Sometimes I wonder / worry about the future of education in the U.S., particularly science education, then I read a story like this. I remember a time when students only launched souped – up model rockets, then remote – controlled aircraft, & the rockets didn’t even go very far into the atmosphere. The times, they are a – changing. Hopefully the conservatives won’t cut funds for education down to the bone.
For three student teams, the dream of building and working on a real space mission is coming true. At 01:50 CEST (23:50 GMT) today, a trio of student-built CubeSats were released into space as part of ESA’s Education Office ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme.
Source: Student satellites fly freely on their orbit in space
They probably fall in with the ranks of those who believe in a 6,000 year – old Earth, & that the lunar landings were staged in a Hollywood studio. People usually believe the input of their senses, but then they go believing in Hell, Heaven, demons, angels, UFOs / alien abductions, out – of – body & Near Death Experiences, ” ancient astronauts “, fairies in a meadow, etc., sometimes without the slightest scintilla of an inkling of evidence.
I find Flat – Earthers & Young Earth Creationists to be somewhat bothersome, even though people usually stick by their beliefs & sometimes are pretty quick to defend them, fueled by adrenaline.
I believe that the universe has lots of surprises in store for us, & these archaic, errant beliefs have NO PLACE in modern 21st century Earth ( Be it flat OR round ), even they cling to them tenaciously.
Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Are they kidding?
Source: Are Flat-Earthers Being Serious?
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’
I know it’s part of an online catalog, but I’ve seen this ” map ” of the known universe earlier.
Just think – Our relatively small spark of light with its collection of 8 planets ( originally ** 9 **, thanks to Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson demoting Pluto. 🙂 ) is somewhere in that graphic representation of everything that surrounds us & our class G home star Sol.
I just thought some cosmic perspective would be a good way to start out this New Year.
Happy 2016 to one & all !
Source: Map Of The Universe Poster | YourStarForever
BUT it IS getting close.
In any of its 2 – 3 ( ? ) Incarnations, The Twilight Zone has been MORE than a science – fiction, fantasy, adventure series.
In fact, back in its Golden Age, it really broke ground on topics such as human rights, race – relations, politics, belief, the workings of the human mind, & related areas.
They had 2 Christmas episodes that became part of the 1980’s reboot, one being in the classic version. BOTH unforgettable, & both quite capable of eliciting a lump in the throat – ” Night of The Meek ” & an episode based on an Arthur C. Clarke short story, ” The Star “.
My friends, I reach into my Serling – esque bag to give you the 1980’s Twilight Zone Version of Arthur C. Clarke’s ” The Star “, as an early Christmas / Yule / holiday – time present ( Provided the link works. IT BETTER. 🙂 2115 hours – Maybe you could look it up on Youtube. It is a GOOD episode )
This sounds almost like an alternative prequel to the film ” 2010 : The Year We Make Contact ” & I think I’d pay good money to see this movie. Based on science we ( mostly ) have now, & a LITTLE more believable than a film like ” Avatar ” or ” Prometheus “.
Europa is a reasonable candidate for life on another body in the solar system.
Thanks to ” The Daily Galaxy ” for the link here.
We have the official poster, images and a teaser trailer for Sebastian Cordero’s sci-fi thriller EUROPA REPORT!
Source: EUROPA REPORT Trailer, Poster, Images!
Here I enthuse again about 3 – D ” Printing ” –
As long as humans can supply the right materials, these devices are going to be able to turn out just about anything.
& if a 3 – D ” Printing ” facility can be located in outer space ( Near Earth Orbit orbit or between Earth & the Moon ), the less the chance of it becoming a source of toxic waste like facilities on Earth have a tendency to become.
For the time being, it’s science fiction, but sometimes fiction can become fact. Big Business can actually help the average guy, no matter where they live.
Something ( else ) to think about when you look up at a full Moon rising in a night sky, or Hell, even in the daytime. PROGRESSIVES !
Source: Made In Space Archinaut to 3D Print Large Structures in Space – 3D Printing Industry
You can tell I really, REALLY like 3 – D ” Printing ” after that previous post, I’ll assume.
Instead of a resinous substance, the Israelis have learned how to use a metallic compound. My interest is peaking.
I don’t know if a license should be required now & in the future or not, just to keep the technology in ethical hands ( as in hands that won’t use a 3 – D ” printer ” to create a weaponized anthrax analogue ).
Source: Xjet to Launch Revolutionary Inkjet Metal 3D Printing Nanotechnology – 3D Printing Industry
Now imagine the peacetime, non – military uses of ” printing ” equipment & resources with 3 – D ” Printing ” technology ( I prefer something more like ” fabrication ” or ” replication “, but hey, while we’re here, let’s go with ” printing ” ).
Universal donor blood & marrow. Synthetic skin for burn victims. Joints & bone – grafts, prosthetics.
Tools used in space travel ( A 3 – D printer is 1 of the items ready to be sent to the ISS, which could bode well for a space station supposedly scheduled to be decommissioned in 2020 much like the Mir was ). Military & emergency civilian MREs ( Meals ), 1st – aid supplies, automotive parts, computer components. Even my DENTIST uses a 3 – D ” printer ” to design fillings & crowns.
Inevitably this technology will become available to the average person, & best – case scenario, we’ll use it for constructive purposes rather than building better meth – labs, I would hope.
I’d prefer having it to design my own mini – helicopter. 🙂
A new jet-powered drone might be the most complex flying machine ever built using 3D printing.
Source: Jet-Propelled 3D-Printed Drone Claims Speed Record