Design for a Europa Subsurface Explorer Mission with a Telescopic Subsurface Vehicle

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Abstract Europa, one of Jupiter’s four large Galilean moons, is a target of prime importance for exploration. This is due to the likely presence of a global subsurface liquid water ocean beneath a water ice crust, raising the possibility that Europa could support simple life. Future mission concepts include a lander deploying a probe to […]

The Holographic Principle

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Abstract This article aims to demystify the Holographic Principle, an emerging theory that encompasses as disparate fields as black hole physics, string theory, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. As such, it is no mean feat to attempt to provide a working knowledge of this theory in a single article. However, it is the author’s goal to […]

An examination of feasible rocket propulsion systems for a future single stage rocket

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Abstract This paper explores different types of rocket propulsion systems and assesses their benefits and drawbacks. The paper also compares different types of rockets, such as Single Stage rockets and Two Stage rockets, before proposing a propulsion system for a future Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO) rocket. This system shall meet the requirements of both […]

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 […]

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 […]


Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Astronomy, Science News, Space

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 […]

National Geographic: Be Inspired Breakfast – The Future of Space Exploration

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on the 20th July 2019, the National Geographic Society and space technologist Jennifer Lopez held a talk about the future of space exploration. YSJ team members Tushar Bhudia, Ambassador for Materials Science, and Katie Savva, Senior Biochemistry Editor, were lucky enough to be invited […]

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 […]

Should more money be spent on space exploration rather than to solve humanitarian problems on Earth?

Posted 11 CommentsPosted in Magazine, Physics, Space

On July 20th, 1969, a scientific breakthrough was made.  Neil Armstrong became the first human to ever set foot on Earth’s only Moon.  Ever since this remarkable day, his famous words “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” have been memorialised.  According to the Guardian, in that year alone, the total […]

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 […]

Europa Latest – Jupiter’s Moon Reveals More Exciting Secrets

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On Monday 26 September, NASA announced that it has discovered ‘surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa’. This evidence is in the form of UV images captured by the Hubble Space telescope, which suggest that there might be water jets that are emanating from ‘cryogeysers’ […]

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.” ( Up until now, space exploration has been […]