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Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years. The estimated mass of the halo is comparable to the mass of all the stars in the galaxy. If the size and mass […]

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Odyssey e-Magazine October 2012.

September 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
Odyssey e-Magazine October 2012.

Coming Soon (October 2012) – the next edition of the British Interplanetary Society’s e-Magazine features: Part One of “Excavating the Future – Monoliths, Moonships and Malfunctioning Algorithms” Our micro-interview with Vicki Hodges – Astrium engineer and recent BIS guest speaker on “Gaia – the World’s Most Advanced Star Mapper” “Band of Brothers” – an editorial […]

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First worlds discovered around Sun-like stars in a cluster.

September 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
First worlds discovered around Sun-like stars in a cluster.

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are […]

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Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

September 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

We’ve all seen the recent footage of the landing on Mars from NASA. It was great, if a little low-res. Enter film maker Bard Canning who has taken the footage, cleaned it up, and made an amazing HD movie of how the landing would have looked if we had sent Spielberg to the Red Planet […]

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From Imagination to Reality.

September 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
From Imagination to Reality.

A one-day symposium of interest to SF as well as space fans is being held at the London HQ of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) on 15th September 2012. Only a few place available! Speakers include David A. Hardy, David Baker, Alan Bond, Bo Maxwell, Jerry Stone, Mat Irvine, Jack Cohen. See: http://www.bis-space.com/2012/06/28/5457/from-imagination-to-reality-2

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Great Inventions That Changed The World by James Wei.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Great Inventions That Changed The World by James Wei.

If ever I could time travel and got stuck in the past, I think this would be one book I would be carrying in my bag for all the useful information it carries. James Wei does, as his book title points out, looks at ‘Great Inventions That Changed The World’. This is a densely written […]

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Failure is not an option. Or was it?

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Failure is not an option. Or was it?

This makes for poignant reading after Neil Armstrong recently passed away from heart failure. It’s the U.S. President’s planned speech in the event the first manned landing on the moon went tit’s up and the astronauts died on the lunar surface (or in space on the way there). The last days of Camelot, it brings […]

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Off we go, then.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Off we go, then.

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) on Tuesday, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s […]

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Black holes. Bloody millions of them!

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Black holes. Bloody millions of them!

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies. Images from the telescope have revealed millions of dusty black hole candidates across the universe and about 1,000 even dustier objects thought to be among the brightest galaxies ever found. […]

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The planets of Cygnus.

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The planets of Cygnus.

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. The system, known as a circumbinary planetary system, is 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Coming less than a year after the announcement of the first circumbinary planet, Kepler-16b, this discovery proves that more than one planet can […]

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