Sending man to the moon and back is one of humanity's greatest achievements. Sadly, despite massive advances in space technology, this feat has't been repeated since the Apollo 17 mission more than 45 years ago. Today I discovered why not.
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NASA want to find themselves some new planets and with ol' faithful Kepler on its last legs, they're sending the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) up into the great dark on the back of one of Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. This is the first mission to do so, so it's a big deal!
You can catch the NASA launch livestream right here!
There's a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, the Moon's unabashed Sun-blocking power will only be visible from the continental US and will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse. Fortunately, these streams mean you can enjoy the full extent of this celestial event from Australia.
Eating bread in space is a surprisingly dangerous undertaking: the free-floating crumbs could cause someone to choke, lodge themselves in someone's eye, or worst of all, cause a fire if it gets into the electrical panel. That's why most astronauts have to eat the less appealing alternative -- the tortilla.
In a little under an hour, US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will attempt to land the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft after 11 months in orbit. This basically involves steering a fiery metal can from 400km in the sky towards Earth at speeds of 27,360km per hour. You can watch NASA's livestream in Australia right here. We've also highlighted the estimated times for key events during the landing.
There are a number of names that most people associate with the momentous 1969 Moon landing -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, even Stanley Kubrick for dedicated conspiracy theorists -- but Margaret Hamilton is not usually among them. Yet this pioneering woman was the lead developer for Apollo's flight software in the days when working mothers were rare -- let alone female computer scientists.
How do you go about hunting for life on another planet elsewhere in our galaxy? A useful starting point is to imagine looking from afar for signs of life on Earth. In a telescope like those we have on Earth, those aliens would likely just see the Earth and sun merged together into a single pale yellow dot.
With NASA focussing more on their Journey to Mars than ever, it's unsurprising that they have more information to share with us -- but still no less exciting. As opposed to September's water on Mars announcement, when NASA left us guessing as to what they would be revealing, we have been told that this event will be addressing recent findings about Mars's atmosphere.