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VIDEO – Why Is NASA Sending A Spacecraft To A Metal World?

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In 2026, an unmanned NASA spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at 16 Psyche, a massive, metallic asteroid floating somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Why is NASA so interested in this heavy metal asteroid? Are we going to mine all that metal, or build a giant space magnet? Linda T. Elkins-Tanton explains how the real answer can be found right under our feet. Lesson by Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, animation by Eoin Duffy. Have a look at this cool video via the link below! 

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Video – How to Time Travel



Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video. Brian Greene: I’m Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival. It’s critical that you realize that there are two types of time travel, and they are radically different. Time travel to the future? Definitely possible.

Video and more at the link below! 

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How The Voyager Golden Record Was Made


Here’s a great, detailed article from the New Yorker magazine about the golden records that are on the Voyager spacecraft, now billions of miles from Earth. A little Trek trivia for you – in one of the Star Trek movies, Klingons actually stumble across one of the Voyager probes and use it for target practice. And the rock band Styx had a copy of the album’s inscriptions on the inside sleeve of their Cornerstone album. Article at the link below.

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Grab Your Kayaks! Astronomers Find Titan Is Made Of Steep, Liquid-Filled Canyons

titanSome cool research news from Saturn’s moon, Titan. “An international team of researchers has found that Saturn’s largest moon Titan has deep canyons filled with liquid hydrocarbons, making the alien moon look a lot like Earth, but with rivers of methane instead of water.

“Earth is warm and rocky, with rivers of water, while Titan is cold and icy, with rivers of methane. And yet it’s remarkable that we find such similar features on both worlds,” said team member Alex Hayes, from Cornell University.

The team says these channels and canyons form a river network they’re calling Vid Flumina. Each of these canyons are about 0.8 kilometres (0.5 miles) wide and somewhere between 244 metres (800 feet) and 579 metres (1,900 feet) deep.”

No jobs for tour guides have been posted yet. Read more on Titan’s canyons here

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Video – Tiny Swarm Robots Are Here To Help Us

terminatorbigHelp us die, that is. Called Zooids – watch them perform adorable tasks like hand the doomed developer his phone. Doomed you ask? Yup! Just wait till these things figure out how to go fetch his pistol or the cleaver out of the kitchen – without him knowing!

Do you seriously think these things won’t be taken over by some malevolent AI and then used to kill us all? Best thing you can do with these is get a big old hammer and smash them good before they learn to reproduce and swarm the whole frickin’ planet. With laser beams! Video below. Enjoy… your nightmares!



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Video – What Would A Parallel Universe Even Be Like?

scienceYou’re SF/Horror/Fantasy fans, you think about this stuff all the time! This is a cool short video with a quick synopsis of the parallel universe theory. Here’s a thought for all of you: All the world’s religions have talked about a heaven, a hell, and some, a purgatory with beings (demons, angels, souls, God, etc.) populating them all. Whether you’re religious, a nonbeliever, or otherwise, is there not some clue here that some kind of other universes may exist? Have a look at the video below.

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Schiaparelli Lander Heading For Mars Surface

marsWe’ll keep you posted as events unfold. Right now, we’re crossing our finger that the Europeans/Russians pull off a successful mission.

“The Mars lander is destined to hit the surface of the red planet – testing the area for conditions ahead of a planned project to send a Mars rover in.

The rover, sent in by Europe, will search for signs of past and present life.

After a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars programme, the Schiaparelli lander was expected to separate from spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) on Sunday, and start a three-day descent to the surface.

Schiaparelli represents only the second European attempt to land a craft on Mars, after a failed mission by the British landing craft Beagle 2 in 2003.

The primary goal of ExoMars is to find out whether life has ever existed on Mars. The current spacecraft carries an atmospheric probe to study trace gases such as methane, around the planet.”

Read more on the Mars lander here

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Universe Has 2 Trillion More Galaxies Than Previously Known – Galactic Senate Overwhelmed

astronomy3“There are a dizzying two trillion galaxies in the Universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported on Thursday.

The surprising find, based on 3D modeling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal.

Scientists have puzzled over how many galaxies the cosmos harbors at least since US astronomer Edwin Hubble showed in 1924 that Andromeda, a neighboring galaxy, was not part of our own Milky Way.

But even in the era of modern astronomy, getting an accurate tally has proven difficult.

To begin with, there is only part of the cosmos where light given off by distant objects has had time to reach Earth.

