Moon Express details plans to mine the Moon – an annotated infographic

Moon Express hopes to become the first private spaceflight company to send a robotic lander to the moon, scoop up some moon dust, load it into a small return vehicle and send it back to Earth. In one small step for space business, Moon Express has won US regulatory approval — under the 104-nation Outer Space Treaty — to become the first private company to fly to the Moon. At the heart of the company’s plans is a single-stage spacecraft, similar in size and shape to the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars, but a little bigger. Launched from New Zealand, … Continue reading Moon Express details plans to mine the Moon – an annotated infographic

Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

Later this month it will be the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Interstellar Mission launch. Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched in August 1977 to take advantage of a favourable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft – sent in opposite directions – have been exploring interstellar space ever since. Voyager 1 and 2 have explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; 48 of their moons; and the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess. By the time of the anniversary, Voyager 1 will have traveled … Continue reading Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

#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