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Space is indeed the “final frontier” and even though man has exhausted his exploration of the moon, we are still trying to reach beyond this realm and go further than we ever have before. Scientists are now wondering what is on the icy moon of Jupiter’s Europa and are working towards building a robot that can find out.
As we grow in technology we have now been able to probe Mars to find out what really lies among the red dust and dirt of the 4th planet from the sun. Could there have been life on this Martian rock? With 70,000 images beamed back from the rover aptly named, Curiosity, scientists are anxiously discussing the possibilities.
However, this still isn’t enough. We want to know what is in the heavens above and beyond, so on April 24,1990 the Hubble telescope was launched into space from the space shuttle, Discover. This ingenious piece of equipment is 43.5 feet long (13.2 meters), 14 feet wide (4.2 meters) and weighs a whopping 24,500 pounds (11,113 kilograms)! And it only cost 2.5 billion dollars!
This marvel travels around the earth at 5 miles-per-second at a distance of 353 miles above earth (568 kilometers). Its only purpose is to take pictures and transmit them back to us. Hubble is doing its job as it has recently spotted the birth of a new star. It has cleared through the heavy cloud of dust and debris to reveal LDN 43, in the constellation of Ophiuchus. As you read this article the new nebula is compressing and working to become a new system.
This amazing discovery is helping scientists see how the planet is being formed and are watching the dusty disk that is in close proximity to LDN 43. Could this be more orbiting planets about to be born? Only time (and Hubble) will tell.
Pluto was discovered in 1930 and took status as the 9th planet in our solar system. However, due to new discoveries of similar worlds deep inside of the Kuiper Belt, Pluto has now been demoted to a Dwarf Planet – knocking us down to just eight planets in our solar system.
We may be left with only eight official planets since Pluto’s demotion, but earth and our solar system is actually made up of over one hundred worlds – some of the lesser ones are even larger than Mercury. One named lo has an active volcano, Europa has a liquid water ocean and Titan can boast of its liquid Methane lakes, rivers, and oceans.
We may never truly know what lies in the farthest reaches of our galaxy and beyond, but one thing’s for sure, we will never stop probing and exploring.
For further information on the solar system take a look around the internet or book yourself a tour at a Planetarium. Begin to discover what lies beyond the reaches of this world…
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