet Jupiter, in the latest quest to study how the largest planet in the solar system formed and evolved. The billion-dollar solar-powered probe, launched from Earth nearly five years ago, will spend 20 months in polar orbit around the gas giant. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

New book blog: How #rovers will lead the way to #Mars and beyond

Recent news from the European Space Agency and its Russian counterpart Roscomos that their ExoMars Martian rover is facing a two-year delay, which may see it beaten to the Red Planet by a similar Chinese project was unfortunately timed. It came just a few days after a prototype was navigated through a simulated Martian landscape at the Stevenage premises of manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space by UK astronaut Tim Peake, steering from the International Space Station. The experiment, in which Peake had to use the rover to find several objects inside a cave, demonstrated the sort of situation where vehicles … Continue reading New book blog: How #rovers will lead the way to #Mars and beyond

Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

  A nice Friday afternoon infographic supplied by our friends at Media works and Global Navigation Solutions, illustrating the connectivity woes of sailors at sea. All you land-lovers should feel thankful you are never far from a reliable WiFi signal, some people aren’t so lucky. Using findings from the 2015 Crew Connectivity Survey and information from NASA and The Atlantic, the piece details just how well connected sailors are – the answer being a resounding ‘not very’. Continue reading Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

.@ESA Ariane 6 rocket starts development – an annotated infographic

Airbus Safran Launchers – a joint venture between the aerospace giant Airbus and the aero and rocket manufacturer Safran – has finalised the architecture for its Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Ariane 6 will be a modular rocket that can be tailored to launch one or two large satellites at a time into low-altitude perches and geostationary orbits favoured by commercial telecoms spacecraft. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading .@ESA Ariane 6 rocket starts development – an annotated infographic