Archive for July, 2012


When are they going to launch one of these?

Ye Olde Soapbox

Space Tourism

Fly Me to the Moon – Tech Europe – WSJ

By Ben Rooney

Only 24 people have been close to the moon, and the last of those was nearly 40 years ago. That may be about to change.

U.K.-based space-research company Excalibur Almaz hopes to make trips to the moon if not commonplace, then certainly more routine. It plans to use modernized Soviet-era space vehicles — of which it has six — to take people on missions around the moon.

But CEO Art Dula is keen to stress that this isn’t about space tourism — high-net-worth individuals seeking the ultimate holiday snaps. Some 520 people have taken manned flights into space, but those have all been orbiting the earth.

“The people are not tourists,” he said. “This is much more about private expedition members — conducting expeditions that will go further into space than anyone has before.”

Mr. Dula draws…

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Should work together with SpaceGuard Foundation.

Nepal - the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Image from b612foundation.org

Image from b612foundation.org

Some 500,000 asteroids are circulating near-Earth space and some of them may pose a real danger to our planet. But a US company says it plans to build a telescope that will be able to watch them.

Some asteroids may collide with Earth between 2020 and 2030, and only about 10,000 out of half a million have been catalogued to date – so  time is of the essence. But the B612 Foundation is certain its future telescope called Sentinel, which may be launched into orbit around the sun in about five years, can help to chart the rest of them in less than six years of operation.

“This is going to be the definitive map of the inner solar system,” says Ed Lu, a former NASA astronaut and B612 Foundation’s CEO.

Once completed, the map will help researchers spot potentially dangerous asteroids and identify others that could…

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If this were true, DeBeers would already be mining it.

★★★ ASC Techno Zone ★★★

This illustration shows the alien planet around pulsar PSR J1719-1438, where ultra-high pressures caused carbon to crystallize in the remnant of a dead star. The planet is made of diamond and orbits a dense pulsing star with a radius smaller than that of our sun.

A newly discovered alien planet that formed from a dead star is a real diamond in the rough.

The super-high pressure of the planet, which orbits a rapidly pulsing neutron star, has likely caused the carbon within it to crystallize into an actual diamond, a new study suggests.

The composition of the planet, which is about five times the size of Earth, is not its only outstanding feature.

The planet’s parent star is a special kind of flashing star known as a millisecond pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star formed from a supernova. The entire system, which is only the second of its kind ever discovered, is located about 4,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Serpens (The Snake).

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It is a bad idea to feed black holes.

We bave to stop feeding black holes and maybe they will evaporate.

Space hydrology is a good field for high school students trying to pick a major in college because as the human race moves out into the cosmos, water is the number one priority.

Well . . . after oxygen.

Is that a Russian Space Agency doctor or his wife?

Simotron

Oleg Kononenko on his return from over 6 months in orbit aboard the ISS.

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Fusion not fission. Any step away from fission is a step in the right direction.

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Scientists at UAHuntsville have proposed a scheme that could see a spacecraft propelled through space by using a pulsed nuclear fusion system. To do so, a series of “nuclear slapshots” would apply magnetic pulses in order to slam nuclei into each other inside a hockey puck like structure made of a special lightweight salt. Should it work, this hot gas-propulsed “flying tea kettle” would get us to Mars in weeks rather than months.

Physicists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are developing the “Z-pinch” – a small, lightweight propulsion system. Jason Cassibry, an associate professor of engineering at UAHuntsville, and his team are attempting to drive a hollowed-out puck in on itself, fusing lithium and hydrogen atoms. In other words, nuclear fusion – the process where four hydrogen atoms combine to make one helium atom in which a small amount of matter is…

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I wonder what universities have a space hydrology program of study?

Is this Photoshop or for real?

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An eclipse from below is magical but an eclipse from above is………………………………………………………………………….

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