Perseverance’s 7 Minutes of Terror

This Thursday (18th Feb), if everything goes smoothly, NASA’s Perseverance Rover will touch down on the surface of Mars. The landing sequence required to get it safely to the surface is like something from science fiction. It is a complex landing sequence, made all the more difficult by the fact that real time communication withContinue reading “Perseverance’s 7 Minutes of Terror”

Could There Be Life On Venus?

Today, 14th September 2020, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) held a virtual press conference via Zoom for what could be one of the most significant discoveries in decades. A group of researchers from MIT, the University of Manchester and University of Cardiff have found a gas called phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. They madeContinue reading “Could There Be Life On Venus?”

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Last week, the latest NASA mission to Mars, the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Over the next 7 months, the rover will make its way to the Red Planet. It will land in Jezero crater on 18th February 2021. The mission is known as Mars 2020, due toContinue reading “Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover”

Saturn- The Lord of the Rings

Saturn is one of the most beautiful planets. It has spectacular rings, or as Galileo described them, ears. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in our Solar System. Saturn is named after the Roman god of wealth and agriculture. Similar to Jupiter, the planet is made primarily of hydrogenContinue reading “Saturn- The Lord of the Rings”