Canadian Grade 8 Experiment Flames Out in NASA Explosion

antares explosion

When an unmanned Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff Tuesday, October 28 in Virginia, a designed-in-B.C. student science experiment went up in flames with it.

More than 2,200 kilograms of supplies, science experiments, and equipment bound for the International Space Station (ISS) were destroyed in the blast. NASA said no injuries were reported and the cause of the explosion is unknown.  Read more…

Retired Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, provides his perspective on the Antares explosion. See video… 

The Antares explosion was a setback for the Kamloops students but they remain hopeful for another chance.  See video… 

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The Big Bang

Courtesy of Luis Fernández García via Wikimedia Commons

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The big bang theory is the most accepted theory for the formation of the universe. The “big bang” is a misnomer because there was no explosion, but rather a rapid expansion. It is not known what existed the moment before the big bang, however the evolution of the universe from the first instant after the big bang and onwards is well understood. Continue reading