The James Webb Space Telescope

The replacement to the Hubble space telescope is planned to launch on December 18th. With production beginning all the way back in 2004, it cost a staggering $9.66 billion dollars to manufacture, including operational costs. It is an infrared telescope, which will allow us to see galaxies 100 million years after the Big Bang orContinue reading “The James Webb Space Telescope”

Private Space Exploration

The emergence of private space companies began in the early 2000s: Space X was established in 2002 and Blue Origin in 2000. Currently, the three major players are Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and Space X. Their goals are to make space more accessible for people not formally trained as astronauts. Space X is making otherContinue reading “Private Space Exploration”

Very Large Telescope

The Very Large Telescope is a beautiful facility in northern Chile. The ESO ran facility started operation in 1999. It consists of four optical telescopes that operate at infrared and visible wavelengths. The facility is extremely productive, with only the Hubble telescope producing more research papers during its operation. I just think it’s a dreamContinue reading “Very Large Telescope”

Breakthrough Starshot

Overview The Starshot mission is tasked with reaching Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth at 4.37 light years from the Sun. With current technology it would take 73,000 years to travel there, assuming travel at the speed of the Voyager (NASA). This project wants to use very small nano-probes attached to lightsails, whichContinue reading “Breakthrough Starshot”