Solar System Exploration – The Kuiper Belt

Beyond the orbit of the outer giants, beyond the orbit of Pluto even is a region of the solar system is the Kuiper belt. A place where the material left over from the creation of the solar system resides. We're not quite into interstellar space (the space between the stars) yet, in fact we're not … Continue reading Solar System Exploration – The Kuiper Belt

Hunting for Organic Molecules on Mars

The question of if there is life on Mars still really isn't over. But it has been accepted that it's unlikely that little green men aren't hiding in the rocks on our planetrary neighbour. What seems more likely and exciting is the life that was / might have been on Mars when it had water … Continue reading Hunting for Organic Molecules on Mars

NASA – 10 Things on the Mars Helicopter

One of the things that caught my attention recently is the deployment of a helicopter on Mars. While this  might sound like a fairly simple task the reality is that it's technically a very difficult challenge and testing this helicopter on Earth is also very difficult. This explains more... https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/175248073464/10-things-mars-helicopter Credit: NASA Planet Simon   … Continue reading NASA – 10 Things on the Mars Helicopter

Solar System Exploration – Neptune

Neptune was discovered in 1846, the credit of discovery is split between Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. Both these astronomers used permutations in the orbit of Uranus to locate Neptune before observing it.  Neptune is the only planet to have been discovered from mathematical computation rather than direct observation. Although Galileo had observed Neptune … Continue reading Solar System Exploration – Neptune