Space

History and Future of Space Exploration

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Introduction Ever since the beginning of civilization, humans have been staring up into the sky, looking at all the stars, planets, and galaxies above them. Humans navigated the globe with the aid of these otherworldly beings, studied how they moved, and have even integrated these galactic beauties into their religions and cultures. Humanities interest in […]

Astrophysics

No More Rockets

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Abstract Mankind has always been interested in the vast void that we called space. Filled with endless unknowns and bizarre phenomena, people throughout history such as Aristotle, Galileo, and many more have made impactful developments in our knowledge about the universe. Ever since Sputnik 1, the first mission that successfully delivered a satellite into Earth’s […]

Astrobiology

How to Look for Alien Life

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The possibility of extraterrestrial life has been discussed for centuries, in both scientific and fictitious work. But it wasn’t until 1992 that the first exoplanet (planet outside of our solar system) was detected, and 2001 that the first exoplanet in a habitable zone was detected [1]. This makes exoplanetology and astrobiology relatively new fields of […]

Astronomy

Starlink

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SpaceX also has several other ambitious projects underway. One of the most talked-about ventures of SpaceX is its Starlink project. It promises a no-lag, low latency internet that is accessible and affordable by all. Whilst also claiming to provide superior quality broadband to the most remote areas of the world where internet facilities are presently […]

Magazine

Celebrating 50 Years Since the First Moon Landing

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Introduction (Sona Popat) The day is July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (Figure 1), the crew of the Apollo 11, land on the moon, and people around the world turn their eyes to the universe. A whole generation vividly remember the moment, with over half a billion people[1] gathering around their […]

Magazine

Who Owns Space?

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Introduction The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 agreed that Space exploration ‘shall be the province of all mankind’.[1] At the time, this was sufficient. Satellites were beginning to be sent up into the atmosphere and in 1961 Yuri Gagarin had become the first man to leave Earth, but the prospect of deep space exploration on […]

Physics

Do you want to travel in space? Ask Katherine!

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DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL IN SPACE? ASK KATHERINE! During the Cold War, the two greatest world powers, USA and USSR, tried to dominate especially when it came to their own scientific achievements. USSR managed to launch the Sputnik in 1957, accomplishing the wider part of their space program at the same time. Simultaneously NACA, […]

Blogs

NASA’s Exoplanet Discovery – Trappist-1

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Seven earth-sized planets have been discovered recently by NASA, in the constellation of Aquarius. The exoplanet (a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun) system is called TRAPPIST-1, which stands for The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope. The tiny, dim star the planets are orbiting is only about 40 light-years (235 trillion […]

Astronomy

Lunar Mission One – An Introduction

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“Lunar Mission One is the most inspirational Moon project since the Apollo landings. Funded by the public it will perform world-leading science into the origin of the Moon and the planets, and it will leave a permanent archive of human life buried at the Moon’s south pole.” (lunarmissionone.com) Up until now, space exploration has been […]

Astronomy

How to Become an Astronaut

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Major Tim Peake became only the second British person to become an astronaut when he was launched into space on board the Russian made Souz TMA-19M rocket on the 15th of December 2015 sparking a frenzy of British media coverage and interest in space travel. What must an astronaut-to-be learn?   Whilst Tim Peake is […]

Astronomy

The Hunt for the Higgs

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Physics tries to answer some of the most fundamental questions in the universe. What caused the Big Bang? Why is the observable universe so isotropic? Why is Earth able to nurture life? One important question that has mystified physicists for years is the idea of mass and more importantly its origins. The discovery of the […]