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Can bacteria survive 500 years in space? News

by David, 14 February 2019 | 1 comments

Image of a red orb sealed in a glass bottle.

Imagine bacteria, clinging to a rock, floating deep in space. The rock was once blasted off its planet by a cataclysmic explosion. Hundreds of years in the future, the rock encounters a new planet, bringing these lonely bacteria with it. The question is, could the bacteria survive?

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Interstellar traveller pays us a visit News

by David, 6 February 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a very large rock travelling through space.

What’s 180 metres long, 30 metres wide, and travels between distant solar systems? No, it’s not a new NASA spacecraft. It’s a space rock known as ‘Oumuamua, and it’s the first known object from outside our solar system that has come to visit!

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We found Philae!

by David, 14 November 2016 | 0 comments

It’s been a wild ride through space for the Philae lander. Two years ago, Philae hitched a ride aboard the European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta. Together they took a one-way trip to a comet known as 67P. This little lander became the first spacecraft to touchdown on a comet. Unfortunately, Philae’s harpoons didn’t fire properly…

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Venus’ cool past

by David, 26 August 2016 | 0 comments

In some ways, Venus is Earth’s twin – it’s the closest planet to Earth, and it’s almost exactly the same size. But poor Venus flies too close to the Sun. Brighter sunlight and a runaway greenhouse effect makes Venus unbearably hot, with temperatures averaging more than 450 degrees Celsius. But recent climate simulations suggest that…

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Try this: How full is choc-full? Activity

by David, 12 May 2016 | 2 comments

You will need A small dish, about 2 cups in size Baking paper Butter or spray oil 2 cups of marshmallows ½ cup of peanuts ½ cup of snake lollies, cut into small pieces Scissors or a sharp knife 400 g of dark chocolate Microwave container or saucepan SAFETY: You don’t need to use peanuts. If…

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Space weather on Friday the 13th

by , 13 March 2015 | 0 comments

A minor geomagnetic storm was forecast for around midday (Australia time) Friday the 13 of March. The storm is a result of three solar flares from the Sun that occurred earlier this week. The coronal mass ejections from these solar flares may strike a glancing blow to the Earth this Friday, according to scientists from…

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Catching a comet

by , 14 November 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft released a lander called Philae (FEE-lay) to land onto a comet’s icy surface. This European Space Agency mission is the first ever to orbit and land on a comet. The Rosetta spacecraft has just completed a high-speed chase to catch comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta was launched ten years ago from…

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Brave little rover News

by Sarah, 31 January 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Neha Karl On 22 January 2014, Earth received a selfie from Mars Rover Opportunity – proving she is still going strong 10 years after she first landed on Mars! The image from Opportunity was taken with her panoramic camera, and showed the rover covered in dust.

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