This is pretty spectacular footage, an amazing combination of profound human impact on the planet, and vast spaces with no detectable human impact.
The private spaceflight firm SpaceX will try to build the world’s first completely reusable rocket and spaceship, a space travel method that could open the gates of Mars for humanity, the company’s milionaire CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday.
Musk did not guarantee success, acknowledging the daunting task his SpaceX team has taken on. SpaceX released a video animation of its proposed reusable rocket and space capsule system to illustrate how it would work.
"We will see if this works," Musk said. "And if it does work, it’ll be pretty huge."
The hunt for an economic and reusable method for space travel has been a goal of many companies and government agencies from the Space Age’s inception.
NASA and LEGO Partnership Inspires Kids to Pursue Science and Engineering
NASA announced Tuesday the signing of a Space Act Agreement with The LEGO Group to conduct education and public outreach activities aimed at increasing participation in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
To commemorate the beginning of this partnership, the crew of space shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission will carry a small LEGO® shuttle when it launches Wednesday, Nov. 3, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The partnership marks the beginning of a three-year agreement that will use the inspiration of NASA’s space exploration missions and the appeal of the popular LEGO bricks to spur children’s interest in STEM. The theme of the partnership is “Building and Exploring Our Future.”
The LEGO Group will release four NASA inspired products in their LEGO CITY line next year. The space-themed products will vary in terms of complexity, engaging audiences from young children to adult LEGO fans. Each product release will contain NASA-inspired education materials.
Study rules out the believed source of dinosaur-killing asteroid
Using data from NASA’s WISE telescope, scientists suspect the Baptistina space rocks may not be responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.
The proponents of string theory seem to think they can provide a more elegant description of the Universe by adding additional dimensions. But some other theoreticians think they’ve found a way to view the Universe as having one less dimension. The work sprung out of a long argument with Stephen Hawking about the nature of black holes, which was eventually solved by the realization that the event horizon could act as a hologram, preserving information about the material that’s gotten sucked inside. The same sort of math, it turns out, can actually describe any point in the Universe, meaning that the entire content Universe can be viewed as a giant hologram, one that resides on the surface of whatever two-dimensional shape will enclose it.
That was the premise of panel at this summer’s World Science Festival, which described how the idea developed, how it might apply to the Universe as a whole, and how they were involved in its development.
The whole argument started when Stephen Hawking attempted to describe what happens to matter during its lifetime in a balck hole. He suggested that, from the perspective of quantum mechanics, the information about the quantum state of a particle that enters a black hole goes with it. This isn’t a problem until the black hole starts to boil away through what’s now called Hawking radiation, which creates a separate particle outside the event horizon while destroying one inside. This process ensures that the matter that escapes the black hole has no connection to the quantum state of the material that had gotten sucked in. As a result, information is destroyed. And that causes a problem, as the panel described.
What’s after the Space Shuttle?
Ahead of the final Space Shuttle launch tomorrow, here’s a look at the Space Shuttle program, in numbers and figures.
Fifty years ago, near the dawn of the space age, NASA controllers “lit the candle” and sent Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard arcing into space atop a Redstone rocket. His cramped space capsule was dubbed Freedom 7. Broadcast live to a global television audience, the historic Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Florida at 9:34 a.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 1961. The flight of Freedom 7 - the first space flight by an American - followed less than a month after the first human venture into space by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.