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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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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Great Software for Various Space and Astronomy Related Research

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Astronomy

It is always great to have some kind of astronomy application when you are quite the astronomer.  It can be either for research or just for your own leisure.

Observation Manager

Observation Manager will run on any platform that supports Java 1.4 or higher and it is a logbook for astronomical observations.  Any of your observations can be noted and saved for future use.  This can be useful if you only get the chance to do stargazing once every few weeks.  The catalogues in Observation Manager are already categorized for ease of use.

XEphem

Xephem is a very complicated application but once you master it you won’t want to use anything else.  It is a highly developed astronomy application with a whole lot of data and information available to the user.  There is information on just about everything in the solar system.

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