A journey I’ve never made (yet)

I was laying flat on my back on the living room sofa, surfing TV-channels. Two guys appeared on screen, replacing their kayaks with tiny rubber canoes which were better suited to the shallow water of a river. After a while, though, they ended up walking, legs dry above their ankles, searching for a way out […]

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Sometimes we toss comments, more than discussing, about leaving Earth for another planet. Well – That would be a kind of a journey. Freja, a space engineer student at Luleå tekniska universitet, wrote an essay that might give you some perspective on a journey to a planet, orbiting another star. In-betweeners – by Freja Andrea Dyrbye […]

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Why bring space into the classroom?

The first answer coming to mind is simply “Why not?”. But – There’s a lot more to it. First of all, teachers should be updated on space science. We all should. It’s not an easy task, though. Just reading the news about space science and space technology takes time. Understanding the basic concept often takes […]

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How about visiting another world

The Mars Pathfinder robotic Rover, Sojourner, was the first vehicle landed to explore another planet. That happened July 4th, 1997. Until today, four rovers have successfully been operated on the surface of our red neighbour planet. March 10th, 2016, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had kept a close eye at Mars for ten years. March 14th, 2016, the ExoMars […]

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Satellites in extraordinary orbits

Most of our satellites orbit the Earth – either in Low Earth Orbit, LEO, Medium Earth Orbit, or in Geostationary Orbit, GEO. The closer to the Earth a satellite is the shorter its period. So – What if the satellite is even further away than the geostationary satellites? Why would you place satellites that far […]

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Prepare for surprises

Friday, November 13th, at a conference, Professor Hannu Koskinen, gave a speech about space as an almost infinite source of surprises. Being a part of the Rosetta team, he reminded the audience about comments on the first images showing the duck-shaped comet 67P/Chyryumov-Gerasimenko. The images of Pluto, captured by New Horizons, also were more surprising […]

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To Venus with (love?)

Wherever you are early November you can see our closest planet, Venus, glimmering in the morning sky. Sometimes it appears as a morning star, sometimes like a bright evening star. Asteres planetai was the term used in ancient Greece before anyone got clues enough to build up a knowledge about these wandering stars. Now Venus […]

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Have a look – and see

“It’s beautiful!” Ok. That is reason enough to look at the dark sky. But, of course, there’s more to it. The good thing is that there is a lot more you can find out about the solar system just by looking at the moon and our closest planets with the naked eye! The image above […]

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