A factoid that may interest you.
One of the greatest things about living up North is that colour doesn’t just change from day to day. It changes in its character. Blue today isn’t like blue tomorrow. Look through my earlier posts from this spring and into the summer. You’ll find stuff that looks similar, just without the aquarell quality to the […]
Science and faith. What do facts matter to the gut?
(with a nod to Carl Sagan) Why are people so afraid of science? Or are they? As a scientist, or, in fact, as a curious human being, I cannot but notice that science is treated differently from other aspects of life. To give just one example, a car mechanic can point towards his experience and […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Sober Scientist. What an excrutiatingly weird concept to me. I am one myself, a scientist, I mean; and I know how much I have to force myself to not feel but think when it comes to science. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know where the image of the sober scientist comes from. It […]
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 […]
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 […]
I asked a stupid question on Google+. I rather often do, so that is not unusual. At about the same time of that post, I called mixing up the terms scientists, researchers and engineers like assigning grey colour to a blue sky, something more than simply not getting categorizations straight, on this very blog. I […]