Space debris are a danger for satellites

space-junk-largeMankind polluted Earth’s oceans and atmosphere in an impressive way. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) it also polluted space in such a way that it represents a danger for satellites for the next 10,000 years !

To their website: “Since 1957, more than 4,800 space launches have led to an on-orbit population today of approximately 13,200 trackable objects, with sizes larger than 10 cm.”

Additionally, any object bigger than a centimeter represents an important danger for satellites because of their speed. There are up to 600,000 of them in terrestrial space.

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There is water on Mars !

This is now official, even if there is no life on Mars, there is at least water. This most interesting founding is due to the US NASA and its Mars Phoenix Lander mission.

The mission begun on May 25th and was extended one month until the end of September as the findings are very interesting and the progress are very successful.

This occurs as I am reading the second book of the Martian Trilogy, a great science fiction series by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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European space lab Columbus installed on ISS

Last night was successfully installed on the International Space Station the laboratory Columbus. This is a major event as it is the first European module to be part of the ISS.

Both the ESA and NASA, respectively the European and US space agencies, expressed their delight of such a major success on their websites.

Columbus will enable astronauts to perform during ten years many experiments in life sciences thanks to its numerous laboratories.

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