The Manned Capsule: Dragon V2

The Manned Capsule: Dragon V2

The new SpaceX capsule: manned capsule The Dragon V2

The new SpaceX capsule: Dragon V2

Introducing the latest edition to the SpaceX family, it is the Dragon version 2. This newly designed capsule holds great promise for the future of civilian space flights.

A capsule that can safely accommodate seven astronauts, conveniently dock at a space station, land anywhere on Earth with precise accuracy and is reusable immediately. This is some of the main features of the new capsule Dragon V2. The unveiling took place on Thursday evening, 29 May. The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, was there to do the unveiling and presentation of the new creation himself.
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Little Asteroid with Rings

An artists representation of the asteroid Chariklo with its rings

An artists representation of the asteroid Chariklo with its rings

Somewhere between Saturn and Uranus there is an asteroid called Chariklo. With some recent investigations, scientists have discovered that Chariklo has rings. An asteroid with rings, that is what they discovered. Previously it was thought that only big planets like Saturn can have rings but it would seem that scientists were wrong. Study leader Felipe Braga-Ribas said: “We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery – and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system – came as a complete surprise.”

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Faxing Life from Mars

Image of Mars

Image of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover

If you thought it was amazing to be able to send a piece of paper through a machine and then it will instantly appear on the other side of the world then you’re in for a surprise.  What if you can do the same with DNA?  Yes, DNA.  The structured code that builds live bodies.

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Water found on Ceres

An artistic representation of Ceres spewing out water vapour.

An artistic representation of Ceres spewing out water vapour.

 

Ceres was first classified as an asteroid but upgraded its status to dwarf planet recently.  For about 30 years scientists have speculated about whether or not Ceres contains water.  Well finally they have their answer.

Ceres is the dwarf planet and largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.  When it was first discovered it was only thought to be a massive asteroid.  But when scientists discovered that Ceres is shaped like a sphere and that it might have a silicate core and icy exterior its status changed from asteroid to dwarf planet in 2008.  Now that scientists have discovered evidence of water on Ceres it is even more planet-like.

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Jelly Doughnut Mystery Rock Appears on Mars

Images of before and after the rock

Images of before and after the rock

The Mars Rover Opportunity must have thought “at last, after 10 years of hard work I finally get rewarded for my efforts”.  This wasn’t the case.  In fact, Opportunity had discovered some more work for it to do.  What looks like a jelly doughnut was in fact a rock, something which is seen a lot on Mars but this one is unique.

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ALH84001 and other famous Meteorites

ALH84001

A piece of the ALH84001 meteorite

It is 4 billion years old and it travelled and landed safely on Earth about 13 000 years ago.  The meteorite known as ALH84001 was discovered in the Allan Hills region of Antarctica in the year 1984.  The geologists who picked it up at the time didn’t think much of the meteorite.  It was only after 10 years of studying the rock that researchers realized that this was a specimen from Mars.

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