space: November 2011 Archives

The chances are we'll never get to go to Mars. And even if we did, we wouldn't want to spend five years, three months and 27 days discovering the planet like the Mars rover Spirit did.

Which is why we're glad someone has decided to make a time-lapse video of the mission which we can enjoy from the comfort of YouTube.

The three minute video consists of almost 3,500 images taken by Spirit's front-right camera which are played at 24 frames per second.

Footage shows the 4.8mile journey across rocks, hills and stirring up the light-coloured soil… which Spirit ended up getting helplessly trapped in.

A time-lapse video of the Earth -- shot by astronauts on board the International Space Station -- has captured an extraordinary view of the northern lights.

The amazing footage of the Aurora Borealis was recorded by the crews of expeditions 28 and 29 using a special low-light 4K-camera 240 miles above Earth and edited together.

Produced by German artist Michael Konig, the five-minute video starts off by showing the USA before moving on to Australia where the Aurora Australis are visible.

The footage also takes in flashes of lightning in the clouds, light caused by human cities and moving satellites illuminated by the sun… now we suggest you stop reading this and press play.

275x250.jpg A 400-meter-wide asteroid is due to cross Earth-Moon orbit later today --but don't worry NASA assure us we're not going to be hit by the hurtling space rock.

The catichily-named 2005 YU55 will pass 15 percent closer to Earth than the Moon’s typical orbit, which is pretty close in space terms.

First discovered in 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program, the asteroid has been previously observed but NASA hope today's fly-by will reveal a wealth of information.

They hope to discover detail about the asteroid’s surface features, shape, and dimensions -- not what happens if it hits us.

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