2014: South Atlantic Anomaly: The Bermuda Triangle Of Space

The fabled Bermuda Triangle. A strange triangulation between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico in which people have reported anomalous phenomena for centuries. Airplanes and ships have vanished while traversing the so-called Devil’s triangle and have never been found. Well, at least not most of them. There have been reports of strange lights and bizarre effects on navigational equipment when crafts enter the strange vortex on Earth. However, that isn’t the only anomalous region that we’ve found. Miles high above the Earth, another strange triangulation exists. Known as the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), scientists and engineers have been fully aware of its effects on space travel. The SAA resides a few miles above the coast of Brazil and it is made up of some of the strongest solar radiation that is close to our planet. The radiation belt has been known to us since the early 1950s, but it isn’t […] Read More

2011: Endeavour makes last touch-down

1 June 2011 Last updated at 02:35 ET By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News Endeavour landed at the Kennedy Space Center for the final time Space shuttle Endeavour has brought its 19-year operational career to a close with a textbook landing in Florida. The vehicle swept into a night-time touch-down at the Kennedy Space Center after a successful trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The US space agency (Nasa) is retiring its shuttle fleet and Endeavour will now be prepared for public display at a science museum in Los Angeles. Only the Atlantis ship has yet to make a final outing. It was moved to Kennedy’s one active launch pad late on Tuesday night to get it ready for that swansong, which is expected to occur next month. Endeavour’s rear wheels touched the runway at Kennedy at 0234 local times (0634 GMT). “Your landing ends a vibrant […] Read More