” South Korea has unveiled designs for its planned Moon lander, a key part of President Park Geun-hye’s pledge to revitalize the country’s aerospace industry and space programme.
The uncrewed module — of which a scaled-down mock-up was unveiled to the press on 22 October — will travel on board a Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 rocket and is designed to carry a lunar rover weighing 10–20 kilograms, which will look for signs of rare minerals on the Moon’s surface. A robotic orbiter will also circle above the lunar landscape for more than a year at an altitude of about 100 km.”
Bring it on … the more the merrier .
” Scientists at the South Pole have detected a collection of warp speed neutrinos from deep space that could help explain the origins of the universe.
A team from the mighty IceCube telescope laboratory in Antarctica will reveal their findings in tomorrow’s Science journal.
The experts’ 28 intergalactic subatomic particles were detected by the Cherenkov radiation emitted when they (unusually – most neutrinos go right through the Earth without stopping) hit something within a cubic kilometre of intrumented-up polar ice at the South Pole. They are thought to have originated from outside the Solar System, and likely from outside our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Having identified the particles, the boffins believe that they can gain new insight into the workings of black holes, pulsars and other wonders of space that emit the subatomic particles.”
Not being scientists by any stretch of the imagination , we have little to add to the discussion of “warp speed neutrinos” but found the topic interesting to say the least . The significance of the find escapes us but we are fascinated nevertheless .
” Scientists say that solar activity is stranger than in a century or more, with the sun producing barely half the number of sunspots as expected and its magnetic poles oddly out of sync.
The sun generates immense magnetic fields as it spins. Sunspots—often broader in diameter than Earth—mark areas of intense magnetic force that brew disruptive solar storms. These storms may abruptly lash their charged particles across millions of miles of space toward Earth, where they can short-circuit satellites, smother cellular signals or damage electrical systems.
Based on historical records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity—the so-called solar maximum. But this peak is “a total punk,” said Jonathan Cirtain, who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as project scientist for the Japanese satellite Hinode, which maps solar magnetic fields.”
Are the lights about to go out ? End times anyone ?
” Amateur astronomer Bill Snyder has been involved with astrophotography since 2007. Once he takes his pictures with a camera and a telescope, the data must be processed to produce the colorful images seen in this slide show. He recently acquired a Apogee U8300 CCD camera, an Orion Atlas EQG computerized mount and a TMB SS 130mm telescope which has been installed in his home observatory in Pittsburgh, Pa. Snyder also works with Martin Pugh at Heavens Mirror Observatory at the Sierra Remote Observatory complex in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. (Yahoo News)”
Here’s another example of Mr Snyder’s beautiful work . Be sure to view them all .
” In 1996, scientists took a huge risk when they pointed the Hubble telescope to an inky field that they believed to be void of stars and planets. As images from Hubble are in constant demand, the worry was that devoting so much time to a black space would prove futile. Once the photons finally registered, though, that leap of faith proved fruitful: light from over three thousand galaxies illuminated the image. A few years and missions later, Hubble’s glimpse into what is known as the deep field has revealed that we are just one tiny part of a vast system comprising 100 billion galaxies.
And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to see our articles on the Hubble Telescopes’ most fascinating photographs and the six most interesting facts about space! “
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