All posts tagged with space

Link: Exoplanet fatigue

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Oliver Morton thought that the recent Proxima Centauri exoplanet news would be bigger; he ponders why he was wrong: “It will be a long time before you see an...

Quote: The Sagan effect

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Many people know the story that Carl Sagan was rejected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The story has given rise to ...

What happened on Apollo 13

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Ars Technica has a long article in honor of the anniversary of the Apollo 13 by writer Lee Hutchinson, giving background to the famous accident that the movi...

Launching genetic diversity to the stars

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Popular Mechanics asks, “How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?”. The basic problem is that a multigenerational star voyage requires t...

Billions of Earths

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The Bad Astronomer explains this week’s new Kepler-assisted astronomy findings: “The Sky May Be Filled with Earth-like Planets”.

Hunting for Dyson spheres

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From Markus Hammonds at io9: “The Hunt for Alien Megastructures”. Turns out that people are already using observational data to try to identify planet-scale ...

Autonomous asteroid manufacturing

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Adam Mann of Wired describes the interesting plans of Deep Space Industries, working on the idea of how to make money from asteroid mining: “New Asteroid Min...

Space radiation

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Maggie Koerth-Baker, on “How space radiation hurts astronauts”. I did not know about this part:

Stone tools on the moon

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Moon rock is expensive here on Earth, but on the moon it’s as cheap as dirt. So maybe future moon colonists could make stuff out of it using 3-d printing tec...

Martian will

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Adam Mann in Wired covers Elon Musk’s ideas about putting people on Mars: “Elon Musk Wants to Build 80,000-Person Mars Colony”.

Anthropocentric aliens

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Steve Silberman provides an in-depth interview of Lee Billings, in the middle of writing a book about the discovery of extrasolar planets: “Five Billion Year...

MacGuffin

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The headline of this Guardian story really says it all: “Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite”.

Interstellar design

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Popular Mechanics has an article that goes through some of the basics of space flight design principles: “What would a starship actually look like?”

Astrobiology editorial

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Nature has a short opinion piece about NASA’s astrobiology initiative Lazcano:Hand:2012.

Space news

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From Alexis Madrigal: “Hey, brother, can you spare a Hubble?”

Mailbag: Beyond the solar system

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My name is Corey Hayes. I am in my final year of Anthropology at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. My Minor's English, and I've been told I have a bent...

An arsenical profile

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Popular Science writer Tom Clynes gives us a long profile of Felisa Wolfe-Simon, who became a lightning rod for criticism after she authored an article claim...

Alienation

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On the issue of alien cyanobacteria, I recommend David Dobbs: “Aliens riding meteorites: Arsenic redux or something new?”

Suborbital experiments worth the cost

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Yesterday, some commercial space news made the NY Times (“Space Tourism: One Giant Leap for Researchers” and Wired (“Scientists Buy Rocket Rides to Suborbita...

Ham the space chimp

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Remembering Ham, 50 years later: “The chimp that took America into space.”

Landing your capsule

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Vintage Space is a blog written by a historian of spaceflight, which has lately been focusing on the development of landing systems in the Mercury, Gemini an...

Arsenate redux

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I wrote a short post about the arsenate-bacteria story last weekend; in the meantime the story has developed. Carl Zimmer ran a long story early this week, r...

Alien biology hype

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Rosie Redfield begins to disassemble the NASA-sponsored “alien life forms” story:

Blue planet

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Charles Stross: “How habitable is the Earth?”

Astronaut leavings

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Sophie and I went out last week to see the International Space Station and Space Shuttle as they flew over just after sunset. Very impressive brightness, and...

Buzz Aldrin interview

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The Freakonomics blog ran a Q-and-A with astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Boldly going?

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Could the first Mars colony be a retirement community? Lawrence Krauss thinks so:

Saturn V

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The LA Times had a very nice article last week with reminiscences of engineers who built the Saturn V rocket:

Mailbag: Saturn V remembrance

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Thanks for your post on the Saturn V. I remember watching the first shuttle launch, and being surprised at how it jumped off the pad. I had become used to ...

A different space infrastructure

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Rand Simberg (Transterrestrial Musings) gives a history of efforts to redirect NASA, and an alternative blueprint for the future, in a long essay in The New ...

Tom Wolfe on the moon landing

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Worth reading from last week if you haven’t seen it: The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe’s lament on NASA’s unfulfilled promise, “One Giant Leap to Nowhere”. Mo...

Ancient Earth rocks may be on Moon

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Simulations have shown that ejecta from ancient impacts on Earth may have landed safely on the Moon, allowing future astronauts to search for ancient traces ...