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NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Program And Streams Live Teleconference

As NASA promises to extend the science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope for an additional five years, tomorrow, they plan to not only provide a live stream of a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT but will follow it up with a live media teleconference at 11 a.m. to discuss their initial assessment of the previous tests. NASA just confirmed a contract extension of $2.03 billion dollars, to cover the work necessary to continue the science program of the Hubble mission by the Space Telescope Science Institute until June 30th 2021. Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data...

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Scientists Now Show That Asteroids Carried Water To The Moon

Scientists have now proven that the water that was deposited on the moon came for asteroids, and not comets, as previously thought. Our moon was once thought to be completely devoid of water, as the Apollo missions failed to find any concrete evidence of water in lunar soil samples. Since then, spectrographic tests from India’s first expedition to the moon determined that lunar soil from within shadowy craters and polar regions contained molecules that could only be due to the presence of water. Now, a study published in Nature Communications, conducted by an international team of scientists, who analyzed data taken from...

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Big News To Be Officially Announced In September By Elon Musk

Although many details still remain shrouded in mystery, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has hinted that he will conducting a series of missions starting in 2018,  leading up to the first crewed mission to the Mars by 2024. In an on-stage interview at the Code Conference, Musk confirmed that he would announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The basic game plan is that we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said. “The launches will...

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Mars Is Getting Closer By The Year

The US Federal Aviation Administration has just announced that they are in the process of reviewing an application to have an MX-1 lander launch to the Moon next year, land and conduct a series of analyses that will help pave the way to Mars. Moon Express, a California-based space company, hopes to launch by 2017 via a Los Angeles-based company Rocket Lab’s brand new Electron rocket, using the MX-1 lander which is powered by sunlight and hydrogen peroxide rocket fuel to explore the surface of the Moon over a two-week period in 2017. Moon Express co-founder Bob Richards says, “the coffee table-sized...

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 27th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio The Humans To Mars Summit Makes Plans For 2030 During a three-day symposium, researchers and scientists discussed the very real possibility of getting humans to Mars by 2030 and are now outlining what we should do once we arrive. The Humans to Mars summit brought together planetary scientists , space enthusiasts and  representatives from both NASA and the aerospace industry to talk about the challenges facing a  crewed mission to Mars and rough ideas for how to get there. Source: ScienceNews Mars Approaches This Monday, May 30th, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth...

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 26th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio 1670 Painting Reveals Proof Of Time Travel? Apple CEO Tim Cook has sparked major controversy this week during Amsterdam’s Start-Up Fest Europe, when he claims a 1670 painting shows proof of time travel as the portrait seems to show a man holding an iPhone. Cook was referring to the painting of “Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House,” by Pieter de Hooch and says “It’s tough to see but I swear it’s there!” Source: Inquisitr NASA Fights Back In a follow-up to a story I brought you last...

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Frozen Planets May Get Second Chance At Life

  Astronomers now believe that currently frozen planets may become habitable once our sun dies. A team from Cornell University in New York are suggesting that as our sun swells hundreds of times in size, they could warm up frozen planets and provide suitable conditions for life. According to Lisa Kaltenegger and her team, when our Sun starts to swell up into a red giant, the ‘goldilocks’ zone of our Solar System will shift from around Earth’s orbit to include the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn instead. Team member Ramses M. Ramirez explained “When a star ages and brightens, the...

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The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Calls For Jupiter Watchers

  A researcher with the French Astronomical Society has organized a group of amateur astronomers from all over the world, to watch for and report fireballs caused by meteors crashing into Jupiter. Sky-gazers from Australia, Europe, Japan, the United States and elsewhere have identified four  Jupiter fireball impacts since June 2010 so Marc Delcroix created the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, a collaborative research program sponsored by the European Union. His goal is to integrate and support planetary science activities throughout Europe. “Dramatic impacts with Jupiter can be captured with standard amateur equipment and analyzed with easy-to-use software,” Delcroix explained. “But...

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Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results

  Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and came to the mathematical likelihood that the chances of humans on Earth being the only intelligent life in the universe is ten-billion-trillion to one. Researchers Adam Frank of the University of Rochester and Woodruff Sullivan the University of  Washington both respectively found that if you change the wording of the equation to ask if wither we “have been” the only intelligent life in the universe rather than “are we” the only intelligent life you get the astronomical answer that no, we could not have been the only ones ever. As Frank...

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Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life

  Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent  beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Despite Mars being most commonly associated with the exploration of extraterrestrial life, research shows the conditions would be extremely dry away from its polar caps, with the exception of ice trapped beneath its surface. A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa, and researchers suggest the salty oceans could harbor enough chemical energy to give rise to lifeforms. Steve Vance from the Jet Propulsion...

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 19th, 2016

Tonight on “Dark Thirty” Radio Show   Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent  beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa while Titan is covered in massive pools of hydrocarbons. Regardless, both Europa and Titan present wonderful possibilities for finding new lifeforms Source: Tech Times   Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and...

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Humans, Not Robots, Will Discover Life on Mars

NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said the only way to find evidence of life on Mars is to send real astronauts rather than robots and she aims to do just that by 2040. “We’re not looking for skeletons; we’re looking for fossil microbes if life on Mars did indeed go extinct.  And those are going to be hard to find,” she said. Being a geologist herself, Stofan points out that field geologists here on Earth can study rocks rich in fossil microbes but never see the tiny structures.  Therefore, she thinks robots won’t be able to do the job by...