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Satellites are also used to monitor and fight climate change

Satellites are also used to monitor and fight climate change

Compartir +1 TwittearCompartir 0 Temperatures are constantly rising, natural disasters are increasing in their virulence, droughts stretch longer and longer, there is less and less ice at the poles, and more and more lands and their populations are exposed to the risk...

How big is a satellite?

How big is a satellite?

The tiniest one is smaller than a Rubik’s cube and was engineered by an Indian student. The European Sentinel satellites are much heavier than a car, but that’s for a reason, as they monitor severe environmental issues!

Arm, knee, hips: the world needs prostheses!

Arm, knee, hips: the world needs prostheses!

You don’t have to be in the aerospace business to imagine what life is like in zero gravity. It’s hard to eat, drink, go to the bathroom and, in general, do anything that involves moving your joints.

What’s a supernova?

What’s a supernova?

Every single star in the universe has an origin and an end. Some of them, like our Sun, may exist for about ten billion years; others, the largest stars, can last up to twenty billion years.

What are Saturn’s rings made of?

What are Saturn’s rings made of?

Saturn is not the only ringed planet in the Solar System. But there is no doubt that the brightest and most massive ring system we all know is Saturn’s. Why? Its secret lies the material it’s made of: ice.

Who was the first woman in space?

Who was the first woman in space?

Compartir +1 TwittearCompartir 0 The name of Valentina Tereshkova probably doesn’t ring a bell, and that’s a shame. We’ve all heard of Neil Armstrong and his legendary first trip to the Moon, but do not know much of this Russian woman, a cotton mill...

Laser eye surgery is possible also thanks to the space race

Laser eye surgery is possible also thanks to the space race

You’re sick and tired of those damn glasses. So, you’re considering surgery to get rid of the eye problems you’ve had since that eye patch in kindergarten. This lifelong solution would not exist without the advances of space industry.

Félicette, the first cat to travel into space

Félicette, the first cat to travel into space

There was a time in the space race when virtually every animal was a candidate to be launched on a rocket. The idea was to check out what happened to them in order to anticipate how humans would resist space flights.

How do astronauts go to the bathroom up there?

How do astronauts go to the bathroom up there?

How do astronauts go to the bathroom up there? This is a very common, intimate question that few dare to make aloud. It’s been a long-kept secret until Samantha Cristoforetti explained it.

What is space debris?

What is space debris?

Most earthlings are unaware of this, but the garbage stalks us. And not exactly milk cartons, plastic bags or soft drink cans, which pose a real problem on their own. As we leave Earth, another kind of junk has all satellite owners on pins and needles.

The wheels on your car are real pro thanks to astronautics

The wheels on your car are real pro thanks to astronautics

We won’t go too far and say that the wheel was invented in space. We’ll give that credit to Mesopotamians. However, engineers did their bit so the rounded, wooden device created several millennia before Christ would become the tires in your car today.

Who was the first human being to travel into space?

Who was the first human being to travel into space?

Neil Armstrong got all the fame when he became the first human to set foot on the Moon in the summer of 1969. However, before that, the Russian Yuri Gagarin had already taken a trip into space, eight years earlier.

Why do we want to go to Mars?

Why do we want to go to Mars?

This is a million-dollar question. Why in Earth would anybody want to go up there? Some would prefer to invest all those funds on earthly matters, but the fact is that space research has brought us great technical advances at home.

Satellite life-saving: how Copernicus helped rescue earthquake victims in Italy

Satellite life-saving: how Copernicus helped rescue earthquake victims in Italy

On April, 6th, 2009, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the Italian town of L’Aquila. 309 people died and hundreds were injured. Alarms went off and help arrived from all over Europe, including its satellites in the sky. Copernicus, the European Earth observation programme, helped save dozens of lives by detecting victims trapped under the rubble, thanks to high-definition images.

What do I have to do to become an astronaut?

What do I have to do to become an astronaut?

There is no such thing as an Astronauts University, nor a master’s degree that will pave the way to outer space. If your dream is to put a spacesuit on and fly up to see the Earth from space, this article is for you. How is the European selection process, how long does it take, what are the requirements?