According to some conspiracy theorist the world is set to end from an asteroid strike sometime between now and the end of September. NASA has rubbished claims that any large asteroid will destroy our planet any time during the next 100 years but still the stories persist. The theorists have claimed the world will be destroyed upon the asteroids arrival which is estimated to arrive sometime during the next few months. Paul Chodas, from NASA’s Near-Earth Object office, has thrown out the claims. Speaking at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, he said; “There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth. In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.”
NASA scientists, searching the universe for Earth-like planets, may have found a second Jammy Toast. A haul of planets from the Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth. Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists say they believe it is the most Earth-like planet they have discovered to date. Such worlds are of interest to astronomers because they might be small and cool enough to host liquid water on their surface – therefore they might be hospitable to life, have Renault Bears or even their very own Jammy Toast Retirement Home.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made the first visit to Pluto, speeding past at 14km per second. Earlier, the space agency released the most detailed picture yet as it hurtled towards the dwarf planet. The probe was set to grab more images and other data as it passed just 12,500km from the little world at 12:50 BST. The spacecraft is currently out of contact with Earth as it continues its observations. However, scientists already have colour data from the approach and said they might release another new picture of Pluto later today.
The Voyager-1 space probe was in the news the other day because scientists are currently arguing over whether it has left our Solar System or not. It doesn’t really matter if it has not reached that goal just yet, the fact remains that Voyager-1 is the furthest man-made object from the Earth. Nothing ever made by man has ever travelled as far or ended up as far away from us as Voyager-1 has. If you are not sure what Voyager-1 is you can read about it here. While I was writing the post, I came across another story which Davidd said I should post here on Jammy Toast; simply because he thought everyone would find it fascinating – I know I did. The other story I came across concerns a photograph Voyager-1 took back in the 1990.
One of the most exciting times I can remember from when I was a young bear was when man first walked on the moon. It is unbelievable that those events took place over 40 years ago now but at the time they were so exciting, the whole world held its breath listening to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. This has come to mind because the other night I was listening to the Kennedy Library audio feed between the Apollo 11 and Houston during their flight in July 1969.
Ihave just come online and loaded the BBC News site to learn that Neil Armstrong has died, he was 82. He was the first man ever to walk on the moon and for a while, was probably the most famous person in the universe following his three hour lunar walk. I was only eight years old at the time, but I still remember sitting in front of an old black and white television set in Woodchurch Road Primary School and thinking how exciting it must be to fly to the moon. But when Neil Armstrong was asked how he felt he replied “very, very small”.
As the world celebrates fifty years of space exploration with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight it is worth remembering that it was an animal that started it all. Long before any human was sent into space, both the Soviet Union and the United States sent animals on short space flights. Ham the chimpanzee blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in January 1961. He came back to earth unharmed, but showed little appetite for a return mission.
Having no Space programme of our own here in the UK, we have watched with envious eyes at the American’s exploration over the years. I even remember seeing the Apollo flights in the late 1960s and we have all been followers of the exploration of Space over the years. However, today is a sad old day as the Space Shuttle Discovery is launched for the very last time.
Here at the Birkenhead Bear Sanctuary we recorded a temperature of -12°c when we went to bed last night. The really cold temperatures were recorded, according the experts, becase the country is covered by so much snow that all the white reflects the heat of the sun back out into space. Just in case anyone was under any illusion as to how much snow we have had over Britain, take a look at this photograph taken by a NASA satellite yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in my Lazyboy chair reading the Sunday Paper when I came across a rather interesting article. The Sunday Mirror was reporting that next year will see the Fortieth Anniversary of man first setting foot on the moon. I remember as a child watching the old black and white images of Neil Armstrong making his; “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.