NASA's Next Space Station LOP-G

NASA’s Next Space Station LOP-G – was the Deep Space Gateway

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Goodbye Deep space gateway, hello “LOP-G”, just in case you wondering what heck I’m going on about. This is the news that the next space station, the one to replace the ISS has had a bit of a Trumpian makeover and will now be called the “Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway”, instead of the Deepspace Gateway but we’ll come back to that a bit later The most expensive object ever built is the International Space Station, which – combining launch, assembly, maintenance and contributions from Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada – has so far cost more than $150 billion US …

What Happened to the Nuclear Test Sites?

What Happened to the Nuclear Test Sites?

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Since the formation of the united states, its mainland has never been invaded or had any major attack but there are places there which have had more nuclear explosions than anywhere else on earth. Of the 1054 US nuclear tests, 928 were carried out on the US mainland mostly at the Nevada test site but it wasn’t just the US testing nukes, the Soviets, British, French, Chinese, Indian, Pakistanis and recently the North Koreans have all tested nuclear weapons, some on their own territory and some in remote locations around the world in the air, on land, under water and …

What's Wrong with Earth's Magnetic Field

What’s Wrong with Earth’s Magnetic Field? – The South Atlantic Anomaly

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  Strange things are happening in space but the cause is right below our feet. The earth’s core is changing and the magnetic poles could possibly flip in the not too distant future. We are just discovering a whole new hidden weather system in the earth molten core that has direct effects on the magnetic field which in turn will have a major effect on our future technological development. But all is not lost, we can work our way out of this but time is of the essence because we don’t know just when things are going to get tricky.

How NASA Filmed Apollo, the Shuttle and Other Launches

How NASA Filmed Apollo, the Shuttle and Other Launches

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  These are some of the iconic pieces of launch footage from the space race and the shuttle program, shots taken that would impossible for any human to see up close and personal and many of these were done long before we had miniature high definition cameras and high-speed data links beaming footage live from space. So how did NASA film these incredible shots of Apollo and the Space shuttle? Now as good as these look from an aesthetic point of view they weren’t done to just wow the public, they had a very important engineering role and that was …

Nuclear Rockets for Mars and Beyond

Nuclear Rockets for Mars and Beyond

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On the 6th Feb 2018 SpaceX’s first test launch of the Falcon 9 heavy, the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, successfully launched the payload of Elon Musks own Cherry Red Telsa roadster, complete with the Starman mannequin, first into orbit and then on to what was meant to be Mars but now looks to be on  an elliptical orbit extending out to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Whilst the Falcon 9 heavy proved that it could launch a payload in to deep space, Starman and the roadsters journey itself is going to be a pretty leisurely …