The rest is effectively beyond our reach.” Just imagine how many stars are in each one of those galaxies and how many planets are around each one of those stars and what the potential for life is. Mind numbing. Read more on the huge addition to galaxy counts here

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Europe ExoMars Craft Will Attempt Mars Landing In One Week

mars“There has been a lot of talk about colonizing Mars lately, from Elon Musk’s speech titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” to President Obama’s op-ed this week called “America will take the giant leap to Mars.” Its an exciting ultimate goal to put astronauts on Mars by the 2030s, but the next big step in Mars exploration is going to happen next week.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos have a stationary lander set to touch down on Mars on October 19. The Schiaparelli EDM lander (Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module) is part of ESA and Roscosmos’s ExoMars mission to search for past and present Martian life, and the science team is hoping that it will be Europe’s first successful Mars lander. (A British lander called Beagle 2 touched down on Mars in 2003, but communication was lost with the spacecraft during the final decent. It was discovered 12 years later that two of the spacecraft’s solar panels failed to deploy, blocking the communication antenna.)” Interesting that there is no rover associated with this mission but there is a pretty cool video below the fold.

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National Geographic Mars Series Starts Nov 14

marsMars is all the rage right now as all the big players want to get there first. Will we ever do it? Seems so, and National Geographic is going to show you how. Have a look at the official site here. Lots more info and a video below the fold – enjoy!

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Ocean Planet In Star System Next Door To Us?

astronomy3Well if there is, I hope the surfing is good! “A rocky planet discovered in the “habitable” zone of the star nearest our Sun may be covered with oceans, researchers at France’s CNRS research institute said Thursday.

 “A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an “ocean planet” similar to Earth. Scientists announced Proxima b’s discovery in August, and said it may be the first exoplanet—planet outside our Solar System—to one day be visited by robots from Earth. The planet orbits within a “temperate” zone from its host star Proxima Centauri, some four light years from us. It is estimated to have a mass about 1.3 times that of Earth, and orbits about 7.5 million kilometres (4.6 million miles) from its star—about a tenth the distance of innermost planet Mercury from the Sun.

“Contrary to what one might expect, such proximity does not necessarily mean that Proxima b’s surface is too hot” for water to exist in liquid form, said a CNRS statement. Proxima Centauri is smaller and 1,000 times weaker than our Sun, which means Proxima b is at exactly the right distance for conditions to be potentially habitable.

“The planet may very well host liquid water on its surface, and therefore also some forms of life,” the statement said.”

Stop at your local surf shop and read more on this cool news here

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China’s Space Station May Be Coming Down In A Rain Of Metal, Fire, And Pain

spacestationSounds like a heavy metal tune, doesn’t it? “Five years after it was launched, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is out of control. The careening craft is expected to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere in the latter half of 2017, but scientists aren’t sure exactly when, or where, it will come down.

Tiangong-1, which translates to “Heavenly Palace,” was intended to be a prototype for future Chinese space stations. China practiced docking an unmanned module with the craft, and two manned missions made their way to the laboratory in 2012 and 2013. It stopped sending data back to Earth in March, and Tiangong-1’s upgraded replacement, Tiangong-2, launched earlier this month.”

Read more on the falling space station here.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Pick yourself up one of these and your chances of surviving a direct hit will increase by at least one percent.

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Check This Out – Sharpest View Of The Andromeda Galaxy By The Hubbel

astronomy3You have to take a deep breath and be mentally prepared before viewing this image because the sheer details are mind-numbing.

“This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31.

This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

It is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40,000 light-years.”

Try this – click somewhere in the center and after you reach full magnification start clicking toward the edge of the screen. Watch the upper corner to see how much progress you’re making – not much. But just keep in mind the number of stars you’re viewing. You can view this picture in all its glory with the zoom tool provided here

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Video – The 1995 Hubble Photo That Changed Astronomy

astronomy3The Hubble, which initially looked like it was going to be a billion dollar disaster, has turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving. One wonders what amazing images we’ll see once the James Webb goes into orbit. “The Hubble Deep Field, explained by the man who made it happen.”

Video below – enjoy!


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NASA To Announce Major News Regarding Europa

2010monolithSo they found the monolith at last!

“The US group sent out a cryptic message, stating that there is “surprising activity” on Europa – the most well known of Jupiter’s 67 moons. NASA has been analysing data from its Hubble Space Telescope which is currently prowling the universe. The space experts said in a statement announcing the event on Monday, to be broadcast live at 7PM UK time: “Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.” Most scientists agree that where there is water, it massively increases the chances of finding life.”

Read more on the Europa announcement here

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