NASA

Feb
19

What’s NASA Ever Done For Planet Earth?

– Why Looking For Other Planets and Life Forms Benefits Our Planet. Since President Eisenhower founded NASA and began the space race in 1958, fewer than 600 people have travelled into space. This is a tiny proportion of the world’s population, but the scientific advancements required for space flight have crossed over into our everyday […]

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Jun
24

Philae Robot wakes up on Comet: “Hello Earth! Can you Hear Me?”

211 days after scientists last heard from the Philae lander from the Rosetta spacecraft, a distant ‘voice’ has been heard!  After a particularly bumpy landing, Philae came to rest in an area on comet 67P that didn’t  receive much sunlight causing the European Space Agency to wonder whether it would ever have enough energy for […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Science
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Learning Lessons From Nature

Biomimicry or biomimetics is big business these days. Borrowing ideas from nature has obvious applications in the world of robotics (see our blog “Machines that mimic nature”) but the concept goes far wider than that: today, the natural world informs the design of everything from phone displays to medical devices and architecture to fasteners. Popularised […]

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Howzat* for an explanation of spin?

These days, sports involve a lot of science and not just when it comes to getting the athletes into tip-top condition. Players use sophisticated spin and swing techniques in any game that involves a ball, even if participants and spectators don’t always understand the physics of what’s going on. 

By Joanna | Physics . Sports
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Fly Me To The Moon

Do you remember a time when the thought of sending men to the moon was almost unbelievable?  Some of us old enough to remember can recall being told how the massive Saturn 5 rocket would propel three men out of the clutches of Earth’s gravitational pull and enable the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) to land […]

By Joanna | Physics . Science
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Is Earth’s Climate Changing Gravity?

Scientists at NASA are interested in a new study.  Having confirmed that our world has warmed 0.75 degrees Celsius since 1900, they are posing the question:  Is Climate Change altering the Earth's Gravity Field? To collect information to answer this question, and many more questions about changes inside our planet, NASA have created the 'Gravity […]

By Joanna | Environment
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Massive Solar Storm causes Northern Lights

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights have just increased! As we reported in our recent post about Aurora Borealis, it is usually only locations much closer to the Arctic, such as Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Alaska that are able to see this amazing natural spectacle.   […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Science
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The Most Spectacular Light Display in the World

If you want to see a truly spectacular display of natural lights this holiday, then I'm afraid you're going to have to be prepared to travel. The Aurora Borealis is one of the most unusual and beautiful phenomena our amazing planet Earth has to offer.  But what exactly is it that has caused people to […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Environment . Science
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