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 →

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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 →

Solar System Exploration – Pluto

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Analysis of the outer planets suggested a planet out beyond Neptune and having taken photographs of the night sky and comparing them the movement of Pluto across the sky gave it's position away. The mass of Pluto did not account for the gravitational anomalies, but Pluto was... Continue Reading →

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 →

Scifi Moments – When Machines Die

Science fiction films being what they are can give unique personalities to machines of different kinds, be they computers, robots or spacecraft. The moments when these machines are killed off are moments of sadness. These are some of the most memorable sad moments from science fiction movies. If you can think of others that are... Continue Reading →

Planet Simon back online

Hold onto your hats... Planet Simon is back! I've spent three weeks off blogging and here I am back into the blogoshpere ready and raring to go with a new look, new angle and a new perspective. I have to say I did enjoy the time away and although I was tempted at odd times... Continue Reading →

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