Space

Wooden satellite from Finland

World’s first wooden satellite slated for launch in Finland. UPM Plywood, Arctic Astronautics and Huld announce today a joint mission to launch the first ever wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat, into Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021. The satellite electronics is mostly based on Kitsat that is a fully functional one unit CubeSat (roughly 10

Earth’s magnetic field is changing

It seems that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening and changing at the moment. The magnetic North is moving towards Siberia and South Atlantic Anomaly weakening the Earth’s magnetic field. There is some fear that the weakening is causing technical problems for satellites and could have other effects. Here are some links to news on this

Apollo 11 celebration week

This week seems to have many news related to 50 years of Apollo 11 spaceflight. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Moon is not just history. Today, a new rush of enthusiasm for lunar exploration has swept up

Reaktor Space Lab takes off with nanosatellite

https://www.reaktor.com/blog/reaktor-space-lab-takes-off/ At 6.28 a.m. Helsinki time today, Reaktor Space Lab launched Finland’s first commercially-built nanosatellite into space. The team had some the people who had launched Finland’s first two satellites: Aalto 1 and Aalto 2. There is also another Finnish satellite being launched hopefully in few days: http://suomi100satelliitti.fi/laukaisu_aikaisintaan_2_joulukuuta

NASA’s InSight Probe Has Successfully Touched Down On The Surface Of Mars | IFLScience

https://www.iflscience.com/space/nasas-insight-probe-has-successfully-touched-down-on-the-surface-of-mars/ NASA has confirmed that its InSight spacecraft has safely touched down on Mars, the first successful landing on the Red Planet in more than six years. Check also posting on older Mars probe at http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2012/08/24/mars-rover/