Canada's Lunar Gateway

March 1, 2019
And Canada is officially back in the space race, with the announcement today of two billion dollars over twenty-four years going to aerospace companies that will help to build the Lunar Gateway project.

For those who have not followed this project, Lunar Gateway is a plan by NASA to place a manned space station in polar orbit around the Moon, and to use it as a staging area for future missions to Mars or beyond. It will take two decades to complete, but when finished will provide both a laboratory for space based experiments and an intermediate destination and supply depot for longer missions to other planets and objects in our solar system.

Canada is already a world leader in many areas of science and technology, and this announcement will only make us stronger. Congratulations to the government for recognizing the value of science and technology in the twenty-first century!
 

Opportunity Ends

February 15, 2019
Nearly fifteen years into what was meant to be a three month mission, NASA's Opportunity rover has finally ended its mission.

The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe dust storm on the surface of Mars covered the rover last June. NASA engineers and technicians have sent over a thousand messages and commands to the rover since then in an attempt to recover it, but all of them have failed. On Tuesday they made one final attempt at communication, and when that was n...
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A Distant FlyBy

January 4, 2019
The new year is only a few days old, and already we have exciting news from the astronomy and astrophysics community with the announcement that the New Horizons probe has just completed the most distant flyby in history.

Many of you will remember the New Horizons probe for its flyby of the planet Pluto and its moons a while back in 2015, with the stunning photos of the icy planet still being studied and analyzed to this day. The data sent back by New Horizons from Pluto and Charon have reveale...
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Happy New Year!!

January 1, 2019
May you all have a happy and healthy 2019, full of enjoyment and prosperity. And may we all still be together again when the year ends and 2020 begins.

Happy New Year!!

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2018 Year In Review

December 31, 2018
Greetings all! I hope that you each had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, in whichever form you celebrate it, and are refreshed and re-energized for the coming year!

It is also that time of year again when everyone looks back on the achievements of the year, and this year has been a good one for the scientific community. And so without further ado (or a don't), here we go...

This year has been particularly interesting for the astronomy community. Back in February we had the announcement that a ...
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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2018

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InSight Has Landed

November 27, 2018
Planetary scientists are celebrating today, with the announcement from NASA that the InSight rover has successfully landed on the planet Mars.

The NASA spacecraft is designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars, and relay back data on the inner structure of the red planet. Previous spacecraft that were sent to Mars were able to dig down a few inches and studied the surface rocks and dust, but this will be the first probe to go deep into the underlying rocks.

InSight has been traveling thr...
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The Edge Of Reality

November 24, 2018
Today we have more of an announcement than a scientific article, so I hope you will forgive me for doing a little promotional work for a change.

A couple of my friends from the physics and mathematics community have launched a new online science series, and have asked me to promote it through my website. It is called The Edge Of Reality, and will be using professional scientists and mathematicians to present some very modern and exotic scientific theories to a general audience. The goal is to ...
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The New Kilogram

November 17, 2018
A slightly different form of science today, as the international scientific community has today officially changed the definition of the kilogram. And while it may not be the most exciting scientific discovery, it has many ramifications for a number of future research projects and experiments.

In a historic vote, scientists and engineers (and a few politicians) from more than sixty different nations unanimously approved a change to the international measurement system that is the basis for g...
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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2018
Remembrance Day 

Let us each take a moment out of our busy schedules to remember all of those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms. Lest we forget...


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About Me


Dr. Chris Bird I am a theoretical physicist & mathematician, with training in electronics, programming, robotics, and a number of other related fields.

   


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