Tag Archives: Kuiper belt

Two Kuiper Belt objects found: Hubble to proceed with full search for New Horizons targets

I always assumed that NASA had plans to explore other Kuiper Belt objects after the New Horizon’s probe flew by Pluto.  But I’m a bit surprised that they’re just now working out what those objects will be: Two Kuiper Belt objects … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Turns Down Pluto Debate Challenge

And speaking of the outer solar system, it seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t interested in debating whether or not Pluto is a planet. If you were looking forward to seeing astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson debate how Pluto should be classified, … Continue reading

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The space age is in full swing, for robots

Yesterday I made the observation that it was much cheaper to transmit information than to travel to an interstellar destination, observing that sending a microscopic robot able to use raw materials in the destination system to bootstrap manufacture what it … Continue reading

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For interstellar travel, transmission is much cheaper

It will always be a lot cheaper to send a radio signal to an interstellar destination than any kind of physical presence.  Our discussion the other day on the difficulties of interstellar travel left me pondering this, something that is … Continue reading

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