Lunar Mission One, a British-lead venture, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to send a drill-equipped robotic lander to mine the moon's south pole. The phase will raise $950,000 if everything goes according to plan, financing Lunar Mission One's planning and management activities during the initial phase of what will be 10 years of preparation to build up toward launch in 2024. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Like many have seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar black holes are both frightening and fascinating at the same time. Scientists reported that they have discovered supermassive black holes - aka quasars - are actually aligned with each other over distances stretching billions of light-years. These observations were made with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. A quasar is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxy, that surrounds its central supermassive black hole. Its size is 10-10,000 times the Schwarzschild radius of the black hole. The energy emitted by a quasar derives from mass falling onto the accretion disc around the black hole. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. It's named after the Roman god of war, and often called the "Red Planet" because of the iron oxide prevalent on its surface, which gives it a reddish appearance. Now if you were to view Earth from Mars, you'd probably only see a small white dot. Continue reading for more fascinating images showing just how insignificant we really are in this universe.
UFO researchers certainly aren't the most credible source out there, but Scott Waring of UFOSightingsDaily reportedly received an email from a secret whistle-blowing employee of the ESA that states, "Comet 67P is NOT a comet. Some 20 years ago NASA began detecting radio bursts from an unknown origin out in space. It would later be known that these had likely come from the direction of the now named comet 67P. It does show signs on its outside of machine like parts and unnatural terrain." Continue reading for a detailed video explanation of these claims.
Researchers based out of the University of California, Berkeley used the world's two most powerful telescopes, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope, to spot unusually bright cloud activity in the upper atmosphere of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, which lies about 1.86 billion miles away. The team spotted approximately 8 storms in the planet's northern hemisphere over a span of just two days in August. There was one storm in particular that is now considered the brightest ever seen there, accounting for 30% of all the reflected light we can see coming off the planet. Continue reading for a more detailed video on Uranus and additional information about the mega storms.
The ESA's mission to land a probe on the surface of the 67P/Churyumox-Gerasimenko Comet has been a long 10-year journey, but Rosetta Spacecraft mission was a success, and it became the first-ever craft to rendezvous with a comet in August. The Philae lander also hitched a ride on the spacecraft and made a seven-hour descent toward the surface of the comet Thursday and safely landing just before midnight EST. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Life Straw being used to filter urinal water, vomit ,and much more.
Philae successfully landed on comet 67P today at 3:30pm GMT, making it the first craft in history to land on a comet. The probe separated from the Rosetta spacecraft approximately 7-hours earlier after spending 10-years in space. ESA director says: "It's a big step for human civilization. Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured another place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a probe to a comet's surface." Continue reading for the 13 things you may not know.
Many know the European Space Agency (ESA) as an international organization with 20 Member States, established in 1975. After nearly 4-decades of research, they've managed to collect 12,000 high-resolution images of space. One notable archive is called "Observing the Earth", a collection of satellite images of our planet, including the painting-like photos above. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Blizzard's mind-blowing Overwatch project.
We all know about earthquakes, but did you know that moonquakes also exist? That's right, they were first discovered by the Apollo astronauts. Moonquakes are much weaker than the largest earthquakes, though they can last for up to an hour, due to the lack of water to dampen seismic vibrations. Information about moonquakes comes from seismometers placed on the Moon by Apollo astronauts from 1969 through 1972. The instruments placed by the Apollo 12, 14, 15 and 16 functioned perfectly until they were switched off in 1977. The first three kinds of moonquakes mentioned above tend to be mild; however, shallow moonquakes can register up to 5.5 on the Richter scale. Between 1972 and 1977, twenty-eight shallow moonquakes were observed. On Earth, quakes of magnitude 4.5 and above can cause damage to buildings and other rigid structures. Continue reading for more.
Scientists from Griffiths University and the University of California claim that parallel universes really do exist and that rather than evolving independently, they influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. Howard Wiseman, a professor in Physics at Griffith University, says: "The idea of parallel universes in quantum mechanics has been around since 1957. In the well-known 'Many-Worlds Interpretation'', each universe branches into a bunch of new universes every time a quantum measurement is made." Continue reading for a detailed documentary by National Geographic and more information.