AeroSpace and Beyond February 2014

  Coronal mass ejection from a solar flare that bypassed earth On 7 January 2014 active region 1944 on the sun erupted with an X-class X-ray solar flare accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME). A severe space weather warning was issued by the Regional Space Weather Centre of the International Space Environment Service (ISES) […]

Local lad to travel to the edge of space

Mandla Maseko is the first black South African going into space after winning an Axe competition and then being selected among thousands of hopefuls to attend the Axe Apollo Space Academy (AASA), with the eventual opportunity of going into space. While at the AASA, Mandla engaged in a series of missions that gave all recruits […]

NASA Rover results include first age-measurement on Mars, and helps human exploration

NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars science laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial […]

Amateur satellite experiment

The Southern Amateur Radio Satellite Association has invited schools and universities to propose a science experiment to be included in its KLETskous CubeSat. The objective of the experiment is to encourage learners to take a greater interest in science and space technology. KLETSkous is a CubeSat measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm and will […]

Possible extent of ancient lake on Mars

The illustration depicts a concept of the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater, Mars. The existence of a lake billions of years ago was confirmed from examination of mudstone in the crater’s Yellowknife Bay area. For this illustration, the possible extent was estimated by mapping ancient lake and stream deposits and recognising […]

South Africa launches third satellite

On 21 November, 2013 the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, made history by being the firstĀ  in South Africa, and indeed the first in Africa, to launch a locally built nano-satellite into orbit from a site in Russia. AtĀ  a ceremony held in the auditorium at […]