The Fermi Paradox and Where It Leads Us

Guest article by Andrew Fain. Enrico Fermi was a theoretical and experimental  physicist  known for his work on the first nuclear reactor, contributions to quantum theory, particle physics and statistical mechanics.  He won the nobel prize in 1938 and was widely known as the father of the atomic bomb along with Robert Oppenheimer. Enrico Fermi [...]

Next Tourist Destination to Become Outer Space

A space hotel built by the Russians in 2016 may be a possibility. It would be built by a commercial firm and would be a space station with an orbit about 350 km above the Earth. It would be pretty exclusive with only seven passengers living in capsules. To get their two-day trip they would [...]

In the Breaking Bad Series Would a Large Electro Magnet Turnover a Truck?

In the breaking bad series some information that needs to be erased is erased by a large electromagnet on the back of a lorry. This would be overkill if the magnet and laptop were in the same room but as the laptop is on the other side of a wall in a police office this [...]

New Research Gives More Information on Mercury’s Surface

Mercury is different from the Moon and Mars. Mariner showed that the planet was covered by smooth plains and cratered planes but their origin was unknown. So what were they formed by? Scientists studied the surface to see if the planes were formed by volcanic flows or material ejected from Mercury’s impact basins. New images [...]

Planet Formation Theory Threatened by Hubble Find

A new planet may be being built, not by aliens (well who knows really?), But in a cloud of gas and dust around TW Hydrae about 176 light-years away. This dust and gas cloud is in the constellation Hydra and was spotted by the Hubble space telescope. A Gap has been detected and current theories [...]

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Neil Armstrong’s Death to Motivate the Next Big Step?

As you may have noticed Neil Armstrong died a few days ago. This could turn out to be a good thing! It seems to have brought up the fact that our attempts to continue space exploration are just pathetic at the moment. Who would have believed when man walked on the moon that the walk [...]


Mars Rover Curiosity Is Firing Its Laser

The Mars science lab (nicknamed curiosity) has a laser! It is not for self defence but for analysing rocks. It has fired nearly 500 shots so far and it has produced strong clear data about the Mars surface. When the laser fires it focuses the energy of 1 million lightbulbs onto an area that is [...]


Plate Tectonics on Mars

When I did a course in Astrophysics the only place that plate tectonics existed was the earth. This it was said was one of the reasons life existed on Earth and if it was to exist elsewhere plate tectonics would be needed. A scientist has now found that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A tectonically [...]


Something Is Happening before Curiosity Lands on Mars

Not long now and the new Mars science lab will hopefully be deposited on Mars. This will happen on August 5 but there is something else happening on the same day. Only a few hours before the Mars science lab spacecraft reaches the red planet Mars will form a “Martian triangle” With Saturn and Spica [...]


A New Moon Is Discovered around Pluto

Hubble has discovered a new moon around Pluto. It is just a speck of light in the images Hubble sends back. The moon is irregular in shape and between 10 and 25 km across. It is assumed to be in the same plane as Pluto’s other moons at about 95,000 km from Pluto. This new [...]


Commercial Spacecraft Docks with the Space Station for the First Time

Space X has recently launched its Falcon 9 rocket and docked its dragon ship to the International space Station (ISS). This is the first time a commercial spaceship has joined with the space station. Spaceflights take a major boost from this as the ISS requires constant resupply and is in continual need of resupply since [...]


New Images of the Universe from the Spitzer Telescope

(Please wait while the images load it’s well worth it!) The Spitzer space telescope’s infrared array camera (IRAC) has been looking at the solar system right out to the most distant reaches of the universe. NASA is releasing a gallery of the 10 best IRAC images to celebrate this milestone The new images will highlight [...]


New Evidence about Venus’s Magnetic Field

Venus does not generate an internal magnetic field. This makes it a rarity amongst the planets. This means that Venus does not have a magnetosphere that protects it but the Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with magnetic fields of planets such as Earth. Now there is new evidence for a magnetic reconnection [...]


Two New Videos of the Moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

As 1000 days in orbit of the NASA lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) have passed two new videos have been released. The first video takes us through the moons evolutionary history and shows how it came to appear the way it does today. The second video gives a guided tour of some prominent locations on the [...]


The Near Future of Space Travel

A general talking to members of the Dept of defence, FAA and NASA pointed out recently that  spacecraft launch capabilities require too much energy and are extremely costly but that the air force is continuing to look at more efficient space transportation concentrating on engine design and purchasing improvements. He stated that it takes about [...]


Planets Found Orbiting Twin Stars

One planet called Kepler 16 was discovered some time ago but two new planets called Kepler 34 and Kepler 35 have just been found. Each of these planets revolve around their own double Suns. These discoveries imply that planets revolving around binary stars (Suns that exist as a pair) are common throughout the galaxy. This [...]


An Experiment Using Gravity to Find out Where All the Antimatter Is.

The universe seems to have no antimatter. Antimatter is needed to balance the matter that is all around us. Physicists at the University of California have decided to try and find out why antimatter method behaves differently in gravity than matter and this may answer the missing antimatter question. The antimatter version of the electron [...]


Titan’s Lakes and Rain Explained Better Buy a New Computer Simulation

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon is an alien world that is covered in a thick atmosphere of methane. Methane acts like rain on Titan creating clouds and fog as well as rainstorms and plentiful lakes. Where these features have come from is a mystery to scientists. Recently a computer model of Titan’s atmosphere and methane cycle [...]


Carnival of space 231

This weeks carnival of space ranges from commercial space exploration to the Milky Way. TheSpacewriter muses on the end of 2011 and the upcoming 2012. Nextbigfuture comments on Future History that is space related from now to 2050. Original article by Marc Millis at Centauri Dreams. Nextbigfuture suggests other technology that could impact Future Space [...]


Low Carbon Technologies Will Not Bring Bill Rises

Claims that the costs of wind farms, solar panels and other low carbon technology use will lead to sharp rises in bills are wrong, and they do absolutely nothing good for our society. Just recently, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) explained that, against the preposterous claims of some,the increase in bills over the past few [...]


Extraterrestrial Films

If you love learning about all things extraterrestrial, then you’re sure to love relaxing with great films which are set in outer space. Here are just a few classics, which you certainly won’t want to miss.. 2001: A Space Odyssey Noted for its scientific accuracy, as well as its impressive soundtrack, 2001: A Space Odyssey [...]


New Most Positive Sign of Water yet Found on Mars

I don’t know how it does it but the Mars rover opportunity continues to send back results from Mars. This one could be very significant as opportunity has found slivers of a bright material that could be gypsum (calcium sulphate). If this is confirmed it will be the most unambiguous sign of water yet found [...]


Mission to Mars about to Lift off Looking for Life

Look out for the Mars science laboratory launch on November 26, 2011. Curiosity, which is a Rover , will search for elements that are needed to support life which are mainly water and any carbon-based materials. This will give us a good indication of whether Mars was habitable or will be habitable in the future. [...]


Book Review- “Signals from the Void” A Collection of Short Storys to Support SETI

Buy Signals from the Void! and donate $1 to SETI all in one go. The official description of the e-book- “In the farthest reaches of the universe, in places our eyes have yet to behold, lurks the unknown. We search for life that we have dubbed ‘alien’ in hopes of making contact and bettering our [...]


New Images of Enceladus from the Cassini

On October 19 there was a successful flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft. This provided some new views of the moon and the icy jets that come from its southern polar region. This was a first because the images were of the plumes with two stars shining behind them which is called [...]

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