Half a century after the first man took on a journey to outer space, space exploration is back on the agenda – from popular movies to media broadcasts. Even if you are neither an astronomy buff nor a Star Wars fan, there are five new space discoveries that you should care about.
While NASA plans to return astronauts to the Moon by 2020 for extended missions in search of more water, scientists say it might be a good idea to drop by to Mars as well. In 2011, the first real proof was released that there is water on the Red planet.
Modern space technologies are not only aimed at discovering new phenomena of our universe, but also at changing our views on things that we’ve known for centuries. One of the recent biggest sensations in the world of astronomy was a star with a tail.
Our universe is full of mysteries but there are a few things we know for certain. For instance, that the Earth orbits the Sun and not vice versa, or that there are eight planets in the solar system. If you still believe in the latter, you probably have not heard of Eris.
The Rosetta mission has already been labelled “a spectacular success of space exploration” and “a Nobel prize winning achievement”. For the first time in history a spacecraft was landed on a comet.