Space exploration drives a lot of technological development that has spinoffs for Earth-bound applications.
A wrap up of interesting space related news over the last week.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the second batch of data collected by the Gaia satellite revealing the positions of around 1.7 billion stars.
The price of access to space is changing and this combined with rise of CubeSats and more powerful sensors that can do more for less cost, in both money and weight, is opening up a lot of options that have not been available before.
The launch schedule for January, hopefully this will be more successful than last month where a few launches were postponed until this month for various reasons.
There are a range of space telescopes orbiting at the moment in and around the visible light spectrum. This article gives a quick look at some of them.
Where are the satellites? We hear a lot about GPS, Hubble, the ISS and a load of other satellites, but not often where they are or much about how they got there, or how they stay there.