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 – […]
Nasa has created, what they call, their best simulation yet of what happens when black holes collide. It’s worth a look, even if it turns out that a simulated black hole collision isn’t half good as the Klingon moon explosion in Star Trek VI. Black hole collision simulationÂ (7.45MB MPG)
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.
Aerogel will be used on the STARDUST spacecraft to capture comet particles from Comet Wild 2. The pics are amazing. They look fake, but they come from the NASA web site. To collect particles without damaging them, Stardust uses an extraordinary substance called aerogel. This is a silicon-based solid with a porous, sponge-like structure in […]