Skywatching in 2018

2018 going to be full of awesome space events that can be seen from here on Earth, lets take a look at some of the dates for your diary. Jan 1st: Supermoon The term supermoon refers to a full moon that takes place when the moon is at perigee, or its closest point to Earth in […]

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X-37B launch: Dodging Hurricane Irma

Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its fifth mission. The primary launch window opened on Thursday, September 7th at 13:50 UTC, and closed at 18:55 UTC. A backup launch window was available on Friday, September 8th however the Falcon 9 launched on its first attempt, dodging […]

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Voyager: A 12 Billion Mile Journey

NASA’s Voyager 1 probe lifted off on Sept. 5, 1977, a few weeks after its twin, Voyager 2. Together, the two spacecraft performed an epic Grand Tour of the solar system’s giant planets, flying by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. But their work didn’t stop there. Both spacecraft kept flying, pushing further and further into the dark, […]

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Touchdown: US Space Ninja returns

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple US space records during her mission aboard the international space station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on terra firma at 9:21 p.m. EDT on the 3rd of September, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. While living […]

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Russian Spacewalk: Tantrum in Space ?

On Friday 18th August there was a Successful Russian Spacewalk but it didn’t totally go totally to plan. A Russian EVA was conducted outside of the International Space Station with two Russian cosmonauts deploying several nanosatellites, collecting research samples and performing structural maintenance. Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy exited the […]

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