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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Martin Rees, “Life’s Future in the Cosmos”

by Stewart Brand on August 3rd, 02010

Cosmic Life

The pace of astronomic discovery, said the Astronomer Royal, keeps increasing with the constant improvement in our sensing technology. The recent discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (dark energy) revolutionized cosmology, and with the launch of the Kepler Telescope in 2009, we are beginning to detect and study Earth-sized planets. . .   Read More

Ancient Cosmic Light

by Austin Brown on July 14th, 02010

The European Space Agency has released an amazing new image of our universe, created by the recently launched Planck mission.  The image above comes from Planck’s first detailed survey of the cosmic microwave background, the universe’s “first light.”
It is the light that was finally allowed to move out across space once a. . .   Read More

Thinking Too Long-term?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02010

This week President Obama laid out his plan for the future of NASA.  It includes a large budget increase, a push to hand off orbital space flight to private companies, the design of new propulsion systems, and included the long-term goals of landing on an asteroid, going to Mars, and even pushing beyond that. . .   Read More

Are jellyfish our ticket to the stars?

by Austin Brown on April 16th, 02010

A species of jellyfish called Turritopsis nutricula utilizes a cellular process called transdifferentiation to effectively live forever.  The process tends to be used by animals like salamanders to regenerate lost or injured body parts.  The Turritopsis nutricula, however, can use the process to completely revert themselves into a polyp form, restarting their life-cycle.

Research. . .   Read More

Solar Beat

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 5th, 02010

Solar Beat is a project by White Vinyl Designs that uses a virtual Orrery as a type of music box.  Turn on your sound and click the image above to see what type of music our solar system makes…  (thanks to Chris Baldwin for sending this in. . .   Read More

Generation starships: they’re not fast

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 4th, 02010

Ross Shulman sent in this great post by (one of my favorite) current science fiction writers Charles Stross about how you might design a generational starship to handle the vast distances and time involved in space travel.  Excellent read.  (excerpt below)
If you can crank yourself up to 1% of light-speed, alpha centauri is. . .   Read More

Rosetta’s Final Flyby

by Austin Brown on November 15th, 02009

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe made its final flyby of the Earth on Friday in order to fling itself off towards its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Launched in 02004, Rosetta has made several planetary flybys in order to gain the velocity necessary to approach and eventually orbit the comet so that a. . .   Read More

Wheel of Stars

by Austin Brown on October 7th, 02009

Via BoingBoing this morning comes a wonderful ambient music generating clock of the stars.  Jim Bumgardner created this piece and explains it thusly:
To make this, I downloaded public data from Hipparcos, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency in 1989 that accurately measured over a hundred thousand stars. The data I downloaded contains. . .   Read More

Fly me to the moon

by Kirk Citron on September 1st, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

NASA is rethinking its mission. A few lucky space tourists are taking $20 million roller-coaster rides. But at this point, it’s unclear how soon, or whether, humans will return to the moon — and Mars seems. . .   Read More

Chabot 10000 Skyline Party

by Danielle Engelman on July 29th, 02009

Our good friends at The Chabot Space and Science Center in Berkeley CA, is hosting one of their lively evening events, 10000,  A Skyline Party Among the Stars this Friday July 31, from 7 to 11 pm.

Come for live music from Pop Fiction, celestial beverages, provocative science, films and views of the cosmos (weather. . .   Read More

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