Space, eh? It’s pretty big. And people always want to know stuff about it, which seems quite nosey, but then again it might just hold the answers to questions like “where did we come from?”, “how are we here?” and “where are we going?” So we’re sure space can forgive the invasion of privacy.
Anyway, with the ESA having recently landed a spacecraft on a speeding comet (very cool) in a bid to find out more about how our solar system was formed, we thought it’d be a good time to have a look at some other awesome Space stories of the last ten years.
On the 14th of January 2005, the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe dropped through Titan’s atmosphere after a seven-year space jam attached to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The probe essentially revealed that Titan was very similar to a young Earth. It’s full of sand dunes and lakes, which are laced with organic molecules that could theoretically support life.
In 2008, organic chemicals were detected in the disk surrounding a star called HR 4796A, 220 light-years from Earth. Recently, NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes picked up traces of carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet called HD 209458b. This basically tells us that life may not be unique to Earth. Something most people assume, but actual proof is always cool.