Showing posts from March, 2016

A planet is forming in an Earth-like orbit around a young star

New images reveal never-before-seen details in the planet-forming disk around a nearby Sun-like star, including a tantalizing gap at the same distance from the star as Earth is from the Sun.
Disks of dust and gas that surround young stars are the formation sites of planets. New images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) reveal never-before-seen details in the planet-forming disk around a nearby Sun-like star, including a tantalizing gap at the same distance from the star as Earth is from the Sun.

This structure may mean that an infant version of our home planet, or possibly a more massive “super-Earth,” is beginning to form there.

The star, TW Hydrae, is a popular target of study for astronomers because of its proximity to Earth — approximately 175 light-years away — and its status as a veritable newborn — about 10 million years old. It also has a face-on orientation as seen from Earth. This affords astronomers a rare undistorted view of the complete disk.


British scientist Hawking says Mars will be colonized by humans in next 100 years

"Although colonizing the Moon would be simpler, it is only 3 days away, Mars represents a more interesting challenge,"

Mars will be colonized by humans in the next 100 years, famous British scientist Stephen Hawking said in an exclusive interview with TASS on Monday.

"NASA, and other space agencies around the world, are focused on Mars. It is our closest earth-like planet, with soil and an atmosphere. Although colonizing the Moon would be simpler, it is only 3 days away, Mars represents a more interesting challenge, and would require the colony to be truly self-sufficient," Hawking said.

"Within 100 years, I have no doubt, there will be humans living on Mars. To do this we need investment, allowing us to advance our knowledge, on how to survive the dangers of cosmic radiation, body deterioration, and how to deal with the lack of vital supplies beyond Earth," he concluded.

The full text of the interview is available here.


NASA’s futuristic EM Drive’s design undergoing peer review

The debate over an “impossible” fuel-free engine that could purportedly transport people from Earth to Mars in less than 10 weeks may soon be resolved, as media outlets reported this week that a paper detailing the device is currently undergoing the peer-review process.

According to the Daily Mail and the International Business Times, researchers at Eagleworks Laboratories, NASA’s advanced propulsion physics research division, confirmed in a March 17 post on the NASA Spaceflight forum that research into the controversial EM Drive was “NOT dead” and that a new study detailing its design could be published in the near future.

Those comments, the IB Times said, “seems to indicate that the researchers are confident of having significant results to reveal” regarding the EM Drive, a device that purportedly creates thrust by bouncing microwaves around an enclosed chamber and relies solely on solar power.
While the notion of fuel-free space travel is undoubtedly attractive, and has generated…

NASA will test inflatable living module on ISS that could one day go to Mars

It’s funny, but space is actually a limited commodity when you’re in space. Crewed vehicles and stations are cramped in the name of efficiency, but NASA is preparing to test a new inflatable habitat called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) that could eventually make its way to Mars with the astronauts of the future. But first, it needs to prove itself on the International Space Station (ISS).

The BEAM will be delivered to ISS in a few weeks aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule, its first mission to ISS after last year’s failed launch. After docking, mission control will use the station’s robotic arm to remove the module from the Dragon’s cargo hold and attach it to a port on the Tranquility node.

Since this is an inflatable module, a big part of the test will be adding air to BEAM and monitoring how it expands to its full size. This is a desirable design because an inflatable habitat can offer the same space as something more solid, but with much less mass on the launch vehic…

Looks aside, NASA’s Orion is “lightyears ahead of what they had in Apollo”

Redundancy is key to travel "farther away than any human spacecraft has ever been.” MICHOUD, La.—Look at NASA's high-profile Orion spacecraft, and you may get a funny feeling of familiarity. While the modern crew vehicle recently made its big screen debut in the Oscar-nominated The Martian, any lingering deja vu more likely comes from a different place. With the Orion module, there's more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor—the one from the Apollo program. "To the untrained eye, it looks very much the same," says Jim Bray, Lockheed Martin's Director of the Orion Crew Module. Bray's been working and thinking about Orion since helping Lockheed win the contract in 2006, and even he can admit it looks "very similar" to Apollo.
"But," he says, "this is completely different."
When NASA successfully launched Orion in December 2014, it was the first time since Apollo that the organization attempted to put a spacecraft des…

A neutron star is headed to Earth!!!

