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Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet
2012-04-02 06:11:33

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds.  Recent finds include planets with double suns, massive "super-Earths" and "hot Jupiters," and a miniature solar system.  The variety of planets circling distant suns is as wonderful as it is surprising. As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time before Kepler finds what astronomers are really looking for:  an Earth-like planet orbiting its star in the...

NASA Calls For Student-Designed Deep Space Habitat Proposals
2012-03-22 03:52:30

NASA is offering college and university students a chance to help design a deep space habitat. The Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is accepting applications for the 2013 challenge, inviting students to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems for use on NASA's deep space habitat prototype. Past projects have included an inflatable loft for crew sleeping quarters, plant growth systems and sample handling tools. This year, students in multiple disciplines can...

Image 1 - NASA Astronauts Check Out SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft
2012-03-20 03:24:25

NASA astronauts stepped into SpaceX Dragon capsule recently to get a feel for how the spacecraft might ride after long hours. The group of astronauts and industry experts climbed inside the Dragon capsule and tested out positioning of displays and assessed how comfortable the spacecraft was. “There are very important systems that need to be in place before you can put humans in a spacecraft,” Jon Cowart, NASA´s partner manager for SpaceX, said in a press release....

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2012-03-14 09:45:36

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a non-governmental space launching company operated by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has signed up two more customers for launches on its Falcon 9 rockets, the company announced on Tuesday. Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satélites Mexicanos, also known as Satmex, hired SpaceX for two launches to deliver a total of four telecommunications satellites into orbit before the end of 2015. “Asia and Latin America represent two of the...

Construction Firm Proposes Space Elevator
2012-02-26 06:12:53

A Japanese construction company has announced plans to design and build the world's first space elevator, which they are hoping to have completed in the next 40 years, various media outlets reported last week. According to the website Rocket News 24, the company, Obayashi Corporation, plans to design an elevator that would transport approximately 30 passengers at a time to a station more than 22,000 miles above the Earth's service. The journey will take a little over a week at a speed...

NASA Announces Call For New Commercial Space Industry Proposals
2012-02-08 12:25:06

NASA has issued a call for the commercial space industry to submit proposals for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Initiative. The move by the space agency is part of the movement to develop a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capable of taxiing astronauts to and from low Earth orbit, NASA said in a press release. "President Obama is working hard to create an American economy built to last," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a press release. "NASA's support of...

Astronomers Spot Fourth Potential Habitable Planet
2012-02-03 09:41:48

An international team of astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet 22 light years away orbiting a nearby star, reports The Telegraph. Scientists, led by Carnegie´s Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Paul Butler, discovered the triple star system with a planet orbiting one of the stars, clearly within the habitable zone, where its neither too hot nor too cold, making it suitable for liquid water to be present on the surface. The host star has a different makeup...

Could A Two Sun System Support A Habitable Planet Or Moon?
2012-01-11 09:44:13

A team of University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) astrophysicists are suggesting that a habitable Earth-like planet could exist in a distant solar system recently discovered by NASA´s Kepler Space Telescope. Kepler-16b, a cold, gaseous planet orbiting two stars -- similar to the fictional Tatooine of Star Wars -- in the Kepler-16 system, was discovered by Kepler back in September. Based on the discovery, the UTA team conclude that an Earth-like planet could exist in the system´s...

2012-01-04 11:42:31

"Humanity's adventurous, stubborn, mad and glorious aspiration to reach the stars" is the subject of Physics World's lead feature in January. Sidney Perkowitz, Candler Professor of Physics Emeritus at Emory University, Atlanta, US, reports from the 100 Year Starship Study (100YSS) conference and discusses the challenges that interstellar travel presents. With current propulsion technology only able to move spacecraft at 0.005% of the speed of light, a one-way trip to the star system...


Latest Space colonization Reference Libraries

Ad Astra
2012-05-07 07:06:15

Ad Astra is a quarterly-published journal of the National Space Society (NSS). The name “ad astra” means “to the stars.” The journal was established following the merger of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute, which formed the NSS in 1987. The NSS is a non-profit aerospace advocacy and educational institution based in Washington DC. On November 28, 2007, the NSS announced MM Publishing Inc. as the newest publisher of Ad Astra. MM Publishing officially took on the role...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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