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For the past 17 years, humans have been a continuous presence in space. Every day since november 2000, at least three people have been orbiting Earth in the International Space Station at all times. But now NASA and the other participating countries are looking toward what’s going to happen to the station in the future. Spoiler alert: Nobody knows. The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998 when the first Russian module was launched. Over the years, the station has grown considerably by adding dozens of modules, dockingRead More
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SpaceX is going to the moon. In 2018, Elon Musks enterprise wants to be the first private company to not only put people in space, but also to take them beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) for the first time in 45 years. The plans are very exciting, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before the mission will take off. When SpaceX says it’s “going back to the moon”, it doesn’t mean quite something similar to the Apollo-missions (at least the landing-missions from Apollo 11 and up).Read More
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Trappist-1, a small star pretty close to Earth, has no less than 7 exoplanets orbiting it. The discovery is another new milestone in a series of many successful exoplanetary discoveries, but what exactly makes the Trappist-1 research so exciting? 4 questions about the big news. A team of Belgian and American scientists made made a big announcement yesterday: a star was found 7 exoplanets orbiting it, the largest amount of exoplanets ever discovered around a single star. This is exciting for a few reasons. Not in the least place, it’sRead More
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SpaceX has rounded off its investigation of the rocket that exploded somewhere last year. The company is back on track to ‘Return To Flight’, but what exactly happened with the Falcon 9 that blew up during a static fire test? What happened exactly? On September 1st, 2016, a Falcon 9-rocket exploded during a routine test. The rocket was scheduled to lift off 2 days later, carrying the Israeli made Amos-6 communications satellite. But during the static-fire engine test (a routine procedure before SpaceX-launches), a huge explosion destroyed the top halfRead More
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Een raket van SpaceX is ontploft tijdens een test. Dat kan grote gevolgen hebben voor de toekomst van SpaceX’ lanceerprogramma, maar wat precies? We kijken naar de gevolgen van de mislukte test, en naar wat er precies is gebeurd. Wat is er precies aan de hand? Een Falcon 9 van SpaceX is ontploft tijdens een ‘static fire-test’ op het lanceerplatform bij Cape Canaveral. SpaceX sloot vorig jaar een lease af met NASA om dat platform te gebruiken. De ontploffing vond plaats tijdens een test die SpaceX standaard uitvoert vóór iedereRead More
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There’s plenty to do about the ISS, the permanently manned space station that holds astronauts from all corners of the Earth. But few people know there’s a second space station currently in orbit around the Earth. The Chinese Tiangong station might not be manned, but the country has big plans for the future of the habitat. Tiangong is China’s own independent access to space, something the Chinese have aspired since astronauts Yang Liwei’s first flight in 2003. Heavenly Palace The station is called Tiangong-1, which roughly translates to ‘Palace ofRead More
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Astronomen zeggen een negende planeet in het zonnestelsel te hebben ontdekt, de mysterieuze ‘Planeet X’. Als dat echt waar is, is het één van de grootste astronomische ontwikkelingen in decennia – maar dat is een heel grote ‘misschien’… Wat is ‘Planeet X’ precies, en bestaat ‘ie nou wel of niet? ‘Planeet X’, of ‘Planeet 9’ zoals astronomen hem ook wel noemen, is alleen ontdekt via zwaartekrachtsafwijkingen van dwergplaneten en asteroiden aan het einde van het zonnestelsel. De vondst daarvan werd gedaan door een team astronomen van de Caltech Universiteit inRead More
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Has the infamous 'Planet X' really been discovered? The mysterious planet at the end of the Solar System has alluded astronomers for years, but new evidence suggests it might just exist. What's the deal?Read More
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So maybe you received a star for Christmas. It’s possible, because googling ‘how to buy a star’ returns thousands of results of online stores that tell you a certain dot in the sky is now ‘your star’. The same goes for craters on Mars or patches of land on the moon. Unfortunately though, all these gifts are fake. There’s no difficulty in choosing a cheap company that can buy a star for you. A package will usually consist of a piece of paper, a ‘certificate’ written in nice cursive charactersRead More
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You’re 400 kilometers above the Earth, locked in a small space with your colleagues, far away from your family… It doesn’t sound very pleasant to be in space during the holidays, but even in the International Space Station astronauts celebrate Christmas. But how? The 6 astronauts currently aboard the Station aren’t the first to spend Christmas there – and they won’t be the last. The Station has been permanently manned since 2001, which means there have been quite a few Christmas parties. Decking the halls with jolly The ISS isRead More