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Future Space Missions I’m Excited About

By on Dec 3, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

It’s one of the most exciting times to be alive when it comes to space exploration. For starters, we are finally going back to the Moon and will get to experience it in much greater detail than ever before. This got me thinking about what agencies like NASA, ESA, or ISRO have planned in the next 5 or even 10 years. After some research, here are some space missions I am excited about. Let’s jump into it! NASA (National Aeronautics Space Administration) ESA (European Space Agency)ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) Future NASA Missions ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer) – 2019 Artist depiction of the ICON satellite Here’s a mission that happened recently. This is NASA’s ICON mission or the Ionospheric Connection Explorer. The ICON mission will study where space weather and Earth weather meet. What’s interesting is this mission will orbit even...

The Awe-Inspiring and Sad Story of Star R Aquarii

By on May 27, 2019 in For Your Information | 0 comments

Located about 710 light-years away from Earth is a red giant star called R Aquarii. A red giant star is a star that is at the end of its stellar evolution. It’s what will eventually happen to our own Sun. However, there is a lot going on in the photo below and actually, there are two stars in this photo. This story is about these two stars tangled in destiny. Credit: Hubble/NASA/ESA Let’s start with what is happening inside the red giant star R Aquarii. As it’s going through the last hurrah of its life the star is constantly contracting and expanding. As Phil Plait describes it, there is a small instability occurring in the star which triggers these physical contracts and expansions. As it contracts the star gets hotter. Then the pressure increases and the star starts to slow down the contraction and start to expand the star physically. This whole process lasts about...

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....