With NASA reporting technical issues with the Hubble Space Telescope's payload computer and starting procedures to switch to backup hardware, Professor Peter Wheatley from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group in our Department of Physics comments on the importance of this 31 year old mission.
Today sees the launch of 36 new satellites that will form part of a network established by OneWeb that aims to offer a global internet service from space. Dr David Brown from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group in our Department of Physics comments on the benefits this could bring, and some of the problems it poses.
"We need to take action to understand the debris population before the collision risk in certain orbits becomes significant – making them unusable." Professor Don Pollacco comments on the issues highlighted by the re-entry of a Chinese rocket launcher expected this weekend.
Astronomers have announced the detection of the gas phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, a gas generally produced by microbes in oxygen-free environments, suggesting that there could be life in the planet's atmosphere. The idea that Venus could host life is not as bizarre as it sounds says Dr Tom Louden from the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick.
The European Space Agency is due to launch its Solar Orbiter on Monday 10 February, and Dr David Brown from the University of Warwick Department of Physics has commented on the mission's importance in understanding the behaviour of our own Sun.