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Canada Announces Going to the Moon

By on Feb 28, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

Canada’s involvement with space exploration ranges from sending one of our astronauts like the infamous Chris Hadfield to lending a hand or a robotic arm to the ISS. Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canada will contribute a smart robotic system to NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway (LOP-G) program. An artist’s concept of Canada’s smart robotic system located on the exterior of the Gateway, a small space station in orbit around the Moon. (Credits:Canadian Space Agency, NASA) Cool, so what’s Canada contributing eh? It will include a new robotic arm called Canadarm3 and other tools and specialized equipment that will be used by said arm. What’s exciting about this announcement is that Canada is the first country to officially sign on to the Lunar orbital gateway program. Why this is exciting is it sets a precedent that Canada is serious...

NASA’s New Horizon team snaps sharpest image of Ultima Thule

By on Feb 24, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

NASA’s New Horizon’s team released a high resolution image of Kuiper Belt object called Ultima Thule. It’s exciting news because the New Horizon spacecraft made its closest approach January 1st, 2019 and sent back this rough image below. What’s interesting about Ultima Thule is it’s actually two joined bodies. One body is called Ultima and the other Thule. So now let’s look at the updated version. Why I am excited about this particular story is first it gives you a sense of how long it takes to get data back from this spacecraft and produce a high resolution image. Mind you, the data is traveling at the speed of light and still takes 6 hours to send data or receive data. That means if you wanted to make a request right now to get data that it would take 6 hours for the spacecraft to get it and then another 6 hours to receive the data. Doesn’t...

An Ode to the Earth and Moon – Spaceman Fantastiques song

By on Dec 31, 2018 in For Your Information | 0 comments

Hi Space fans! This post is a little different from my usual ones. I wanted to share this awesome collaboration between an awesome musician called Spaceman Fantastiques and myself! I wrote a story for this 8 min song. Hope you enjoy and definitely check out Spaceman Fantastiques music, it’s music the cosmos would appreciate 🙂 Listen here https://spacemanfantastiques.bandcamp.com/track/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-beats-2 Listen here to the full album called “December (2018)“ Credit: NASA This is a story of how one tiny unassuming world survived the vastness of the universe. It begins with a death of stars whose names we never knew, or how they came to be, and what they saw. Their last breath filled the great enveloping cosmic dark and gave birth to what we call the Sun. In these humble beginnings, its original name Terra was born but is now known as Earth....

What You Need to Know for NASA’s InSight Landing on Mars Nov 26

By on Nov 14, 2018 in NASA Missions | 0 comments

Mars is getting another visitor very soon and its name is InSight. It’ll be landing on Mars on November 26th, 2018. Maybe you’ve heard a little about this mission or maybe you’re new to it. Let’s take a look at what this mission is and everything you need to know for the landing.   What is InSight’s Main Mission? This new lander’s mission stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations (InSight). It will help us answer what is under that hood of Mars or more specifically what’s going on in the core of Mars. It’ll give more insight (no pun intended) on what early formation of Mars looked like 4.5 billion years ago. The lander will not only investigate Mars but also have the first CubeSats trailing right behind. These little cute cubes will answer the question is it possible for miniaturized satellites survive the trip in space...

3 Awesome Facts about Ganymede: Jupiter’s Largest Moon

By on Nov 2, 2018 in Moons | 0 comments

Ganymede is one of the most fascinating moons out there in the solar system. Ganymede is Jupiters largest moon and in fact the solar system’s largest moon. It’s covered in craters caused by space debris hitting it constantly. Honestly, I don’t want to spoil all the fun facts so let’s jump into the 3 awesome facts! 1. Ganymede has a magnetic field that only a few planets have in the solar system Imagine you’re on Earth and you see a beautiful aurora light up the sky as the colors dance around. Now imagine you’re on a moon that is much smaller and more intimate. Suddenly you see an aurora that mesmerizes you as you look at it through your helmet. A magnetic field is incredibly important and much more than letting us experience auroras. They protect life from the solar winds and energetic particles that slam into the planets and moons. A magnetic field...