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Friday, 18 October 2013

18 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Threat from Space

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The Threat from Space

Sergei Yolkin



By 2028, astronomers should be able to calculate the precise risk of a collision with Earth of the 400-metre-diameter (1,312-foot-daimeter) asteroid 2013 TV135, and even to identify the possible areas of its fall. As for the current danger from celestial bodies, Sergei Yolkin takes a puckish view…

17 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Thursday, 10 October 2013

10 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Scientists Dreamed of Such a Comet for a Long Time

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Scientists Dreamed of Such a Comet for a Long Time

Sergei Yolkin



Scientists found material from a comet on the Earth’s surface; they hope to learn more about the early history of the solar system from it. Sergei Yolkin has a smile about all that.

9 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Thursday, 13 June 2013

13 June 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Voyager Spacecraft: 35 Years of Flight in the Cosmic Expanse

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“I think that we probably need to send something out there, because the only way to that we’re ever going to find out anything… is to try whatever we can. Anyway, for me, it’s better to be destroyed by aliens than to never know that they exist!”

Abigail Harrison

Minnesota high school student, aspiring cosmonaut

For 35 years, NASA interplanetary probesVoyager 1” and “Voyager 2” sent to earth valuable images of the most-distant planets of the Solar System, and became the first spacecraft to reach previously-unknown regions of space. Our RIA-Novosti infographic gives you some of the most-relevant information about the spaceships and their research programme. NASA launched unmanned space probes “Voyager 1” and “Voyager 2” in 1977 within 16 days from the launch site at Cape Kennedy (Cape Canaveral FL USA) in a space research programme to study Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. To fulfil this mission, the ships were built with an expected lifespan of five years. However, in the course of the flight, when the craft met their planned objectives, it appeared possible that they could manage a close flypast of two more giant planets… Uranus and Neptune. In the summer of 1989, “Voyager 1” became the first spacecraft to explore this planet. “Voyager 2” flew over Neptune next, with a flight-path some 4,950 kilometres (3,076 miles) above its north pole. As the probes flew through the Solar System, NASA reprogrammed many of their functions, so, the “Voyagers” eventually possessed greater resources than those with which they started. Their five-year life span stretched out to twelve years or more. As a result, they examined all the giant planets of the Solar System, 48 of their natural satellites, the system of rings, and their magnetic fields.

Aspiring cosmonaut Abigail Harrison on the Voyager mission and on the need to send space probes beyond the solar system

On why “Voyager 1” may be the first and the last messenger of mankind in the universe, read this article by Ilya Ferapontov

More about the “Voyager” space exploration programme

27 May 2013




Sunday, 17 February 2013

17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Nearest Approaches of Asteroids to the Earth

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On Friday, 15 February 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make its nearest approach to the Earth. Our Infographic shows the asteroids that will come closest to Earth in the next 200 years. To date, scientists have found hundreds of thousands of asteroids in the solar system. Collision of an asteroid with the Earth could cause fires, an earthquake, and/or a tsunami. According to some theories, the cause of past mass extinctions was the falling of celestial bodies on the planet.

On Friday, 15 February 2013 at 19.25 UTC (11.25 PST 14.25 EST 23.25 MSK 06.25 16 February AEST) Asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered in February 2012 by astronomers at the Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra in Spainwill make its closest approach to the Earth, 27,700 kilometres (17,200 miles) above the earth’s surface, which is much lower than geostationary satellites (35,800 kilometres (22,500 miles)). It would be the largest celestial body that has come so close to the Earth on record. The mass of the asteroid is about 190,000 tons (210,000 US tons), and the explosion that would occur in the event of its fall to Earth would be comparable to the Tunguska event.

15 February 2013


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