The Space Race of the 1950s saw the Soviet Union and United States competing to send the first artificial satellite into orbit. By 1957 the first stage of the race had been won, with the Soviet Union launching Sputnik. Made possible by advances in technology, Sputnik was only the beginning and since then the number of satellites in orbit has rocketed, with over 6,000 being launched in the years that have followed.
In June of 2013, a group of five students from Stanford University launched a GoPro camera in to the atmosphere via weather balloon so they could snap photos of the desert from space. It was an experiment, of course, which basically consisted of a smartphone, two cameras, and the weather balloon to launch these pieces of technology high into the atmosphere above the desert. The experiment, they thought, was a failure, as they never retrieved any information. But someone just … Read More
The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Continuing on their more-than-37-year journey since their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the sun than Pluto. In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars, filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago. Scientists hope to learn more about this region when Voyager 2, in … Read More