The Crazy Way Scientists Launch Rockets From Balloons

Large chemical rockets are needed to launch payloads into space from the ground, but could rockoons, rocket balloons, be a more efficient alternative? Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again, Along With 102 Other Celestial Bodies – Sign Up For The Seeker Newsletter Here – Read More: Rockoon “The Rockoon (balloon-launched rocket) consisted of a …

We Found New Planets. No, You Can’t Live There

Everyone is freaking out about the discovery of 7 new potentially-habitable exoplanets, but is Trappist-1 really as good as it sounds? Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again, Along With 102 Other Celestial Bodies – Sign Up For The Seeker Newsletter Here – Read More: ‘Habitable’ Exoplanets Might Not Be Very Earth-Like After All “One …

The Hunt For A Second Earth

NASA’s Kepler telescope was launched to find other planets just like earth– and now, scientists think they may have found not just one, but three! Trace shows us where they are in the solar system and why the discovery is so important. Read More: “Kepler: A Search For Habitable Planets” “10 Remarkable Exoplanets” “From a …

The Blackest And Whitest Things Around!

What’s blacker than black and whiter that white? Trace tells you how NASA is testing the blackest substance in the world for use on satellites, but despite all our trying, nature beat us at creating the whitest. Read More: The beetle’s white album “The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle …

How Do We See Things From Space?

NASA recently announced that they will be using satellites to help find the missing Malaysian Airline Flight 370. How can these satellites see objects clearly despite being incredibly far away? Trace is here to explain. Read More: How Satellites Work “Down on the ground, satellites can look very similar — shiny boxes or cylinders adorned …

How Long Can The ISS Survive Without New Supplies?

On June 28th, a SpaceX rocket exploded. It’s mission was to resupply the International Space Station, so what do the astronauts on the ISS do now? Read More: SpaceX Updates CRS-7 LAUNCH UPDATE “Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission.” SpaceX’s rocket just …