220 miles above the Earth on the 12th of March 2009, was a day like any other on the International Space Station, but that was until they received an unusual message stating that they were having a "Red Conjunction". A Red Conjunction is a warning code that the space station could be hit by some orbital debris. The space station itself was traveling at nearly 8 kilometres per second, the space jun
The revelations about New Horizons recent visit to our dwarf planet Pluto, made headlines and news across the globe. The BBC's, The Sky at Night team were lucky enough to be behind the scenes for the whole thing, following the unfolding story every step of the way and now bringing us new insight, revealing the in-depth science behind the incredible images of Pluto and the surprising discoveries of
It's an alien landscape where magnetic tornados, twist upward tens of thousands miles, mysterious dark spots large enough to engulf the earth and violent eruptions shoot tones of charged particles into space at speeds of up to 2 million miles per hour. This is not some strange world situated at the other side of the galaxy, this is our Sun and now new technologies are allowing us to see it like ne
With the idea being born in the midst of unsettled times, this idea somehow evolved into a feat of unexpected excellence, giving rise to one of the most complex machines ever built and with a mission no less extraordinary, transporting humans to and from space itself and helping to construct the International Space Station or ISS. Now however after completing nearly thirty years of flight it's leg
This two-hour NOVA special was originally aired in 1999 and it chronicles the untold story of what went into getting the first men to the moon, from the science to the engineering.
Humans are natural born explorers, we charge into unchartered territory to seek out the unknown, we have mapped nearly every inch of Mother Earth and left tracks on the Moon but to set foot on another planet, to travel beyond out Solar System that is a dream for the future. A dream that comes to life the feature film Interstellar. The film Interstellar deals with a quest for new worlds and the
On November the 12th 2014, the Rosetta mission successfully reached it's goal, a comet, after being launched ten years ago in 2004. The mission was attempting to make history as this was the first mission of it's kind. Upon reaching it's goal Rosetta deployed it's lander Philae which managed to touch down on the comet successfully now it's the probes job to send back valuable data which could poss
Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known but it's becoming more apparent that we cant stay here forever and whether thats down to climate change, killer asteroids or some other horrifying disaster Earth will eventually die. There is good news however, we are currently in the middle of a new space race where by the goal is for people to have settlements on the moon, mars and beyond.
We all think we know the story of space and that it was conquered by the Americans but thats not the real story. The actual conquers of space were a dedicated group of men and women from the other side of the iron curtain. After decades of secrecy they are now free to tell their extraordinary stories of how they risked everything to take the first steps into space.