How Can We Clean Up That Space Junk?

by Fraser Cain August 14, 2014

We’re total litterbugs. Here on Earth, and out in space. What are some strategies that have been developed to clean up all that junk in space and make it safer to explore? Fraser Cain on Google+

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Awesome Video of a Satellite in Orbit

by Nancy Atkinson August 12, 2014

Here’s a great video from a camera mounted on the exterior of the TechDemoSat-1, an in-orbit technology demonstration mission from the UK. It launched on July 8, 2014 on a Soyuz-2, and the video shows the satellite moments after separation from the upper stage. The satellite even took a selfie, below. The video shows the […]

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Infographic Shows The Quick-Changing Satellites Of The Early Space Age

by Elizabeth Howell March 11, 2014

It’s not often that one associates a satellite with French folk songs, but this infographic does that and more. Below you will find the major launches of the early space age — from the Soviet Union’s Sputnik to the Czechoslovakian Magion 1 — showing how satellites quickly evolved between 1957 and 1978. In two decades, satellites […]

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Satellite Image of the “Polar Vortex” Over the US

by Nancy Atkinson January 6, 2014

If you live in the north and eastern part of the US, you’re probably experiencing some frigid weather. You’re probably also hearing people talk about something called a “polar vortex.” Just what is a polar vortex and why is it making the temperatures so cold? Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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‘Force Field’ Could Protect New Weather Satellite, Future Human Missions

by Elizabeth Howell November 14, 2013

OTTAWA, CANADA — A new Canadian satellite — should it launch — might carry a sort of magnetized force field on board to keep charged particles away from vital electronics. The Polar Communications and Weather Satellite (PCW), depending on its orbit, could skim through the radiation-filled Van Allen belts on its mission to deliver reliable […]

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