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Planetary's Plan to Mine an Asteroid

Planetary's Plan to Mine an Asteroid | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Thought Private Space Travel was cool? Well, Space Mining could soon be even cooler considering the economic potential.

Planetary Resources - a startup backed by no other than Google cofounder Larry Page -will "outline a plan to send an unmanned spacecraft to an asteroid and mine it for valuable metals and water that could be used in further space exploration or returned to earth."
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To boldly go where only Astrophysicians have gone before. What I find interesting (and can roughly understand) in Astronomy & Space exploration these days.
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The International Space Station just pulled off the photobomb of a lifetime

The International Space Station just pulled off the photobomb of a lifetime | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The hotly anticipated total solar eclipse passed over the United States on Monday (Aug 21). Heading southeast, it passed over a narrow and long swath of the country. Also making an appearance—as it often does for astrophotographers—was the International Space Station. Captured by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky while looking up from Banner, Wyoming, perfectl
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We're About To Get Our First Ever Image Of A Black Hole

We're About To Get Our First Ever Image Of A Black Hole | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Yesterday, scientists “switched on” a global array of telescopes with the goal of imaging the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Even
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It's not a small logistic and we're not sure what there is to see - black? Nothingness? But it's fascinating to me that these objects which have been predicted by theory are now close to being observed.
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NASA just discovered a new solar system with 7 rocky, earth-size planets

NASA just discovered a new solar system with 7 rocky, earth-size planets | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light-years, or 235 trillion miles, from Earth. That is quite close in cosmic terms, and by happy accident, the orientation of the orbits of the seven planets allows them to be studied in great detail.
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Fantastic discovery by NASA. These planets are not gas giants but rocky planets like our own and some of them are in the habitable zone where water can exist in liquid form.
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Elon Musk apparently wants to rebuild the internet from space providing global 1Gbps coverage

Elon Musk apparently wants to rebuild the internet from space providing global 1Gbps coverage | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's aerospace company just made a big move to envelop the planet in high-speed internet coverage.
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With a fleet of 4,425 satellites. No less. Which means more than the total number of satellites currently in Space. 

 

Ambitious program but great goal that would provide 200x more speed than what connected internet users get on average and perhaps more importantly internet access to areas that are not covered and potentially to the 4.2 billion of people who are not online yet. 

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A platform (rather than a plan) to colonize Mars

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Elon Musk's proposal is probably super ambitious to some but his speech this week has the merit of making things pretty simple and straightforward in terms of what's at stake and how we can address the opportunity. 

 

The scope of his own plan is limited to transportation so he doesn't describe what Mars colonies will look like nor what people will do there. But that's the very interesting take-away to me: rather than attempting to plan everything in a typical government (or soviet-style?) way, he's proposing a platform for other entrepreneurs to build on and leverage the opportunities.

 

He's not saying "I've planned everything and you should all do what I say". He's focusing on solving the biggest hurdle (affordable transportation) and leaves the rest open. He makes the point that in the 1850's, no one lived in California but that the smart decision made was precisely to build a railroad to California... which became the most populous states a few decades later and economic leadership in technology and entertainment.

 

So in the same spirit, he's proposing a plan to reduce transportation cost to Mars to $100k/person with enough bandwidth to ship 1M people there over 40-100 years. 

 

What happens next is up to us. 

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Searching for aliens who already know we are here

Searching for aliens who already know we are here | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Are we alone in the universe? To answer this question, astronomers have been using a variety of methods in the past decades to search for habitable planets and for the signals from extraterrestrial observers.

The first part of this venture has been highly successful: More than 2,000 planets around distant stars — so called exoplanets — have been found so far. The second part, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), has not yet been successful.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Learning the lessons from exoplanet search to transform the SETI program could lead to a much more focused search. And therefore more successful. Looking at the limited area of the sky where aliens are the most likely to be listening to us already... as they might track us the way we track exoplanets. 

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Stéphanie Guillaume's curator insight, March 21, 2016 9:50 AM

A la recherche d'extra terrestres qui savent déjà que nous sommes là...

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Gravitational waves do exist, and astronomy will never be the same

Gravitational waves do exist, and astronomy will never be the same | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The discovery marks not just the first time that gravitational waves have been confirmed, but the first time researchers have observed binary black holes.
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A whole new field of exploration is opening up as we observe the invisible.
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin lands a rocket back down on earth

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin lands a rocket back down on earth | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Blue Origin got their BE-3 rocket to a height of 5,000 feet, then landed it without breaking anything.
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NASA's Journey to Mars

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NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration. This report provides an update on NASA's strategy for human deep space exploration that will enable our journey to Mars

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Looks like NASA now has a detailed plan to not just explore Mars but settle humans over there.

