Since the beginning of the space age the rocket has entered the collective imagination as the space transport vehicle par excellence and countless are the examples in science fiction between 1940s and 1970s. If one had asked people from that period how they imagined the year 2017 they would have probably depicted a world where […]Read more "The future is now, straight from 1950s"
This is the first time I read something like this in space exploration history: according to the Italian newspaper Repubblica there is a controversy ongoing between Italian Space Agency (ASI) and ESA. Italian Agency accuses ESA to have subcontracted Schiaparelli landing system tests to Astra, a Romanian space company without the skills required for […]Read more "Discount space exploration"
Pluto has surprised scientists: its smooth surface reveals geological activity Just a quick post. Yesterday New Horizons probe has reached Pluto after a nine years long journey of 5 billions Kilometers, a distance so gigantic that light takes more than 4 hours to cover it. This is the first close encounter with the planet for a man-made object. […]Read more "Pluto historical encounter"
Since the very beginning of its activity ASPS believed that the conventional astronautics cannot lead mankind through the stars, for a simple reason: the concept at the base of modern rocketry, to expell mass in order to obtain thrust, is barely exploitable for “rolling around” our planet, let alone conquering Mars or even set a permanent base on […]Read more "The limit of modern astronautics"