Unnamed sources from NASA has stated that a Neutron Star is heading towards Earth. It states that the neutron star will be in the solar system within the next 100 years. When it reaches this planet it will destroy this planet..

Stay tuned to this news site for more details..

Space mining not Sci-Fi, race heats up

Space mining, extracting resources from near-earth asteroids, is "not science fiction any more".

With these words, spoken by Jean-Jacques Dordain, the former director general of the European Space Agency, Luxembourg announced its entry into the space-mining race.

Dordain was appearing alongside Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg's economy minister, as he unveiled the country's bid to be a pioneer in a whole new resources sector, one with quite literally infinite potential.

That the small Duchy of Luxembourg should be challenging the current dominant player in space exploration, the US, might initially appear surprising.

But in truth it is only building on its historical role in pioneering satellite technology. In 1985, it sponsored SES, which is now the world's largest commercial satellite operator.

And while asteroid mining really does sound like science fiction, much of the groundwork has already been laid.

Private operators such as Planetary Resources Inc (PRI) an…

SpaceX Offers 30% Off Your First Flight to Mars

For those worrying that a flight to Mars is going to be too expensive, stop worrying. The grateful Elon Musk of SpaceX has awarded first-time customers a 30% discount. That will make the trip practically free at $40 million dollars.


Even though no one has even been to Mars yet, it’s funny to see that we already have options over what company to fly with. $40 million for space travel might not sound all that cheap to you, but in comparison, it’s not a bad deal. SpaceX’s largest rival in the US, ULA chars $164 million per launch. That’s just the bare minimum. Across the pond, the European company Arianespace charges a cool $167 million per launch. This is said to go down however, since pressure from SpaceX.


Ever since Elon Musk couldn’t afford to send a greenhouse to Mars, SpaceX has had a goal to be the cheapest way for space travel around. So what’s their secret? Well, it’s not underpaying their workers li…

First flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy moves to NET November 2016

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle has been moved to no-earlier-than (NET) November 2016. The company’s newest rocket is slated to launch from historic Launch Complex 39A located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On her panel this week at Satellite 2016, SpaceX’s President and COO, Gwynne Shotwell, stated that the Falcon Heavy launch would be from 39A and could take place as early as November of this year. This is according to a source with the Hawthorne, California-based company.

The Falcon Heavy was scheduled to launch in 2015, that moved to 2016, with a possible launch in May and then September eyed.

This could be a very busy year for SpaceX, with as many as twelve flights possible between now and the close of the year. Already in 2016, SpaceX has conducted two launches from its facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California (Jason-3 for NOAA) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (the SES-9 communications…

Scott Kelly Considers Journey to Mars as Doable in Post-Landing Remarks About One-Year Mission

Despite fatigue, muscle soreness and—untouched by the full force of terrestrial gravity in almost a year—a peculiar “itchiness” of the skin, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly feels that his 340 days in space have cleared a significant psychological and physiological milestone towards someday planting boots on Mars. During press events at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, last Friday, Kelly spoke candidly about his time in orbit, his spectacular #EarthArt imagery, his first impressions of the Home Planet upon returning to terra firma and his hopes for the future.

“I think the only big surprise was how long a year is,” Kelly began. “It seemed like I’d lived there forever; seemed longer than I thought it would be.” A veteran of three previous missions, including two short-duration shuttle flights and a 159-day International Space Station (ISS) increment between October 2010 and March 2011, Kelly had learned to pace himself appropriately during his early days and weeks in orbit.…

IXS Enterprise Designs Based on ‘Star Trek’ Ship Resurface

“We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career,” Mark Rademaker told the Washington Post in 2014.

When does science-fiction become science fact? Throughout various mediums over the last few centuries, we’ve seen early versions of concepts that would eventually become a reality. Sometimes these portrayals are pretty far off base (still waiting on those flying cars), while other times they feel downright prescient. But in the case ofStar Trek and one particular engineer at NASA, science-fiction actually informed science fact, with NASA engineer and physicist Harold White now actively working on a space ship that would allow travel faster than the speed of light—or, for the Star Trekinclined, warp speed.
B White announced this idea a few years ago, with the concept seeking to allow travel faster than the speed of light by literally expanding space-time behind the object and contracting space-time in front of it. In rea…