Space Shuttle Program
On September 24, 1966, as the Apollo space program neared design completion, NASA and the Air Force published a joint study concluding that a new vehicle was required to meet its future demands and that a partially reusable system would be the most cost-effective solution. The orbiter had the design elements and capabilities of both a rocket and an airplane to allow it to be launched vertically and then land as a glider. Five Space Shuttle orbiters were built. These vehicles flew a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011 and carried 16 astronauts from 355 countries.
(I’ve added a link to a fun video on the subject that I think you’ll enjoy. 🙂
What is Exoplanet?
Exoplanet is the name given to planets that are outside the Solar System and orbit another star. Exoplanets became a subject of scientific research in the mid-19th century, but a confirmed exoplanet was first discovered in 1992. Since then, thousands of exoplanets have been detected by different methods. As of July 1, 2023, there are 5,425 confirmed exoplanets in 4,001 planetary systems, and 868 of these planetary systems have more than one planet. While some exoplanets are similar to planets in the Solar System, some are planets we have never seen. For example, hot Jupiters are giant planets that are very close to their stars. The existence of exoplanets provides an important clue to investigate the possibility of life in the universe.
Paul Dirac and Antimatter
Paul Dirac was one of the most important physicists of the 20th century. He carried out revolutionary work in the fields of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He also contributed to concepts such as antimatter, magnetic monopoles, and string theory. Space time was a subject that Dirac was interested in. He wrote a book specifically about quantum mechanics in curved space time. Dirac showed that space-time is not empty, but filled with short-lived antiparticles. We commemorate the successful physicist Paul Dirac, who passed away on October 20, 1984, with respect on the 39th anniversary of his death.
If you want to learn about his striking studies, I believe this video linked below will be an effective start.
This Week in Our Art Corner
Love Death and Robots
Love, Death & Robots; (stylized as LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS) is an animation, science fiction and eclectic series streaming on Netflix. The first season was released on March 15, 2019 with 18 episodes. The series, which deals with a different topic in each episode, covers different genres, from science fiction to comedy, from fantasy to horror.