June Around the World

Tom Wagg was only 15 years old when he discovered a planet

Courtesy of Keele Press Office

June Around the World

Hello Earth, can you hear me?

Photo by: ESA

June Around the World

NASA’s “Flying Saucer” experiment

June Around the World

The scientists were allowed to exit the dome only with spacesuits

Photo by: AP

June Around the World

The dome in which the scientists stayed for eight months

Photo by: AP

2015 Paris Air Show, Boeing’s plane that can take off vertically, sign of life from the “Philae” probe, the British teenager who discovered a planet and NASA’s unsuccessful experiment. Reviewing June’s event

Eilon Tohar

Boeing’s New Plane and Other Developments
Paris Air Show, considered the world’s most important security exhibition, was held in France this month. The expo featured aviation developments of 2,200 companies from 45 countries, including innovative models of aircraft, missiles and advanced systems. 11 Israeli companies took part in this year’s exhibition in the Le Bourget Airport near Paris.
Among other developments, “Boeing” company presented its new advanced plane, the “Dreamliner” 787-9. An amazing video published a week before the event gave the world a sneak peak of the plane’s vertical takeoff capability –

A Test Simulating a Stay in Mars was Completed
Eight months ago, six scientists entered a giant vinyl dome on the slope of a volcano in Hawaii. Earlier this month they emerged from the structure that was built to test the psychological aspects of life in space. During their staying inside the dome, the scientists faced simulated conditions of a colony in Mars, and in the few times they were allowed to exit the structure they were required to wear spacesuits.

An additional experiment dealing with the future scenario of a journey to Mars was held in early June by NASA. The experiment was designed to test the landing capabilities of a light landing craft with a relatively small surface area which was connected to balloon-like device. The experiment failed on account of a parachute failure.

15-Year-Old Discovered a Planet
Tom Wagg was only 15 years old when he took part in a project for gathering and analyzing data regarding planets in Keele University, when he spotted a small, dim blip. This month, after two years of thorough examination, a group of Keele scientists confirmed the discovery as a planet 1000 light years far from earth. And so Wagg, who said he was always interested in science and dreams to deal with it in the future, became the youngest person ever to discover a planet. This is the 142th planet that was found as part of the WASP project to discover new planets in space.

Philae Sends Sign of Life
The European Space Agency (ESA) reported that the spacecraft “Philae” has sent a sign of life for the first time in seven months. In November 2014 it was detached from the spacecraft “Rosetta” after a decade-long journey in space to land on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The landing did not go smoothly, and as the battery shot off, the scientists wondered whether or not it would be able to charge itself using its solar panels. This month, as the comet got closer to the sun, Philae “woke up” and sent signals to earth. It even Twitted on its renowned personal Twitter account: “Hello Earth, can you hear me?”

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