Category Archives: Space

Mission Cup 2021: Curiosity- A Big and Bold Explorer

For Mission Cup 2021 I’ve nominated NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base on November 26th, 2011 on an Atlas V rocket. As far as rovers go, Curiosity is heavy and large … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021: Genesis – The Search for Origins

Our Solar System is thought to have formed from a cloud of dust and gas called the Solar Nebula that collapsed under its own gravity about 4 and a half billion years ago. In order to understand exactly how the … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021: Apollo 15 – Another giant leap for mankind

On the 26th July 1971, the Apollo 15 mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with David Scott (commander), Alfred Worden (command module pilot) and James Irwin (lunar module pilot) on board. A few days later, the Apollo 15 lunar lander … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021: The Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer space telescope is an unsung hero among space missions. It was the final to be launched of NASA’s Great Observatories, a project of four space observatories comprising Spitzer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi Finalist: Hayabusa2- To Ryugu and Back

Hayabusa2 is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) led mission to study and sample asteroid 162173 Ryugu. As a primitive carbonaceous asteroid, investigations of Ryugu could address some important questions surrounding the very origins of our Solar System and how … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi Finalist: OSIRIS-REx – TAG You’re It

The Mission: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission was launched on the 8th of September 2016, with its target being the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It’s the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission and is due to return to Earth in 2023 with primitive asteroid … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi-Finalist: Voyager 2 – the wandering mission pushing the limits of exploration

NASA’s Voyager 2 mission was launched in 1977 along with its sister Voyager 1 mission to explore the outer Solar System and beyond. The Voyager 2 spacecraft took in a grand tour of flybys of the Jupiter (in 1979) and … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi-Finalist: Cassini Huygens – an amazing voyage to the outer solar system

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This post was written by Brendan Mccormick Kilbride, who nominated Cassini Huygens for Mission Cup 2021. ——————– The Cassini-Huygens mission was a collaboration by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to study Saturn, its moons and … Continue reading

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Public Talks about Planetary Science

If you can’t get out to travel around to visit your local astronomy society or see public talks on topics in Planetary Science don’t worry – there are loads of great places online you can watch / access talks given … Continue reading

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New group paper: A new way to investigate the history of the surface of the Moon.

Zircons (tiny crystals of ZrSiO4) are found in many rocks and are widely used to measure the age of rocks. This is usually done by looking at uranium-lead (U-Pb) and lead-lead (Pb-Pb) ages, both of which rely on radioactive decay … Continue reading

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