Reflective Layer

Kepler was the first spacecraft to discover more than 1000 confirmed exoplanets. This amazing achievement was made possible because of its 94.6 million light sensors CCDs. In this episode of Sensing the Universe we take a deeper look at the CCDs, why they are arranged the way they are and how they turn starlight into data.

SOURCES
https://archive.stsci.edu/kepler/manuals/KSCI-19033-001.pdf

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/kepler/papers/2004/SPIE.Glasgow.Koch.pdf

MUSIC
nightWalk by airtone (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/56520

It's relatively easy to find a Star without planets but what about a planet without a star? We take a look at Interstellar or Rough planets and the circumstance that could cause a planet to lose its parent star. Could life still exist on such a planet.

Detecting a magnetic field of a planet is one thing but creating a detailed 3D map of this field is on another level.
Welcome to the first episode of Sensing the Universe where we examine spacecraft sensors in detail.
In this episode we look at the inner workings of the Energetic Particle Spectrometer(EPS). A sensor that's designed to capture the structure of a magnetic field around a planet. We're looking at the EPS that was onboard the Messenger spacecraft.

MUSIC:
nightWalk by airtone (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/56520

SOURCES:

MESSENGER Mission Overview
https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~shane/PTYS_395_MERCURY/reading/solomon_etal_ssrev_2007.pdf

THE MESSENGER SCIENCE PAYLOADhttp://messenger.jhuapl.edu/Resources/Publications/Gold.et.al.2003.pdf

Join me Dex “DFX” on a brand new series called Sensing the Universe were we take a detailed look on how spacecraft sensors turn facts about our universe into useful data. The series starts September 1.
In addition to Sensing the Universe. I also have a two part 2 episode coming on the Celestial Sphere. There’ll be a new video every first of the month at least for the next 6 months. I have big plans for this channel in 2020, especially with the new spacecraft and rovers that will be launched.

Music
nightWalk by airtone (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/56520

Radio waves are used to communicated with spacecraft. We use them to send commands to the spacecraft and download data from them. But in many cases we can use the radio wave itself as a measuring instrument or sensor. In this episode of Celestial Sphere we look at few examples where radio waves are used as part of the sensors suite on a spacecraft. This is a two part series. Part 2 will focus on the use of radio waves to make scientific observations and take measurements .

Music:
Snowflake - Longing (Base Mode pres. Lunar Chillout Mix) by Lunar (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/lunarmusic/37560

In space a spacecraft must be able to withstand sudden and extreme temperatures. Failure to do so can result in loss of data, life or the entire spacecraft. In this episode of Celestial Sphere we look at issues caused by the thermal environment of space and the various methods that's used to keep spacecraft within their operating temperature range.

Music
Spatial voyage from A to B by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/35912

Please checkout out our android space app called Curiosity. It's lets you send spacecraft to all of the inner planets of the solar system from earth.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.reflectivelayer.curiosity

With space being a vacuum it's the last place you'd expect weathering to happen. But it does! Our atmosphere is responsible for most of the weathering on earth but it also protects us from the weathering that occurs in space .

Music
Gimin by Nethis (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Nethis/38039

Get more detail about space weathering
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https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/space-weathering-on-airless-bodies/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI1zcgDQkqs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZwpwR8Cn7Q

In labs on earth we can create a variety of environments for testing and creating various materials and processes. There are environments however that's impractical or just impossible to create on earth. For these environments we'll simply have to take the lab itself to spac. In this episode of Celestial Sphere we take a look at a few labs that operate in these environments and how they benefit from it.

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CategoryScience & Technology

This channel is about Space, Astronomy and Spacecraft. I go into detail about specific subsystem explaining how they working using animation and sometimes custom software.