Herschel Launch

An Ariane 5 rocket launched two scientific space observatories, Herschel and Planck, at 13:12 GMT this morning that will help scientists better understand the formation of the universe. The launch took the better part of 30 minutes from ignition to spin-up and separation of the Planck and Herschel. The launch: [Herschel and Planck Launch – […]

Stardust Mission a Success

A couple of years ago I mentioned NASA’s Stardust mission and their special dust collecting material, aerogel. Aerogel is a silicon-based solid with a porous, sponge-like structure in which 99.8 percent of the volume is empty space. Well the Stardust mission has returned and as the New York Times explains, the Stardust mission has exceeded expectations.