The GPS works so well for cars, ships and even planes, but have you ever wondered how the Sci-Fi space ships find their way in galaxy?? Yeah GPS, help them too, not the Global Positioning System but the Galactic Positioning System which is now under development. NASA’s new autonomous X-ray navigation system could provide deep-space missions with a cosmic version of GPS. Instead of satellite signals, they use X rays from pulsars. Pulsars are a type of dead star having enormous magnetic fields, whose rotation produces X-ray signals with an highly exact rhythm. Pulsars are called “cosmic lighthouses” because their rapid pulse of radio emission is so predictable, that it can be used as a simple straightforward method of Navigation. The system works by combining pulsar pulse data from a reference location such as Earth allowing spaceships to determine their location in space to an accuracy of 3 miles. Continue reading “Galactic Positioning System”
After a five year journey from Earth, Juno – NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft safely entered Jupiter’s orbit early Tuesday. Juno was launched on 5 August 2011,from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and the probe has travelled a total distance of 1,740 million miles (2,800 million kilometres) to reach the gaseous planet.
India’s first mission to Moon
“THE MOON” with the history of the early solar system etched on it beckons mankind from time immemorial to admire its marvels and discover its secrets. Understanding the moon provides a pathway to unravel the early evolution of the solar system and that of the planet earth. Continue reading “Chandrayaan -1”