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A visit to the Moon: one spot still available

Fly me to the Moon, sang Frank Sinatra and now Space Adventures turns it into reality for a mere $150 million. The company that sent several clients to the International Space Station in the 2000s now offers two tickets to fly around the Moon during an eight-day trip in a Soyuz spacecraft.

The Soyuz in itself can't leave low-Earth orbit of course, it will need and additional booster to do that. So Space Adventures plans two separate launches, one of which will lift the spacecraft with the two passengers and presumably a third professional astronaut. The second rocket will carry the Russian Block-DM booster, commonly used as third stage on Russian rockets, and an additional habitation module to maximize comfort. The two vehicles will then rendezvous in low-Earth orbit and head towards the Moon. The first launch may occur in 2015.

Last Updated (Monday, 16 May 2011 02:16)

 

GPS receives special award

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation. The 60th Anniversary Award of the organization goes to the Global Positioning System (GPS), nominated by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The GPS has earned the acknowledgment because it demonstrates that the implementation of space exploration and space science benefits humanity on an every day basis.

artist's concept of a GPS satellite in orbit

 

NASA creates most detailed topographic Moon map ever

NASA’s Lunar Reconaisance Orbiter (LRO) opens the possibility for researchers to create the most detailed and complete map of the Moon’s complex, cratered surface ever. Data collected by the probe will be a fundamental reference for several future Moon missions.

 

Last Updated (Monday, 07 February 2011 22:01)

 

Partial solar eclipse on Tuesday

On the 4th of January, 2011, the Sun will be obscured by the Moon during a partial solar eclipse. The rare phenomenon will be visible from most of Europe, parts of Asia and the Middle-East. The Moon will cover nearly 80% of our star in the morning hours. In the animation below, the event can be viewed from various perspectives.

As the Moon orbits around our planet, from time to time it gets between the Sun and Earth. When this happens, the Moon casts a shadow on us, this we experience as a solar eclipse. As the Moon is about 400 times smaller than our star, but by mere coincidence it is nearly exactly 400 times closer, the two bodies appear in similar size on the sky. Thus the Earth is a rare and exceptional planet, as near exact total solar eclipse can happen, meaning the Moon can entirely block the sundisk, but not its corona. In Europe, such a rare event happened in 1999, but just Tuesday morning a near total overlap will happen. Over Hungary, this will mean an approximately 77-78% coverage, which will happen in the morning hours, reaching its peak at 9:37 local time at Budapest.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 29 January 2011 13:43)

 

Would you be happy to see a Hungarian space probe on the Moon?

We are simply curious and would like to know if you would be happy to see a Hungarian space probe on the Moon. (Of course, we mean ours :-)).

You can give your vote by sending an sms (in Hungary); details see in the Hungarian version of this page.

Last Updated (Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:37)

 
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