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SpaceX's Elon Musk: Your ticket to Mars? Half a million dollars

SpaceX's Elon Musk: Your ticket to Mars? Half a million dollars | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk is laying out his plans for a colony on Mars, and they are specific.
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Mars Cave-Exploration Mission Entices Scientists

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Martian caves are more likely to host evidence of life than the surface, researchers say.
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Photos of Our Neighbors in Space

Photos of Our Neighbors in Space | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Astronomers have discovered more than 850 planets orbiting other stars. These exoplanets are found using a variety of techniques, but most are indirect—we see the effect of the planet on its host star, but we don’t see the planet itself.
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"Orphan Planet" Spotted, Orbits No Star

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The starless new world is older, colder, and closer than other suspected "homeless" planets.
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A trip to outer space — for just $95,000

A trip to outer space — for just $95,000 | The Cosmos | Scoop.it

Why settle for another ho-hum cruise around the globe or even an expedition to Mount Everest when a truly out-of-this-world travel experience is at hand? That’s what Netherlands-based Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) is promising — a suborbital journey that will qualify you as an official astronaut, all for the “bargain” price of $95,000. Of course, it’s a deal only in a relative sense — the closest competition is a similar suborbital program being offered by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic (think Virgin Atlantic airline gone outer space), but that runs $200,000.

 

 


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Patrik D'haeseleer's comment, November 13, 2012 5:33 PM
Suborbital does not equal "outer space". People that don't even know this essential difference probably shouldn't be reporting on space issues to begin with.
Stratocumulus's comment, November 13, 2012 8:24 PM
Tell that to Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. In addition, V-2 missiles fired against England from Germany during WWII never reached orbit but they most certainly reached outer space.
Asti Toro's comment, November 15, 2012 6:47 PM
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DailyTech - China Plans Fifth Manned Space Mission as U.S. Still Lacks Domestic Option

DailyTech - China Plans Fifth Manned Space Mission as U.S. Still Lacks Domestic Option | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Dragon may eventually provide solace to U.S.
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Super-Earth in 6-Planet System May Have Oceans, Life | Wired Science | Wired.com

Super-Earth in 6-Planet System May Have Oceans, Life | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
A newly discovered exoplanet joins the small but growing list of worlds other than our own that may host life.
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The Best Space Photos Ever: Astronauts & Scientists Weigh in

The Best Space Photos Ever: Astronauts & Scientists Weigh in | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Here are the most beloved space photos of scientists, photographers, authors and historians.
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Spacewalkers search for ammonia leak outside ISS

Spacewalkers search for ammonia leak outside ISS | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
The world’s most experienced female spacewalker ventured outside the International Space Station today, aiming to isolate a leak of toxic ammonia coolant.
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Sun unleashes intense X-class flare; active sunspot region rotating towards Earth

Sun unleashes intense X-class flare; active sunspot region rotating towards Earth | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
The sun belted out the most powerful type of solar flare Monday night, known as an X-class flare. It was the latest in a flurry of 4 flares spewed out by the sun since the weekend. Fortunately, it was not directed at Earth.
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Jeff Bezos' Secretive Spaceship Project Tests Rocket Escape System

Jeff Bezos' Secretive Spaceship Project Tests Rocket Escape System | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
The New Shepard capsule reached an altitude of 2,307 feet on Friday (Oct. 20).
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Most tightly-packed exoplanet system discovered 1,100 light years away -- a year lasts only a few days

Most tightly-packed exoplanet system discovered 1,100 light years away -- a year lasts only a few days | The Cosmos | Scoop.it

The Kepler space telescope has spotted the most tightly-packed exoplanet system yet, with five planets orbiting around the star KOI-500 within a fraction of the distance between Mercury and our Sun. The planets orbit their star in (going from innermost to outermost) 1.0, 3.1, 4.6, 7.1, and 9.5 days each, respectively, and each planet is between 1.3 and 2.6 times the size of the Earth. The outer four planets exist in a kind of orbital resonance, which sees them return to a set formation every 191 days -- that seems to keep them from being knocked out of orbit by each others' gravitaties and hurled either further out into the system or into the star to burn up.

 

The system was discovered by Darin Ragozzine, a planetary scientist at the University of Florida at Gainesville, and his team. It's roughly 1,100 light years from us, in the direction of the constellation Lyre. Its five planets are each slightly larger than the Earth, but their orbits are remarkably close to KOI-500 -- 150 times smaller than the orbit of the Earth. That's even less than the orbital distance of Mercury. Yet despite flying around so fast that it's only a manner of Earth days for each "year", they exist in an orbital resonance that keeps them from crashing into each other or falling into the star.


