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Old 09-05-18, 01:57 AM
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Want to see some really cool illustrations of what life on Mars might look like? Check this out:

https://www.space.com/41697-hp-mars-...challenge.html

The first picture looks like Disney world on Mars!
Pretty cool, lotr!

The other day, someone said that Starman was passing near Mars right then, so I looked up the positioning here:

http://www.whereisroadster.com/

Thought he was heading here, though :

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Old 09-06-18, 01:45 PM
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Long a staple of science fiction story's the space elevator is becoming a reality:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/spa...test-in-space/

Researchers at Shizuoka University, working in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will begin trials on a miniature version of a space elevator next week.

The test is very small and simple, the tiniest step towards an actual elevator to the stars. This space elevator will consist of a small box 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) long, 3 cm (1.18 inches) wide, and 3 cm high. This box will move along a 10-meter (32-foot) cable suspended in orbit between two small CubeSats. This movement will be monitored with cameras inside of the satellites.

“It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space,” a university spokesperson told the AFP news agency in an interview.



If you doubt that space elevators will one day be the main way we get material & people into orbit read this:

While the difficulties of building such an elevator are astronomical, the potential for financial benefits are equally large. Preliminary studies based on hypotheticals have proposed that space elevators would bring the cost of moving cargo to space down to $100 per pound compared to current launch costs of $10,000-$40,000 per pound. Such a decrease would have the potential to radically lower the price of a space travel.
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Old 09-10-18, 07:36 AM
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I'm rooting for you Pluto!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0907110422.htm

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a global group of astronomy experts, established a definition of a planet that required it to "clear" its orbit, or in other words, be the largest gravitational force in its orbit.

Since Neptune's gravity influences its neighboring planet Pluto, and Pluto shares its orbit with frozen gases and objects in the Kuiper belt, that meant Pluto was out of planet status. However, in a new study published online Wednesday in the journal Icarus, UCF planetary scientist Philip Metzger, who is with the university's Florida Space Institute, reported that this standard for classifying planets is not supported in the research literature.
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Old 09-11-18, 09:10 AM
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Advanced alien civilizations or Neutron stars blowing off steam:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/10/alien...gnals-7931720/

A system built by the Breakthrough Listen project spotted new fast radio bursts (FRBs) emanating from a ‘repeater’ called FRB 121102 that’s 3 billion light-years away from Earth. Normally, FRBs are spotted during a single ‘outburst’ which happens just once. But the repeater called FRB 121102 is the only source of multiple repeated bursts, including 21 detected in 2017.

Scientists cannot explain the origin of fast radio bursts, but have suggested they are produced by neutron stars, supermassive black holes or even technology built by an advanced alien civilisation.



And the Sun has a surprisingly good article on these findings:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/722621...-intelligence/
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Old 09-11-18, 09:12 AM
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SpaceX continues to impress:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018...-sunday-night/

A little more than an hour after its launch window opened—the delay was due to remnant thunderstorms in the area—SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida early on Monday morning. The rocket's first stage made a flawless flight and then descended to a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean and safely landed.

About 10 minutes after the launch, the rocket's second stage completed its initial burn, with a secondary burn and satellite deployment expected about 40 minutes after liftoff.



If you think that was impressive check this factoid out:

This was SpaceX's 16th mission of 2018. Two-thirds of the orbital launches from US soil this year have been flown by the California-based company.
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Old 09-12-18, 08:33 AM
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Multitasking is good:

https://www.wired.com/story/new-spac...-destroy-them/

But engineers now want to make satellites actually like cars: fixable, updatable, soup-up-able. To do that, you need another satellite, a robot that can play doctor, gas station attendant, and person in the parking lot who agrees to give your dead car a push.
Animation by NASA

Right now, two major programs—one headed by NASA and one by Darpa—are aiming to create such servicing satellites. But the complications are not just technical. The kinds of satellites that can sidle up to another orbiter and give it new life could also, technically, scoot up and end its life. Because the technology now exists to build these satellite hackers, we're stuck in a quandary: If your enemy can launch such orbiters, and you don't match them, you run the risk of having your space infrastructure quietly slaughtered.
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Old 09-16-18, 08:41 AM
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SpaceX continues to push the envelope:

https://www.space.com/41825-spacex-g...esign-art.html


SpaceX's giant Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) has a sleek new look for an audacious private passenger flight around the moon. If an early rendering is anything to go by, the BFR is going to have some wild fins.

