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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

The 1000 year conversation…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 10th, 02007

Seth Shostak from SETI published this piece yesterday on the time related difficulties in finding life outside the solar system (and holding a conversation with it). He even through in a nice mention of Long Now:
“There’s a similar argument to be made for communication. We seldom initiate information interchange that takes longer than. . .   Read More

Whole Earth Comes Into Focus

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 7th, 02007

 Our own Stewart Brand has an essay in the current issue of Nature (subscription required) on integrating two disparate disciplines in order to solve our worlds largest problems.

To understand how our planet uses energy, we must integrate genetic data from microbial studies with satellite views of our planet.
Two vastly different but complementary projects. . .   Read More

Rosetta mistaken for killer asteroid!

by Laura Welcher on November 16th, 02007

During its recent gravity assist flyby, the Rosetta craft was mistaken for an Earth-threatening asteroid! From Sky and Telescope:

“The spacecraft was unknowingly ‘discovered’ on November 7th by astronomers in Arizona scanning the skies for Earth-threatening asteroids. They dutifully reported the 20th-magnitude blip in their images to the Minor Planet Center here. . .   Read More

Last chance to wave goodbye to the Rosetta disk

by Laura Welcher on November 9th, 02007

Get out your telescopes!

From www.spaceweather.com:

“Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is rapidly approaching Earth for a close flyby on Nov. 13th. The gravity assist maneuver, bringing the probe only 5301 km above the Pacific Ocean, will fling Rosetta toward its 10-year destination: Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Amateur astronomers with mid-sized. . .   Read More

100,000 Year Living Microbe

by Kevin Kelly on October 10th, 02007

(Frozen bacteria found by Richard Hoover in the ice of the Fox permafrost tunnel)

From New Scientist:

Microbes can survive trapped inside ice crystals, under 3 kilometres of snow, for more than 100,000 years, a new study suggests. The study bolsters the case that life may exist on distant, icy worlds in our own. . .   Read More

A Map of the Biggest Here

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on September 25th, 02007

The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York’s Central Park West features the Hayden Planetarium, a unique building designed to display amazing interstellar content.

Opened to the public on Feburary 19, 2000, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space is. . .   Read More

Billion-Year Mashup

by Kevin Kelly on September 5th, 02007

In today’s New York Times, author Timothy Ferris writes an ode to the multi-media disc of human activity that was sent into the cosmos on the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Despite the harsh — though stable — conditions in space, Ferris, who produced the gold plated disc, believes this record will last one billion years. If. . .   Read More

Planetarium Tellurium

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 23rd, 02007

Watchmaker Stephen Forsey has just released a new mechanical planetaria with Richard Mille watches that is quite gorgeous. There is an excellent write up of it in Watchismo. (thanks to Danielle for sending this to me by way of boingboing. . .   Read More

Pale blue dot, v2.0

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 8th, 02007

When the Cassini-Huygens probe passed saturn last year it took an extraordinary photo of Saturn eclipsing the sun. Even more amazing was a pale blue dot in the corner of the photo.
That’s us, Earth.
An earlier version of this photo was also taken in 01990 by Voyager, but this new version with. . .   Read More

More data to be lost on Mars

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 3rd, 02007

A silica glass DVD will be traveling on the soon to be launched Phoenix Mission to Mars. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will add to the lineage of data lost on Mars:

What would a Martian traveler find on the disk? Assuming that he or she could figure out how to decode the. . .   Read More