We live in a time of unprecedented possibilities. Every day new discoveries are helping each of us live longer, healthier and happier.Discoveries from space exploration can be found in everything from cell phones, to medicines, to inspiring stories.
‘The Pink Flower’, a mixed media embellishment with oil paint, sea glass, glass beads and sand on satin digital c-print image on aluminum, inspired by photo of Lake Eyre in Australia taken by Nicole from the ISS.
Paolo Ferri continues his unique insider’s view of this ground-breaking mission and its development from concept through to fruition.In the second of a series of four exclusive articles for ROOM, he recalls the launch postponement which threatened to jeopardise the entire mission and the subsequent re-planning that led to the selection of a new comet target.
Despite having a national citizen launched into space in 1978, Poland remained a relatively small player on the international space scene until becoming a European Space Agency (ESA) member state in 1994.
During the last few decades there have been significant developments in Russian astronautics, one of the most visible results of which has been the creation of long-term orbital space stations.
With a growing trend towards privatisation and commercialisation of space activities, governments around the world have deemed the adoption of national space legislation the most suitable way to regulate and control private space initiatives in order to ensure compliance with international space law principles.
On 31 October 2016 a rather large asteroid will fly close to Earth. The asteroid, with the catchy designation ‘164121’ is large enough to destroy a country the size of France. 164121 was discovered in 2003 by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS). Located in Arizona, the CSS has been the most successful asteroid hunting programme. The knowledge gained from CSS has vastly increased our database of known asteroids.
California-based Planet Labs has recently re-branded itself to ‘Planet’. A bold name change is both a sign of the times and signifies growing market confidence for such companies which are systematically turning traditional space business on its head.
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If you wrote an encyclopedia entry for ‘satellite’ 18 years ago, the description would have been very different to anything written in 2016. The industry, as a whole, has undergone a level of change that hasn’t been seen since the original space race.