Get into Orbit Without Lateral Acceleration

When I was about 6 years old, my dad explained to me that there was no possibility to shoot something right into orbit from the Earth’s surface. He said it was always necessary to accelerate sideways to reach orbit. At that time I did not really understand what he meant. However, later in physics class I did and I figured what he had told me was true. Now, 13 years later, I came up with a new thought: The Earth’s rotation adds lateral velocity to objects launched from its surface. This is also the reason why satellites, the ISS and pretty much every artificial object flying around Earth, orbits Earth counterclockwise and also, why most space flight organizations / companies launch their spacecrafts from locations as close to the equator as possible. Continue reading Get into Orbit Without Lateral Acceleration

Guided Tour at CERN

On August 24th 2016, I took a guided tour for individuals at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

This post is about that kind of tour. So what did we do at the research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world? Continue reading Guided Tour at CERN