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There may be life on Mercury

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may be suitable for the origin of life. This unexpected conclusion was made by specialists from the Institute of Planetary Science, who believe that this tiny world has everything necessary for the emergence of microorganisms. However, although the planet is rich in its virtually inexhaustible energy reserves, the […]

How many stars can be seen in the sky

The number of stars visible in the sky depends on many factors such as season, location, city lights, and more. In ideal conditions, when the sky is clear and there is no cloud cover or city lighting, you can see from 2.5 to 3.5 thousand stars with the naked eye. In nights when the moon […]

Artificial hibernation of astronauts: will hibernation help survive a long flight

Artificial hibernation, also known as torpor, is a process of inducing a state of lowered metabolism in living organisms. This is done by reducing their body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate, which reduces their energy consumption and the need for oxygen. One potential application of artificial hibernation is in long-duration spaceflight. Astronauts in deep […]

How Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day

Cosmonautics Day, also known as International Day of Human Space Flight, is a public holiday in Russia celebrated annually on April 12th. The holiday commemorates the first manned space flight, which was made by Yuri Gagarin on April 12th, 1961. On Cosmonautics Day, people in Russia celebrate the achievements of their country in space exploration […]

Which countries teach astronomy in schools

Astronomy is one of the subjects that is studied in many countries around the world in various forms and volumes. In most countries, astronomy is part of the school curriculum as part of the physics course, but in some countries, it may be a separate subject or part of other scientific subjects. In the United […]

What is the mission of Artemis 2?

The “Artemis 2” project is the second crewed flight within the Artemis program, developed by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the aim of returning astronauts to the Moon and eventually creating the conditions for exploring Mars. The Artemis program was announced in 2017 and represents a multi-stage plan for exploring […]

What is an “X-class” solar flare?

An “X-class” solar flare is an event that occurs on the Sun, where there is a sudden and intense release of energy in the form of a rapid increase in brightness on the solar surface. X-class flares are the most powerful events that can occur on the Sun. They are usually accompanied by strong coronal […]

What is the milky way?

The Milky Way is the galaxy in which our Solar System is located. It is a barred spiral galaxy, which means it has a central bar-shaped structure surrounded by spiral arms. The Milky Way is estimated to be about 100,000 light-years in diameter and contains around 100 billion stars. The Milky Way is also home […]

How much do astronauts in the US earn?

Astronauts in the United States are civil servants and are paid according to the Federal Government’s General Schedule pay scale. The pay scale is based on a combination of the astronaut’s experience and education. As of 2021, the starting salary for a NASA astronaut is $66,167 per year. However, this salary can increase up to […]