Space

Videos and little bits of text that give information about the history of mankind in Space and rocket technology.

19th of February 2021: Yesterday NASA managed to land the first-ever helicopter, Ingenuity, along with a rover called Perseverance, on Mars. The landing vehicle took off with the helicopter in a rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on July the 30th 2020, powered by solar panels and batteries and possesses 4 carbon-fibre rotors which it uses to propel itself. Perseverance landed to the north of Mars’ equator, in a sector of the planet called the Jezero Crater. China plans to land a rover in a nearby crater in May. Perseverance is now in the process of drilling in Mars’ surface to extract rocks. Whether this event is real or not can always be questioned, as the landing on the moon has been. Although water has recently been discovered on Mars, temperatures can reach -90°C (-130°F) and the level of gravity on the red planet is 62% lower than that of earth. City Hall buildings have been lit up in red in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, where part of the project was worked on, to celebrate the rover’s landing.

Discovered in 2015, could planet K2-18b be a planet where humans could live? If there is water on its surface, would it be possible to make it a destination for humans who want to retreat from earth? This 12 minute documentary depicts what other planets human beings could live on and is a good visual representation of unknown galaxies. 15th of November 2020.
Launched in 1975, the Viking 1 managed to take the 1st pictures of Mars, the well-knowned red planet. Due to failure, all Viking systems were eventually shut down a couple of years later. 22nd of August 2020.
The short Mercury-Redstone 1 flight began on the November 21, 1960. Popularly referred to as the “four-inch flight”, it was a resounding failure. This video is a little documentary, showing its launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida and giving basic facts about how the rocket was made. 19th of April 2020.
Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to leave earth’s orbit and to orbit around the moon. In the little capsule at the top of the giant Saturn V rocket sat three astronauts: Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, Lunar Module Pilot William Anders and Commander Frank Borman. The rocket was launched on the 21st of December 1968 at 12:51 UTC (coordinated universal time) time. 10th of January 2020
Ham, the first hominid in space, was launched in his cramped little capsule on January the 31st 1961 by NASA. During his journey, he had to press a button when he saw a light. If he managed to do this, he would receive a banana pellet as a reward. If he didn’t he would receive a little electric shock.19 December 2019