Today is the 84th birthday of Alfred (Al) Worden, a member of one of humankind’s most exclusive clubs. You can probably tell which club I’m talking about by glancing at the photograph. 356 more words
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February 4th 1858 marks the discovery, by Hermann Goldschmidt, of asteroid 52 Europa. Europa is approximately 315km in diameter, making it the sixth largest asteroid, and is named after a mythical Phoenician woman with whom Zeus had a fling (for some reason he had decided that taking the form of a white bull was a good idea for this particular wooing, and it worked). 234 more words
Feb 3rd is a big day in spaceflight history, because on this day in 1966, the Soviet Union successfully soft-landed Luna 9 onto the Moon, beating the USA by just over 4 months, and no doubt causing wide grins and double vodkas all round in Moscow. 275 more words
(CNN)A planet thought to have been free floating in space is actually in a colossal orbit around a star 1 trillion kilometers away.
That’s according to a team of astronomers in the UK, U.S. 446 more words