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Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space

I have to say that I had no idea this was still being debated: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space. In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further … Continue reading

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NASA approves Space Launch System. This is good, despite the problems.

We seem to be getting closer to deep space missions: NASA approves Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever, for deep-space travel. NASA gave the go-ahead to start full production on the most powerful rocket ever. The rocket, known as … Continue reading

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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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Quantum computing 101with D-Wave’s Vern Brownell

I found this to be an interesting primer on quantum computing.  One take away for me is that quantum processors will be useful for specific purposes, not necessarily as general purpose devices.  This implies to me that we might someday have … Continue reading

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New NASA images highlight U.S. air quality improvement

As something of a balance against the environmental issues we’ve been discussing, here is an encouraging sign of progress: New NASA images highlight U.S. air quality improvement — ScienceDaily. Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have … Continue reading

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Find alien civilizations by their pollution?

There’s been speculation that advanced telescopes may be able to find hallmarks of alien life by looking for oxygen in the spectrum of light reflected off of exoplanets, but this article suggests using the James Web Space Telescope to look … Continue reading

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Did a cosmic fluke make life on land possible?

When pondering how likely life is to develop on other worlds, or what types of life might develop, we always have to always bear in mind that we currently only have one example to work with.  And that example has … Continue reading

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This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise – The Washington Post

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.” And now, to boldly go where … Continue reading

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NASA – The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation

This NASA document has been around for a while, but it remains relevant.  If you’re going to engage in space travel, you have some unyielding scientific and engineering realities to contend with.  This article is a bit dry, but it’s … Continue reading

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Lava, not water, formed canyons on Mars

Every so often we get a reminder that all scientific conclusions are provisional. The canyon-like scars which line Mars’ crust are seen by many as evidence for liquid water. But a study now suggests that a different kind of fluid … Continue reading

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