Category Archives: Space

Warp speed!

Taken from Space.com, a story which seems to indicate that faster than light travel by means of a warp drive isn’t as far-fetched as people might have originally thought… HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, […]

A view from Mars

Courtesy of NASA and Curiosity rover, the first true colour photo ever taken from the surface of Mars. Click for a larger version. The best part about this is that Curiosity hasn’t really started to deliver on any of its aims yet, and there is so much more to come. A Dutch company is planning […]

A view from the Heavens

Courtesy of NASA, this photo showing the whole of the UK and Ireland at night, with the aurora borealis visible in the north. Part of the International Space Station is visible at the top of the picture. Click for a larger view.

The Shuttle

The Space Shuttle has now retired from service, and for the moment NASA is reliant on Russian rockets to keep the International Space Station stocked up and operating. NASA is developing a replacement for the Shuttle – the Orion CEV – but for the moment, lets take a look at the Shuttle and remember the […]

RIP Neil Armstrong

RIP Neil Armstrong. You took us forward with a great leap, and for that you will always be remembered. And we will always be thankful. His family’s statement made a simple request for anyone else who wanted to remember him: “Honour his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside […]

Latency

Latency. That annoying property of networks which means slow traffic. We’re all used to it – we’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s a lag spike in a game, or a loose fibre in an exchange resulting in slow performance generally, high network latency is the bane of modern communications. Tools exist to check how well […]

Seven minutes of terror

Curiosity is nearing Mars. It has flown millions of miles through the void of space to reach its destination, but its troubles are only just beginning. This NASA video describes what problems the mission’s engineers had to overcome in the design of the rover, and what Curiosity will have to go through as it performs […]

Exploring the universe

So, as NASA’s Curiosity rover is preparing to land on the Red Planet, what do planets really think about their human explorers? … Click for a larger version …

Standing in the shadows of giants

On Wednesday 15th of October, way back in 1997, NASA launched the Cassini-Huygens space probe. It’s destination was the gas giant planet Saturn. It’s journey would last six years, eight months and seventeen days. It would enter orbit around Saturn on Thursday 1st July 2004. It is still there now, studying the Saturnian planetary system […]

Clash of the titans

Our galaxy is in for an interesting ride: in another 2.3 billion years we will collide with our nearest large neighbour, the Andromeda Galaxy. I doubt that anyone alive at the moment will need to worry about that, but scientists like to make predictions about what might happen. Galactic collisions occur more regularly than you […]