Students from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology have designed a Mars lander that can deliver not only a significant payload, but also people to Mars. In August, their lander "Eagle" will compete in the finals of the contest organized by the Mars Society and NASA.
The rocket Turbulencja built by students of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków took second place in one of the categories of the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) in the U.S. The AGH UST team was the first team from Poland to compete in IREC.
There is a binary star system in the centre of the extremely photogenic Engraved Hourglass Nebula - two stars that revolve around each other once every 18 days - showed astronomers, including Polish researchers. The research was conducted on SALT - one of the world`s largest optical telescopes.
Extraterrestrial mining is important in the context of establishing human settlements in space in the future. Raw materials on a given extraterrestrial object will be necessary for the settlers` survival, says geologist Prof. Tadeusz Przylibski from Wrocław University of Science and Technology.
Planck satellite team and mission managers received the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Polish scientist Prof. Krzysztof Górski has an important role in the team. The $500,000 prize is awarded by the Gruber Foundation at Yale University in the U.S.
Wrocław University of Science and Technology students will check whether it is possible to use a universal gripper that adapts to the shape of the object in space. Their experiment has qualified for the European Rexus/Bexus programme and will be launched on the programme`s rocket.