space: August 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg We all know what a meteor shower looks like, we've even seen what they look like from space, but have you ever wondered what they sound like?

Well if so you're in luck, because this audio clip was recently captured by the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.

Boffins say this is the echoes of the Perseid Meteors passing over the monitoring facility which detects, tracks and catalogues artificial objects orbiting Earth

While we think it sounds a bit like aliens trying to make contact, the experts insist that it's not… and point out that we say the same everytime the radio isn't quite tuned in.

275x250.jpg A group of cosmonauts have set a new record for taking part in the longest ever space mission… despite not even leaving Moscow let alone the Earth.

The Mars 500 crew are part of a simulated mission to Mars investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission and are living in a special container on a Russian car park.

So far they have been in there for 441 days - breaking the previous space mission record of 437 days - surrounded by all the equipment they would have if really in space.

As part of the 520 day simulation they even spent two days exploring Mars (or a patch of red sand)… all within the delivery zone of the local Dominos. 

275x250.jpg A NASA astronaut has taken an impressive photograph of a meteor slamming into the Earth's atmosphere from the International Space Station.

Ron Garan - who is coming towards the end of his six month stint on ISS - recently saw the Perseids Meteor Shower and quickly reached for his camera.

The resulting shot - which he duly tweeted on Twitpic - shows a piece of comet dust burning up as it enters into the Earth's atmosphere.

Sure photos of meteors are not that rare… but ones where the meteor is heading away from the photographer and not towards them certainly are.

275x250.jpg NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will feature an unusual crew when it launches tomorrow… three little 1.5-inch tall LEGO figurines.

In a bid to inspire more children to explore science, minifigs of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will set off on the mission.

The trio will arrive at Jupiter at some point in 2016 and the mission will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It's not clear exactly what role the toys will play in the mission… but who cares, it's LEGO in space.

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