Cluster Discovers Steady Leak in Earth’s Plasmasphere

A steady wind, discovered by ESA’s Cluster mission, is slowly escaping from Earth’s plasmasphere - the torus of plasma that surrounds our planet’s atmosphere. The outflow amounts to almost 90 tonnes a day. Predicted by theory two decades ago, this is one of the main mechanisms that replenishes Earth’s magnetosphere with fresh plasma.

Cluster Discovers Steady Leak in Earth’s Plasmasphere

A steady wind, discovered by ESA’s Cluster mission, is slowly escaping from Earth’s plasmasphere - the torus of plasma that surrounds our planet’s atmosphere. The outflow amounts to almost 90 tonnes a day. Predicted by theory two decades ago, this is one of the main mechanisms that replenishes Earth’s magnetosphere with fresh plasma.

Posted 9 months ago
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knowledgethroughscience:

 The entire surface of planet Mercury has been mapped.Source & credit.

knowledgethroughscience:

The entire surface of planet Mercury has been mapped.
Source & credit.

Reblogged 10 months ago from ilovecharts
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futurejournalismproject:

Exploring Space
The BBC has created a monster infographic illustrating “every attempt to leave Earth’s orbit and reach a destination in extraterrestrial space – be it with probes, orbiters, rovers, or of course manned missions.”
The graphic shows successful and failed missions, country of launch origin and type of mission (eg., fly-by, rover, actual landing).
Related: How Big is Space?
Image: Screenshot, detail from Spacial Awareness: Ultimate guide to exploring space, via the BBC. Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

Exploring Space

The BBC has created a monster infographic illustrating “every attempt to leave Earth’s orbit and reach a destination in extraterrestrial space – be it with probes, orbiters, rovers, or of course manned missions.”

The graphic shows successful and failed missions, country of launch origin and type of mission (eg., fly-by, rover, actual landing).

Related: How Big is Space?

Image: Screenshot, detail from Spacial Awareness: Ultimate guide to exploring space, via the BBC. Select to embiggen.

Reblogged 11 months ago from futurejournalismproject
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How Far is it to Mars?

How Far is it to Mars?

Posted 1 year ago
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Asterank: an Accurate 3D Model of the Asteroids in our Solar System

Asterank 3D Asteroid Orbit Space Simulation, developed by software engineer Ian Webster, is a 3D WebGL-based model of the first 5 planets and the 30 most valuable asteroids, together with their respective orbits in our inner solar system.
Asterank 3D Asteroid Orbit Space Simulation, developed by software engineer Ian Webster, is a 3D WebGL-based model of the first 5 planets and the 30 most valuable asteroids, together with their respective orbits in our inner solar system.
Posted 1 year ago
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 Dark matter scaffolding of universe detected for the first time
Scientists have, for the first time, directly detected part of the invisible dark matter skeleton of the universe, where more than half of all matter is believed to reside.
The discovery, led by a University of Michigan physics researcher, confirms a key prediction in the prevailing theory of how the universe’s current web-like structure evolved.

Dark matter scaffolding of universe detected for the first time

Scientists have, for the first time, directly detected part of the invisible dark matter skeleton of the universe, where more than half of all matter is believed to reside.

The discovery, led by a University of Michigan physics researcher, confirms a key prediction in the prevailing theory of how the universe’s current web-like structure evolved.

Posted 1 year ago
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nahoj666:

Cool and beautiful poster, visualizing some of the spaceships of Star Wars. Check out more from the creator Avanaut on flickr.

nahoj666:

Cool and beautiful poster, visualizing some of the spaceships of Star Wars. Check out more from the creator Avanaut on flickr.

Reblogged 1 year ago from nahoj666
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Space vehicles, to scale

Digging this drawing by astronomy blogger Invader Xan, showing spaceships of the past, present, and (possible?) future lined up side-by-side for size comparison. I, for one, just learn that the Space Shuttle Orbiter was larger than I thought in comparison to the International Space Station.

Space vehicles, to scale

Digging this drawing by astronomy blogger Invader Xan, showing spaceships of the past, present, and (possible?) future lined up side-by-side for size comparison. I, for one, just learn that the Space Shuttle Orbiter was larger than I thought in comparison to the International Space Station.

Posted 1 year ago
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Explore The Galaxy Using The Actual “Minority Report” Interface


NASA has spotted nearly 2,300 planets that humans could call home. Two brilliant design minds—including the guy who created the UIs in Minority Report—allow us to explore them.

Explore The Galaxy Using The Actual “Minority Report” Interface

NASA has spotted nearly 2,300 planets that humans could call home. Two brilliant design minds—including the guy who created the UIs in Minority Report—allow us to explore them.

Posted 1 year ago
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traviskeith:

Has a great data-viz feel. Love this piece.

traviskeith:

Has a great data-viz feel. Love this piece.

Reblogged 1 year ago from traviskeith
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New Infographic Visualizes the Space Debris Cloud Surrounding Earth

Space debris remains one of the biggest challenges for a space-faring humanity in the 21st century, as even the smallest pieces can pose a serious threat to satellites, manned spacecraft and the International Space Station. Now our friends at Fast Company have stumbled on a nifty infographic by Austrian designer Michael Paukner that lays out the space clutter situation more clearly.

New Infographic Visualizes the Space Debris Cloud Surrounding Earth

Space debris remains one of the biggest challenges for a space-faring humanity in the 21st century, as even the smallest pieces can pose a serious threat to satellites, manned spacecraft and the International Space Station. Now our friends at Fast Company have stumbled on a nifty infographic by Austrian designer Michael Paukner that lays out the space clutter situation more clearly.

Posted 2 years ago
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