A little something to take our minds off of the crummy weather outside.
It’d be great if the New Horizons probe sent to observe Pluto could be re – directed to head towards this ” new ” planet, but it is / was moving at an unusually high speed compared to past Earth probes, & I guess reprogramming the craft to alter its course would be difficult. Still, a future unmanned mission there would be a real feat. As chilly as it is now to a lot of us, I’m sure this new 9th world would make wintertime Earth look like Tahiti, Bora Bora or Arizona in the height of summer.
The neat thing is that there are extremeophiles – Flora & fauna that can exist anywhere on Earth, adapt & even THRIVE – in even the most inhospitable of environments = The geothermal vents undersea, deserts like the Atacama & the Gobi, Antarctica, etc.
Bacteria were even found on a piece of a Soviet probe retrieved from the near – vacuum of the Moon.
So – life of SOME kind, even if it’s unicellular or similar to a lichen, could exist on this wanderer on the fringe of the solar system. <—– Dreams of going ice – fishing on the moon of Jupiter, Europa, so he says. 🙂
Source: Weekend ‘Galaxy’ Insight –Beyond Pluto? Discovery of an Unseen 9th Planet (VIDEO)
This is an interesting article even though I haven’t seen the movie ( DVD released today ). Mars has been touted as being the most Earthlike planet in our solar system, & I’ve heard claims that it could be terra – formed within a 50 year time span ( But 1st you need a better, stronger magnetosphere to keep radiation from reducing your effort to dry, desiccated, rusty ruin with oxygen & H2O molecules dismantled ). I think humankind’s 1st viable colonies will be underground & under domes for many centuries.
& I think the plan to send ” Martian colonists ” is a potentially suicidal pipe – dream, UNLESS the companies funding the exploration send unmanned craft with building supplies, food, equipment as the bare bones of a settlement 1st. Otherwise, like I said, it’s nothing except a badly thought – out, ill – executed, suicidal pipe – dream.
But trips to Mars have been a dream of humanity’s ever since humanity began to dream of life on other worlds, then among the stars. Hopefully we’ll realize it, & not repeat the same mistakes we have on Earth.
In memory of David Bowie, Major Tom, aka ” Ziggy Stardust “. I hope your spaceship safely found its way to its destination. This is Ground Control…..
Andy Weir’s “The Martian” tells the story of Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars. He must improvise and innovate to survive. NASA is already working on some of the technologies he uses to try to stay alive.
Source: Nine Real NASA Technologies in ‘The Martian’