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WASP_17b

BIGGEST PLANET

WASP_17b is a huge planet, twice the size of Jupiter that orbits a yellow-white dwarf star similar to the Sun, around 1,000 light years from Earth. It’s considered a ‘hot Jupiter’ due to the extreme proximity of its orbit with its parent star. It has a density around half that of Jupiter and has one of the lowest known densities of all the planets. It’s a combination of the baking heat it endures as well as the tidal forces of its nearby host star’s gravity, which is suspected to have caused WASP_17b to inflate to its enormous size

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Space Launch System

The Space Launch System (SLS) is the next step in NASA’s space exploration programme. The retirement of the Space Shuttle in July 2011 has left America without a means to take their own astronauts to orbit for the first time since 1981, but such a step was necessary in order to transition from missions into low Earth orbit (LEO) to deep space missions.

LEO is being left to the realm of private space companies, with NASA now focusing its exploration efforts almost solely on deep space. The SLS is the rocket that will enable humans to reach new destinations such

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On board with Virgin Galactic.

We spoke to the President of Virgin Galactic, Steve Isakowitz, about the work this pioneering private space company is doing and what we can expect in the future.

Why are space planes like Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo so important for the exploration of space?

Well I think it’s going after one of the toughest problems in space exploration, which is that if you’re ultimately going to reduce the cost of getting people into space, one needs to demonstrate a routine ability to reuse hardware and to fly things over and over. [Space travel is] really the only transportation mode, whether it’s

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Next-gen Rockets

Right now, companies around the world are building a new breed of super launcher that will have the capability to take bigger payloads in greater numbers beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) than ever before.

Known as heavy-lift rockets, these behemoths are essential if we are to continue our unmanned exploration of the Solar System as well as taking humans to new destinations. But there’s a reason the last such vehicle, the Saturn V, was retired over 40 years ago; these massive launchers are not only expensive but complicated and a huge engineering challenge, too. Now, however, it’s time to take

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In the future, would it be possible to cross a planets orbit to reach it quicker?

Richard Badger

Planning spacecraft flight paths takes a lot of refinement. Due to the expense of spaceflight, the trick is to find the most efficient flight path. This reduces the fuel needed and therefore the cost to launch the mission.

We know the shortest and quickest way from one point to another is a straight line. Sadly, this process breaks down in space. This is because the two points are often moving and the transfer vehicle already has a motion based on the orbital speed of the planet or object it leaves from. To counter this, when planning orbital manoeuvres

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Armageddon averted in 2036.

Asteroid’s disastrous collision with Earth no longer on the cards.

The most dangerous asteroid discovered yet looks like it’s not going to impact Earth after all — but if it did it would create a bigger crater.

In 2004, astronomers discovered Apophis and initially deemed it to have a 2.7 per cent chance of slamming catastrophically into Earth in 2029, when it flies within 36,000 kilometres (22,000 miles) of Earth, inside the ring of geostationary satellites. That danger was quickly ruled out as its orbit was plotted more precisely, but a further menace lurked in the future; if during the

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The successful launch rocket Zenit-3SL

December 3, 2012 at 22:44 Kyiv time from a floating platform "Odyssey" (Odissey) on the equator in the Pacific Ocean successfully launched the Ukrainian-Russian carrier rocket "Zenit-3SL" with American communications satellite "Intelsat-21."

The first and second stages of the three-stage rocket "Zenit-3SL" designed by Design Bureau "Southern" and manufactured at the production association "Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after AM Makarov." The third stage (D-stage-SL) was designed and manufactured Rocket and Space Corporation "Energia". Korolev (Korolyov, Moscow region, Russia).

The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Oleksandr Vilkul, congratulating the teams' Southern Machine-Building Plant. M. A. Makarov "and"

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Ukrainian carrier rocket to orbit a communications satellite

June 1, 2012, at 8:30 am Moscow time from the Odyssey floating platform in the Pacific Ocean as part of the project "Sea Launch" was successfully launched rocket Zenit-3SL. She led the U.S. into a geostationary orbit spacecraft Intelsat 19 weighing 5536 kg, the press service of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.

Zenit carrier rocket developed by the State Enterprise Design Bureau of South and made public enterprise Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant in cooperation with Russian and Ukrainian enterprises.

Satellite Intelsat-19 was created by U.S. company Space Systems Loral commissioned by global satellite operator Intelsat. The

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Intelsat satellite in orbit

U.S. satellite telecommunications Intelsat 22, launched from Baikonur on Sunday with the launch vehicle "Proton-M", launched into the target orbit. This is the third successful Russian space launch in the coming year.

Moscow. March 26. INTERFAX.RU — Russian booster "Briz-M" brought the American telecommunications satellite Intelsat 22 at supersinhronnuyu geosynchronous transfer orbit. "The spacecraft separated from the upper stage and handed over control to the customer," — "Interfax", the press service of the Space Center. Khrunichev.

Carrier rocket "Proton-M" was launched at 16:10 MSK on March 25. The total clearing time satellite to the target orbit and

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Satellite Yamal-402 launched into orbit

Satellite "Yamal-402", launched on December 8, launched into geostationary orbit calculated, reported RIA Novosti on the night of Saturday, December 15, representatives of "Gazprom — Space Systems", which owns the machine.

To derive a geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometers satellite "Yamal-402" took hold four maneuver. According to experts, the satellite will last 11 years.

Before you use the satellite for their intended purpose, we still put it "in the operating point of standing" and carry out a set of flight tests, reminded the company "Gazprom — Space Systems." It is expected that flight tests will be completed in

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