Late last night (Sept. 13), SpaceX announced that it has signed a deal to launch a private passenger flight around the moon with its new BFR megarocket sometime in the future. Details are scant — SpaceX will unveil more on Monday (Sept. 17) during a live webcast — but the private spaceflight company did unveil a new artist's concept of a BFR passenger rocket around the moon.


So I wonder who is paying a fortune to take a ride around the moon?
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Old 09-16-18, 08:44 AM
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Upon further consideration the closest extra-solar planet to earth may be able to support life:

https://www.space.com/41806-proxima-...habitable.html

Just a cosmic hop, skip and jump away, an Earth-size planet orbits the closest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri.

Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet — known as Proxima Centauri b— in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of sustaining life.

Now, using computer models similar to those used to study climate change on Earth, researchers have found that, under a wide range of conditions, Proxima Centauri b can sustain enormous areas of liquid water on its surface, potentially raising its prospects for harboring living organisms.



Make sure you check out the excellent video in the article.
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Old 09-18-18, 08:08 AM
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And so it begins:

https://www.businessinsider.com/spac...-rocket-2018-9

* Elon Musk and his rocket company, SpaceX, plan to launch a private passenger named Yusaku Maezawa around the moon.

* Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector. If all goes according to plan, Maezawa will take a lunar voyage on the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR: a launch system that SpaceX is developing to colonize Mars.

* Maezawa purchased all seats on the spaceship, and plans to select six to eight artists from a variety of disciplines to take the lunar journey with him in 2023.

* The mission won't land on the surface of the moon but will ferry Maezawa and his artist crewmates around Earth's natural satellite.



The internet was built by porn so maybe the conquest of the solar system will be financed by rich tourists!
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Old 09-18-18, 09:49 AM
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^ This is really cool. #dearMoon

https://dearmoon.earth/
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Old 09-18-18, 10:07 AM
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Elon Musk and his rocket company, SpaceX, plan to launch a private passenger named Yusaku Maezawa around the moon.

* Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector. If all goes according to plan, Maezawa will take a lunar voyage on the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR: a launch system that SpaceX is developing to colonize Mars.

* Maezawa purchased all seats on the spaceship, and plans to select six to eight artists from a variety of disciplines to take the lunar journey with him in 2023.
Hopefully they'll have bit more elbow room than Borman, Lovell, and Anders did.
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Old 09-18-18, 11:26 AM
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Hopefully they'll have bit more elbow room than Borman, Lovell, and Anders did.
Think it'll be okay. Yusaku looks pretty small. And, it's a Big F'n Rocket.

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Old 09-19-18, 01:20 AM
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Will Elon Musk Fly on SpaceX's Private Moon Flight in 2023 with Japanese Billionaire?

https://www.space.com/41858-will-elo...n-mission.html

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Could there be more than one billionaire aboard SpaceX's upcoming lunar fly-around mission?
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Toward the end of the event, a reporter in the room asked Musk about his own plans to fly in space.

"He did suggest, like, maybe that I would join on this trip," Musk said with a laugh, referring to Maezawa. "I don't know."

Maezawa then said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah — please, please." Musk looked at him and responded — with a bit of a smile, but not a laugh this time: "All right. Maybe we'll both be on it."

Maezawa smiled and clapped.

We probably shouldn't make too much of this playful exchange, but it is intriguing. Musk has previously expressed a desire to fly in space, though not on the earliest, riskiest missions. Indeed, one of his statements to this effect — "I'd like to die on Mars, just not on impact" — has found its way onto T-shirts and posters.
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The BFR will stand about 387 feet (118 meters) tall, and both its rocket and spaceship components will be reusable. The 180-foot-long (55 m) spaceship can accommodate 100 people, but SpaceX wants to keep numbers way down on the lunar flyaround, Musk said. The company will use the extra space to store lots of food, water, fuel and spare parts, in case something goes wrong during the flight.
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Old 09-19-18, 01:27 AM
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Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson all want to send private citizens to space. Their respective companies, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are dedicated to making space travel and space tourism more accessible. Here's how they plan to do it.

How SpaceX, Blue Origin, And Virgin Galactic Plan On Taking You To Space



Interesting tidbits from the video: Virgin Galactic's SS Unity’s passenger spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, can carry six passengers and two crew members. Unlike Musk, Virgin Galactic’s founder, Richard Branson, will be one of the first people to take the trip to space.
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