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Curiosity Rover's Secret Historic Breakthrough? Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules | Wired Science | Wired.com

Curiosity Rover's Secret Historic Breakthrough? Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Much of the internet is buzzing over "big news" from NASA's Curiosity rover but, as yet, scientists are keeping quiet about the exact details of such an announcement.
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Solar prominences erupt -- and the best is yet to come [Video]

Solar prominences erupt -- and the best is yet to come [Video] | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
A solar prominence can be a thing of beauty -- a glowing red, looping structure that can twist and turn hundreds of thousands of miles into space from the surface of the sun and last up to several months.
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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn Saturday

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn Saturday | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
The Leonid meteor shower of 2012 will peak before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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The November 2012 Solar Eclipse, as Seen 3 Times by Satellite [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

The November 2012 Solar Eclipse, as Seen 3 Times by Satellite [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s total solar eclipse, the last until 2015, was visible to precious few. The path of the total eclipse barely skimmed northern Australia and otherwise fell ...
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Unnatural Landscapes

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In a world where photoshop has made the unreal seem ordinary, these unearthly seemingly landscapes might seem likely fakes.  The world can be that extraordinary.  Pictured above is the "Door to Hell" in Turkmenistan.  Rich with natural gas, Soviets were drilling in 1971 when the drilling rig collapsed and left a huge (230 feet wide) hole.  In an attempt to stop gas leaks they hoped a fire would burn off any discharge, but it is still burning today.  Enjoy this gallery of 25 'unnatural' images.   


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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 6:52 PM

Some of these pictures are amazing. Im lucky enough to have been able to experience a few of these in my life.  The fire in Turkmenistan is unreal. I cant believe that fire has been burning since 1971. It really does seem like the "Door to Hell".

Louis Mazza's curator insight, March 12, 4:58 PM

Unnatural landscapes. Amongst all the new technology and graphics, the world still holds phenomena’s that can leave any persons jaw dropped. This article on buzzfeed shows 25 images that can amaze you. In Mt. Roraima, Venezuela there is a slab of land that seems to be suspended in the clouds. The Metro in Stockholm, Sweden resembles a space station in the rocks. The tunnel of love in the Ukraine looks like a path carved out of bush and also a romantic place for a date. The tulip Fields in Lisse, Netherlands looks like a grounded rainbow. Lapland, Finland is home to massive natural snow creatures. The mountains of Zhangye, China resembles the colors and look of Zebra stripe gum. Lake Rebta in Senegal looks like your floating in tomato soup.

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 11:43 AM

Physical geography and landforms are something that have amazed people for millennia. The world's tallest mountains, deepest oceans, widest rivers, and largest deserts have, at various times, astounded, baffled, and hindered human beings. Some physical features are helpful to human progress (cities built on hills are more defensible, rivers allow for irrigation for agriculture) and others delay it (mountains are difficult to traverse, oceans are large and treacherous to navigate). And then there are landforms or geographic features that are just downright strange or unusual, like the ones listed in this article. 

 

While looking at pictures of these places or visiting them may be fun, they also provide us with a valuable lesson about nature. Nature is a force to be reckoned with, as it can produce some pretty amazing and unusual things. People sometimes do not stop to think what nature can do and as a result, suffer the consequences (Napoleon, and later Hitler's ill-fated invasions of Russia, for instance). Geography and natural landforms can be invaluable tools in human progress, but it should also be kept in mind that they are part of nature, and that nature is an unpredictable and sometimes violent force. As with anything, then, nature and geography must be respected and feared to avoid making the same mistakes that others have made in the past. 

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Meteor Shower This Week: Leonids to Be Boosted by Moonless Night

Meteor Shower This Week: Leonids to Be Boosted by Moonless Night | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Find out when and how to catch the most meteors during the 2012 Leonid sky show.
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The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American

The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Sandy, a massive “superstorm,” unleashed high winds and large-scale flooding in New York and New Jersey—and the future holds more such damaging surges...
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'Godspeed Atlantis' as last space shuttle makes final journey

'Godspeed Atlantis' as last space shuttle makes final journey | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON--The last of the retired space shuttles is headed for its final landing.
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Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit opens in California

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit opens in California | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Space shuttle Endeavour debuted on public display Tuesday at the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles, where thousands turned out and lined up to be among the first to see the retired NASA orbiter inside its new home.
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Destination: Missing--Comet Once Targeted by NASA Mission Vanished: Scientific American

Destination: Missing--Comet Once Targeted by NASA Mission Vanished: Scientific American | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
Little-known Comet 85P/Boethin, chosen as the destination for an extended mission of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, disappeared sometime after 1986...
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New Launch Date Set For Secret Space Plane

New Launch Date Set For Secret Space Plane | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
By: Leonard David Published: 10/21/2012 12:11 PM EDT on SPACE.com The U.S. Air Force's launch of the next secret mission by its unmanned X-37B space plane has been officially delayed to mid-November.
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2-Million-Light-Year-Long Galactic Emission Looks Like Jet Afterburner | Wired Science | Wired.com

2-Million-Light-Year-Long Galactic Emission Looks Like Jet Afterburner | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Cosmos | Scoop.it
An extended jet of material traveling near the speed of light emerges from a distant galaxy, looking quite similar to the afterburner pattern of a jet engine on Earth.
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