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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

What if the Earth had rings like Saturn?

The Earth with rings like Saturn

Imagine that the Earth had a belt of rock, ice and general space-debris encompassing it like the colossal gas giant, Saturn.

What would it look like?

How would it appear to us mere mortals down here on the surface?

Having a Moon that waxes and wanes and occasionally makes for pretty moonlit nights is one thing but to be encircled entirely by rings of rock and ice, as this article describes, takes things to a completely different level!

(Warning: contains a lot of cool artist impressions).

There are more mock-up images and some brief explanations in this YouTube video:

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The ‘Philae’ has landed!

Yesterday history was made when the ESA’s robotic lander, Philae, successfully landed on a comet after having travelled through space with the spacecraft, Rosetta, for over 10 years. This has never been done before and represents a major progression in our space-faring technologies. Philae‘s mission is to examine everything about the comet’s composition and physicality.

You can find out more about Philae and Rosetta at the ESA’s website by following this link here.

Below is a gif summarising the successful voyage and landing sequence:

spacetravelco: Updated xkcd coverage of the #CometLanding via Tanya Harrison

Source: ScienceJunkie

Monday, September 29th, 2014

If the Earth was a cherry tomato…

An interesting infographic taken from a childrens’ book  about space (linked) showing the relative sizes of the planets in the solar system in an easy-to-understand way.

Source: Explore