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Gaia satellite begins five year quest to create 3D map of one billion stars

Gaia satellite begins five year quest to create 3D map of one billion stars

The largest camera ever launched into space has reached its destination 1.5 million kilometres from Earth to begin work on “the most precise three dimensional map of our galaxy” ever recorded. The flying saucer-shaped Gaia satellite was launched from French Guiana in December last year by the European Space Agency as the start of a five year mission to locate ... Read More »

What it will be like to stay on board a space hotel

What it will be like to stay on board a space hotel

After a tiring 300km journey, there will be no time to relax because zero gravity will have you in an uncontrollable spin. The trick is to find your centre of mass, usually just behind your belly button. Once you learn how to push off objects along an imaginary line running through this point, you can stop spinning and move around. ... Read More »

Cosmic Ray Quest: How Huge Telescope Array Works

Cosmic Ray Quest: How Huge Telescope Array Works

In a 300-square-mile (777 square kilometers) patch of desert west of Delta, Utah, hundreds of astronomical eyes have spent the last five years watching the heavens, looking for supercharged particles from deep in space. The $25 million Telescope Array cosmic ray observatory was built to detect these high-energy visitors, known as cosmic rays, whose origin remains a mystery. The observatory is a ... Read More »

NASA, Boeing to develop most powerful rocket for Mars

NASA, Boeing to develop most powerful rocket for Mars

WASHINGTON: NASA and Boeing have inked a $ 2.8 billion deal to develop a giant rocket which is set to be the largest and most powerful ever built, paving the way for manned missions to Mars. Boeing has finalised a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built. ... Read More »

A Second Life For Exoplanet Hunter Kepler

A Second Life For Exoplanet Hunter Kepler

The Kepler space telescope, famed for its exoplanet discoveries, gets a new mission after equipment troubles put it out of commission last year. After five years’ work, and a disappointing mechanical failure, NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope is moving into the second phase of its career. Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has helped scientists discover thousands of alien worlds, including ... Read More »