Science! Space

The Search for Planet 9

The hunt for a potential ‘Planet 9’ by Shannon Stirone over on Longreads is a fascinating story of dogged, patient detective work. Learning from each failure and persisting is the theme of this story set in the other worldly landscape on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, located at Hale […]

Space

Nokia: Connecting Astronauts

RTE reports that Nokia have been selected to build the first mobile network on the Moon. Not sure if your roaming package covers that one yet. The lunar network will be part of the US space agency’s efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 and build long-term settlements there under its Artemis programme.  […]

Space

Volcanoes On Venus (Possibly)

Scientists have identified 37 volcanic structures on Venus that appear to have been recently active – and probably still are today – painting the picture of a geologically dynamic planet and not a dormant world as long thought. The research focused on ring-like structures called coronae, caused by an upwelling of hot rock from deep […]

History People Space

50 Years since Apollo 13 – Lessons in leadership and planning

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/29/apollo-13-how-teamwork-and-tenacity-turned-disaster-into-triumph In approaching this crisis, their delegation of authority and deference to expertise is almost total. In the face of high-stakes scenarios, it is tempting to wrest control from more junior colleagues. But in 1970 the approach of mission control was quite different. They empowered their most junior team members, giving them total ownership of […]