Lessons in the "Space" Category

British Astronaut returns to Earth

Recently, British astronaut Tim Peake returned to earth from the International Space Station (ISS). His journey back to earth was with two other spacemen on board a Soyuz space capsule that travelled through the atmosphere, with temperatures outside reaching more than 1,600°C (2,912°F).

Peake travelled home with fellow astronaut Col Tim Kopra from NASA, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. The three completed their deorbit to enter the Earth’s atmosphere at around 10am on Saturday June 18. The Soyuz space capsule landed by parachute on its side in a remote spot in the vast scrubland steppe of Kazakhstan 15 minutes later.

One giant leap

One giant leap by one crazy 43-year-old Austrian recently made worldwide headline news. Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier, without mechanical help, after he jumped from 39,045 metres (128,100 feet, more than 39 km, or more than 24 miles) up in space. He has thus achieved one of the most remarkable feats man can accomplish. The Austrian daredevil made his daring leap high above Roswell, New Mexico, USA.

Category: Space / Skydiving / Austrian