Showing posts from October, 2018

Inside NASA's hunt for exoplanets just like Earth

Earth may be home, but it's not alone. Looking around at Earth's neighbors, it's fair to say we're on the most livable planet in our solar system. (Lift your game, Mars.) But while Earth seems unique in being able to support life, it's probably not the only planet in the universe with that distinction.  There are other planets, known as exoplanets, which are rocky orbs like ours and which orbit their own stars in other solar systems. If those planets exist in the so-called Goldilocks zone -- the orbital distance around their star that makes them not too hot and not too cold -- then they could have the conditions (and, most importantly, the liquid water on their surface) to support life.  In this week's episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at NASA's hunt for exoplanets and the role the Kepler spacecraft has played in hunting out "Earth analogs."  Launched in 2009, Kepler has found more than 2,600 confirmed exoplane

Bezos says commercial space travel is his ‘most important’ work

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Monday that his aerospace company, Blue Origin, is his "most important" project. Bezos made the comments at the Wired 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco, according to CNBC . He added that he expects there to one day be 1 trillion humans living somewhere in the solar system other than Earth. "I won't be alive to see the fulfillment of that long-term mission," he said. "We are starting to bump up against the absolute true fact that Earth is finite." Bezos also said he will spend more than $1 billion next year to support Blue Origin "The dynamism that I have seen over the last 20 years in the internet where incredible things have happened in really short periods of time," he added. "We need thousands of companies. We need the same dynamism in space that we've seen online over the last 20 years. And we can do that." Source:

NASA needs to return to ‘pushing our boundaries,’ says Neil Armstrong’s son

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, Neil Armstrong’s son wants to see the agency to ramp up its efforts as a space pioneer. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the incredible Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong was immortalized as the first man on the Moon. The historic feat was achieved just 10 years after NASA’s creation. “I think we've progressed more slowly than we had hoped, and certainly than everyone I think had hoped in 1969,” Mark Armstrong told Fox News during a press event for the movie “First Man” at Kennedy Space Center. “It's my hope that we get back to pushing our boundaries. I think that's good not just for the technology that's derived from it but also for our psyche, our collective soul - it's good for us to push.” Mark and his brother Rick both have cameos in “First Man” – the eagerly-anticipated Neil Armstrong biopic. “There's not much that inspires kids like the space program - so that's incredibly valuable to have th