Friday, June 28, 2013

UK paper publishes photos of 'Satan' in Russia

The Daily Mail has published the archived pictures of 'Satan', the type of ICBM a scientist in Russia said could be used to "'fight'" the threats of asteroids. In mid'-February this year, the Ural region in Russia was hit by those rocks and the impact caused damages as well as injuries.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

China's spacecraft & astronauts back to earth

After a widely reported exploration, the Shenzhou'-'10 spacecraft 'had landed on earth safely this morning, and the 3 astronauts seem to be in good conditions. The weather at the landing site seems to be kind. In an earth-space conversation with the'3'astronauts who were still in space, China''s supremo Xi Jinping said he was very impressed by the performance, especially the space lecture conducted by Wang Yaping. Mr. Xi also said that youngsters in China will benefit from the lecture. By the way, it can clearly be observed that Mr. Xi speaks Mandarin 'or standard-type Chinese language almost without any provincial accent.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Russian scientist says ICBM can fight asteroids

A scientist in Russia has reportedly proposed to use a type of ICBM to "fight" asteroid threats. Russia's Ural region was struck by a powerful meteor 4 months ago and'the explosion caused damages and injuries.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

US still leading in number of women in space

18 June 2013 was the 30th anniversary of America's first woman into space. Unfortunately, 'Dr. Sally Ride passed away last year at 61. Out of the 57 women who have been there thus far, 45 are from America. Svetlana Savitskaya,'the first woman in human history who walked in space and also second USSR woman in space,'is still around in Russia. She holds another honour of being in space twice ('in 1982 and 1984').

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wang Yaping gives physics lessons from space

This morning,'China's second woman blasted into space,'Wang Yaping gave a lecture on physics from space to students ('on earth') in China. It is certainly a fairly creative way to enthuse youngsters in the topic. According to a news backgrounder aired just now by CCTV's Mandarin programme,'it was Barbara (Radding) Morgan,'a US woman astronaut, who first operationalised the 'Space Teachers concept in August 2007.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Astronaut Wang Yaping to lecture from space

China''s second woman now in space (Major) Wang Yaping will deliver a lecture from space tomorrow at 10'a.m and it will be broadcast live. Meanwhile, all the three astronauts are reportedly in good conditions.

NASA picks 4 women for exploration of space

NASA has chosen 4 women to be trained for space missions. 'Dr. Sally Ride, who died last year at 61, was the first US woman sent to space. America is the first country which landed a person on moon (in 1969).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tereshkova's more human dimension emerges

There is, of course, a less technological or more human dimension 'in Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in human history to travel to space. In 1957, her country also successfully launched the first artificial earth satellite, which is called Sputnik 1, into the orbit.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Russia remembers Tereshkova's great mission

Yesterday, Russia honoured Valentina Tereshkova,'the first woman in human history who was blasted into space alone for'3 days in 1963.'In 1961, Yuri Gagarin, from the USSR, became the first person in space. Earlier in 1924, a Society for Studies of Interplanetary Travel was set up'in Moscow for scientists to discuss plans for space exploration and to educate the people, 'especially youths, on scientific ideas of space.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sharing knowledge of space probes via media

What is docking (in space exploration) '? How does the process work'? Now that there is already the technology for automated docking, 'why is there still a need to master manual docking '?' There are now many educational supplements in China''s' mass media to answer these and other questions of space exploration to the people, especially youths. Books and periodicals on science and technology are more affordable in China as the number of readers who are interested'in the topics is sufficiently large for publishers to benefit from the economy of scale.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mandarin now language for space exploration

After launching, 'the next main task of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft is to dock with the space station Tiangong-1. It is now pretty clear that Mandarin has developed into a language which is usable in space age. Many good books on space exploration are now available in Mandarin.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

China launches manned spacecraft as planned

China's Shenzhou -10 spacecraft has been blasted off successfully into the space for a 15-day mission. Major Wang Yaping, 33, becomes the second female astronaut in China's short history of space exploration.

Monday, June 10, 2013

China to blast off Ms. Wang Yaping into space

China will launch the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft tomorrow. Wang Yaping is one of the three astronauts to be blasted off into space. 'Last year, Liu Yang became the first Chinese woman in space for'an exploration.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

First woman in space now wants to visit Mars

The first woman who flew into space Valentina Tereshkova reportedly said that she would like to travel to Mars.'Scientific advance on earth offers opportunities in progressive nations for woman empowerment. In WWII, Soviet Union women had already excelled as air force pilots.

Scientific probes show wrong ideas in history

Looking back from the perspective of history of science(s), 'it is clear that many past conceptions about the earth ( that were also popularly accepted as truth for a long period of time) 'are wrong or without any factual foundation.'Space probes carried out in the last 60 years have shown that many ancient ideas on the universe are also questionable. Why or how were those wrong or questionable ideas formed and held, or defended so passionately 'by so many people on earth in the past ? What prompted or motivated great individuals, like Galileo Galilei to challenge the questionable beliefs and wrong ideas in their societies? Why did they not just accept the popular orthodoxies in their times ?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Space probe establishes new idea of universe

As space exploration continues in 2013 and beyond and new empirical knowledge about outer space increases,'some premodern conceptions have certainly to be discarded because they are not true or scientific. One of the empirically disproved ideas of'the universe is geocentrism which was held to be true for one thousand years in medieval Europe.