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Mars One colonization project? Not gonna happen according to MIT

Mars One colonization project? Not gonna happen according to MIT | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Whatever your views on Mars One, at the very least they have put the topic of Mars colonization in the public eye. Their plan, although ambitious, has received coverage from media across the world. For that, they can be applauded.
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Interesting debate between MIT scientists and the Mars One team. While I'm always cautious of naysayers, you have to admit that the project seems foolish from the arguments they're making.
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What would happen to someone falling into a black hole?

What would happen to someone falling into a black hole? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that
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Very interesting and clear description. The fact that the time to compute and decode information can have an impact on information itself, and physics laws, is fascinating. 

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The Moon Was A First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, But Europa Is The Prize

The Moon Was A First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, But Europa Is The Prize | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system.
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Life in the solar system?
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Eight Exoplanets That Could Support Life Discovered

Eight Exoplanets That Could Support Life Discovered | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Eight planets have been found existing in the “Goldilocks” zone around their stars, which is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water. Two of these, on the characteristics we can measure, resemble Earth more closely than any other known planet.
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Getting closer to finding Earth II.
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Some of the best images Cassini took of Saturn and its moons.

Some of the best images Cassini took of Saturn and its moons. | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA's Cassini probe is plunging to its death. The nuclear-powered spacecraft has orbited Saturn for 13 years, and sent back hundreds of thousands of images. The photos include close-ups of the gaseous giant, its famous rings, and its enigmatic moons - including Titan, which has its own atmosphere, and icy Enceladus, which has a subsurface ocean that could conceivably harbour microbial life.
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Beautiful worlds.
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SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon

SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
SpaceX has plans to send two private citizens around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced today.
It will be a private mission with two paying customers, not NASA astronauts, who approache
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Not sure if this will happen or be on time but great way to capture imagination.
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Water Found On One Of The First Exoplanets We Ever Discovered

Water Found On One Of The First Exoplanets We Ever Discovered | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Back in 1995, astronomers found the first exoplanet orbiting a star like our Sun. Now, using a novel technique, we’ve detected water in its atmosphere.
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This is on a gas planet the type of Jupiter. So unlikely to be a second home but I was fascinated to learn our detection method can now spot that.

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We probably just heard a message from aliens, scientists say

We probably just heard a message from aliens, scientists say | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.
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PR stunt or hard science? Too early to say but fascinating to see if we'll be able to prove that in the next future. Let alone translate what they say.

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A Few Things I Learned While Attempting To “Skate” In Zero Gravity

A Few Things I Learned While Attempting To “Skate” In Zero Gravity | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Simulated Moon and Martian gravity is way more fun for skating than no gravity at all. But you only get to experience those three times for 30 seconds each on the “Vomit Comet.” The rest of the flight is 12 zer0-gravity parabolas — each 30 seconds in duration. I did my first boneless backflip on our last martian gravity experience, and I was just starting to get the hang of doing ollies in slow motion.


Via Stratocumulus
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A 3' Video To Understand The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

A landmark day for Einstein and our understanding of the universe: the detection of gravitational waves. Brian Greene explains the discovery. Subscribe to ou...
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Very nice and simple video by Brian Greene who explains why the discovery of gravitational waves last week is such a big deal.
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Martin McGaha's curator insight, March 8, 2016 6:44 AM
Very nice and simple video by Brian Greene who explains why the discovery of gravitational waves last week is such a big deal.
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Caltech researchers' answers about Planet 9

Caltech researchers' answers about Planet 9 | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Here are some questions skeptics have about the theory of the new planet along with answers from the researchers.
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Is here a 9th planet far away in the solar system that's 10x the mass of earth and hat orbits in 10,000 to 20,000 years? The Caltech team who had discovered the bodies beyond Pluto that ended disqualifying it as a planet are saying yes. Here's why and what critics' questions it would address. 

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Kepler Telescope Spotted Something Very Strange Surrounding A Distant Star

Kepler Telescope Spotted Something Very Strange Surrounding A Distant Star | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Since its first light in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has been scanning the cosmos in search of habitable worlds beyond our Solar System. During its routine observations, the telescope observed something very unusual.
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Could be debris of comets or... signs of an alien technology. Seriously.
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'The Martian' vs Reality: How NASA Will Get Astronauts to Mars

'The Martian' vs Reality: How NASA Will Get Astronauts to Mars | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA wants the world to know that putting boots on Mars is not just a sci-fi dream. Here's how the space agency plans to do it.
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Mars is the dream of all astronauts and space fans. As the realistic sci-fi book is released as a movie, here's an interesting recap of all the technologies that have yet to be mastered before this mythical journey can be attempted.
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Meet Earth's Older Cousin

Meet Earth's Older Cousin | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.
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The search for an earth-like planet is making fast progress as our capacity to observe planets increases.
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Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).

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Bold statement but NASA Chief says we know where to look and we know how to look.

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Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly

Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Yesterday, an unmanned experimental spacecraft from the European Space Agency took off from French Guiana and, 100 minutes later, splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos Islands.
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The quest for the ultimate reusable spaceship is far from over when you see how different this concept is from SpaceX's reusable rockets.
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