Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025.

Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense of purpose.

Source: Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

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NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds

Scientists are using the Kepler space telescope to determine how many exoplanets our galaxy may harbor. And just maybe they’ll answer the question: Are we alone?

Astronomers using the Kepler space telescope have detected 219 possible new exoplanets in our galaxy, including 10 relatively small, rocky and possibly habitable planets similar to our own, NASA announced Monday.

Source: NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds

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Robotic Russian resupply freighter on the way to space station – Spaceflight Now

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A Russian Progress supply ship packed with several tons of crew provisions and fuel lifted off Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

The Progress MS-06 cargo and refueling freighter launched at 0920:13 GMT (5:20:13 a.m. EDT), or 3:20 p.m. local time at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The unpiloted cargo craft rode into orbit on a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, a modernized version of Russia’s venerable booster.

The Soyuz blasted off from Launch Pad No. 31 at Baikonur on a nearly nine-minute journey into orbit, soaring through overcast skies before deploying the Progress MS-06 spacecraft from its third stage. Moments after separating from the rocket, the supply ship extended its power-generating solar panels and navigation antennas, setting up for a series of thruster firings to approach the space station Friday.

Source: Robotic Russian resupply freighter on the way to space station – Spaceflight Now

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Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

 

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, talk while standing next to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module on Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Aliens are among us. That’s the gist of comments made by billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday. Could intelligent alien life really exist on Earth and we wouldn’t know about it?

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said, “Obviously, I think that aliens are out there. The conditions for life seem to be very widespread. All the requirements for life are everywhere, that doesn’t prove life is everywhere.”

“Could they come here and be buzzing the skies and occasionally entertaining Bob Bigelow by visiting him? It doesn’t violate physics, but is it likely?” Shostak told Live Science. (Not really, because if it were, humans would have better evidence by now for their Earthly invasion, he said.)

Source: Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

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NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

An official NASA release informed..

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications — very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications — have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

Source: NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

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Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Planning expeditions to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is planning a lunar fueling station for spacecraft, capable of supporting 1,000 people living in space within 30 years.

Source: Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

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Live coverage: SpaceX counting down to another launch attempt Monday – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX is gearing up for another launch attempt after a first stage sensor problem prevented liftoff Sunday.

The two-hour launch window opens at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), and there is a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather conditions. The primary concerns will be with ground winds and thick clouds.

Source: Live coverage: SpaceX counting down to another launch attempt Monday – Spaceflight Now

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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.

Source: Newfound Alien Planet Is Best Place Yet to Search for Life

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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.

Source: Strange rock recovered from infamous Roswell crash site!

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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.

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

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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.

Source: Correction: SpaceX Launch story – ABC News

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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.

Source: Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

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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.

Source: Mysterious Radio Bursts Could Be Aliens Powering High Speed Solar Sails

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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.

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

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