Newfound Alien Planet Is Best Place Yet to Search for Life

The alien world known as LHS 1140b is rocky, like Earth. It is only 40 light-years away from our solar system (essentially, down-the-street in cosmic terms), and sits in the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, which means liquid water could potentially exist on the planet’s surface. Several other planets also meet those criteria, but few of them are as prime for study as LHC 1140b according to the scientists who discovered it, because the type of star the planet orbits and the planet’s orientation to Earth make it ripe for investigations into whether it’s the kind of place where life could thrive.

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Strange rock recovered from infamous Roswell crash site!

Alien artifact found by Robert Ridge, 40, near the area where the infamous Roswell crash had taken place.YouTube screenshot / secureteam10

UFOlogist busts infamous Roswell UFO crash cover up and reveals a mysterious alien artefact, allegedly recovered from the crash site.

In 2004, a man named Robert Ridge, 56, was in the desert around Roswell. He found a strange smooth stone that had some well-crafted, though unidentifiable, symbols carved on it.

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Boeing’s Proposed Deep Space Explorer Will Be Our Stepping Stone to Mars

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With everyone in such a rush to get the hell off this planet, we’re gonna need some pretty sophisticated digs to ferry us to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Thankfully, Boeing’s all over it: On April 3rd, the company revealed its concepts for a lunar outpost and a deep space explorer. I’m not one to dole out compliments but damn do they look good.

While details are still pretty thin on the timeline for these bad boys, there are a few things we know for sure: Boeing plans to use NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)—which, upon completion, will be the most powerful rocket the agency has ever built—in order to send a habitat into the Moon’s orbit. This outpost, dubbed the Deep Space Gateway, will be similar to the International Space Station (ISS) in that it will create a space to do scientific research while providing a destination for transportation vehicles to dock. In theory, Boeing’s Deep Space Transport vehicle could stop there on its way to the Red Planet, likely carrying humans.

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Correction: SpaceX Launch story – ABC News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission.

“This is a huge day. My mind’s blown, frankly,” Musk said.

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Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Former astronauts will get health care. Pence will run the National Space Council. Trump doesn’t want to be an astronaut.

The bill more or less aligns with the budget blueprint Trump laid out last week. NASA won’t face the same cuts as other science and medical agencies, which stand to lose huge portions of their budget under the president’s proposal. Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s remains NASA’s long-term goal, and Congress will continue to fund the construction of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule for that mission.

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Mysterious Radio Bursts Could Be Aliens Powering High Speed Solar Sails

First observed in 2007, fast radio bursts (or FRBs) are random short-lived flashes of radio emission from deep space that last for only a few milliseconds. To date, less than two dozen of these have been detected mostly through powerful radio telescopes such as the Parkes Observatory in Australia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Scientists believe that fast radio bursts originate from extremely distant galaxies billions of light years away. Nobody knows, however, what (or who) are causing these.

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Building a Mars Colony? You’ll Need a Team of Astronaut ‘MacGyvers’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Colonizing Mars will be no easy feat. It will require billions of dollars and years of specialized research led by some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world. It will demand advanced technologies, yet to be invented — new kinds of spacecraft, for example, advanced rocket propulsion, deep-space life-support systems and high-speed communications.

But when humans arrive at the Red Planet, their best chances for success and survival will depend on simple materials, low-tech solutions and a broad set of problem-solving skills that will allow people to adapt.

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Private Space Stations Could Orbit the Moon by 2020, Robert Bigelow Says

Giant space-station refueling depots could be orbiting the moon by 2020, but only if the Trump administration makes the funding and national drive needed for it to happen a priority, according to aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow.

Bigelow, whose company, Bigelow Aerospace, has launched three private space-habitat prototypes into orbit — includingthe first inflatable space-station module, said that a commercial station in lunar orbit would be a vital destination for moon exploration.

“The key is going to be how fast the Trump administration can react,” Bigelow said in an interview Friday (March 3). The administration would have to move quickly “to energize funds and to galvanize the private sector” to make a lunar depot by end of 2020 possible, he added. [Bigelow Aerospace’s Inflatable Space Station Idea (Photos)]

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