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50 Years ago today. Spend a moment and consider the scale of this human endeavour. Neil Armstrong, Commander Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot   Links NASA Apollo 11  

EarthRise

Seems like yesterday. The far side. 69 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds after launch, the crew reached the far side of the Moon. They burned their engines for a lunar orbit insertion (LOI), which lasted four minutes. The burn slowed the spacecraft down so it could be captured by the Moon’s gravitational pull, making it the first ever manned…

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Both spacecraft carry with them a 12-inch (30 cm) golden phonograph record that contains pictures and sounds of Earth, along with symbolic directions…

SpaceX Roadster - Perth

Quite simply, because he can. WATCH: Highlights from SpaceX's successful launch of the Falcon Heavy from Florida. See the full launch and rocket landing here: https://t.co/0OsiG8TFbB pic.twitter.com/RFiikvOR0L— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 7, 2018 In an age of "likes", "friends", virtual business, "disruption" and automation, it appears there is still room for the genuine steel-bending industrialist with a bold vision,…

Hubble Var1

Consider the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. Ninety-four years ago today, the modern universe "appeared" When my father was born in 1916, the world still maintained a Copernican understanding of our galaxy. In essence, the conventional wisdom was that the universe was made up of just one galaxy - our own Milky Way galaxy. By 1923, [virtually overnight, our entire…

Black Hole Collision Simulation

It's two years since Einstein was once again proven to earn the moniker of 'genius'. Consider his theorems are now over a century old and they are still being tested and confirmed to remarkable precision. At 5:51am [EST ] on the 14th of September 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors , located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford,…

Just published. On January 4th, 2017 scientists at the CalTech L.I.G.O detected the merger of two black holes 3 billion light-years away. At 2:11:58 a.m. on January 4th 2017 the arms of LIGO’s Hanford, WA interferometer shivered. Three milliseconds later, Livingston’s interferometer followed suit. Even though parts of the U.S. were experiencing record cold temperatures, the trembling wasn’t caused by…

70 years ago #today in 1946, White Sands Missile Range scientists launched V-2 No. 13 & took the 1st pictures of Earth from space, 105 km up pic.twitter.com/a1hvMchR2x — NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) October 24, 2016

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