Brian Cox’s aliens are banned on BBC

An artist's conception of HD 40307 g, blanketed in thick brown clouds suspended in its dense atmosphere.

Earth and its humans are as common as dirt In this interval of blessed tranquillity between the titanic struggle to choose the next president of the “world’s greatest nation” (same guy as last time), and the world-shaking choice of the next leader of the “Middle Kingdom” (Xi Jinping, but it’s still … [Read more...]

Build your own Sputnik

And possibly your Sputnik will get a chance to be launched to space. Isn't this cool? BBC Magazine describes here 'How to build your own Sputnik' and promises that they'll investigate how to get your Sputniks launched. It seems incredible that the technology that went into building the first … [Read more...]

Raining Red Aliens in India

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis�s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens. In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space … [Read more...]

Ras Al Khaimah Spaceport

Few days ago, the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has announced the creation of RAK Airways, the UAE's fourth national carrier which will start operations by the end of 2006. I thought, what the heck? Four carriers in UAE, what do they need all that for? And RAK... how many traveler do they actually have an … [Read more...]

Moon-to-Mars Plans Emerge

NASA is set to unveil today details of its new space architecture for Moon-to-Mars trip. Last week SPACE.com and Space News reported that NASA will announce today plans to send four astronauts to Moon in 2018 and sending humans to Mars thereafter. On the list: A re-usable vehicle that's safer than the … [Read more...]

On this day!

On this day, last year, I said: Perseid Meteor Shower - This week, the skies above the Northern Hemisphere will be peppered with little bits of space debris that create the annual Perseid meteor shower. It could be the best display in several years, peaking Wednesday night and Thursday morning. … [Read more...]

China to send pig sperm to space

China is planning to study the effects of space on sperm, by sending the semen from pedigree pigs into orbit. Some 40 grams of pig sperm will be taken on board the Shenzhou VI spacecraft for its October launch. Some of the sperm will be kept outside the spacecraft's biological capsule and some inside, … [Read more...]

Russian sues Nasa for comet upset

Hours after a Nasa probe crashed into Comet Tempel 1, legal reverberations were felt in a Moscow court. A case which could see Nasa pay a local amateur astrologist millions of dollars in damages. Writer Marina Bay claims that by slamming the probe into the comet, Nasa endangered the future of … [Read more...]

Toutatis: Almost Too Close

No, no... this is not real. It's just simulation of asteroid impact if Kerry get elected. Vice President Dick Cheney echoed earlier remarks, warning the United States will risk direct impact by the asteroid Toutatis if voters make the wrong choice. IMO, the impact would be the same either (Bush/Kerry) get … [Read more...]

Monster Collision of Galaxies

ESA (European Space Agency) reports: An international team of scientists has observed a nearby head-on collision of two galaxy clusters that has smashed together thousands of galaxies and millions upon millions of stars. It is one of the most powerful events ever witnessed. Such collisions are second only to … [Read more...]

Robots Searching the Skies for Earth-Like Planet

Wired News reports that a British astronomers have just begun to operate RoboNet-1.0, a global network of the world's biggest robotic telescopes, controlled by intelligent software to effectively act as one giant eye that can be focused anywhere in the sky within a minute. They developed the network to … [Read more...]

Flying Triangles

There's a strange article on space.com right now about the continued sightings of Flying Triangle UFOs. A man familiar with the sightings says the sightings of the triangles are akin to those of the then-secret stealth fighter and bomber back in the 80s: But it does not appear to be consistent with the … [Read more...]

Perseid Meteor Shower

This week, the skies above the Northern Hemisphere will be peppered with little bits of space debris that create the annual Perseid meteor shower. It could be the best display in several years, peaking Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Here are 10 cool facts you can use to impress friends and family … [Read more...]

Interplanetary Laser Communication

MIT-NASA team to test first interplanetary laser communication link. A NASA?MIT Lincoln Laboratory team will forge the first laser communication link between Mars and Earth. This unique experiment, part of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, will greatly benefit the transmission of data from robotic … [Read more...]

Mission to Mercury Has Liftoff

We Have Liftoff! MESSENGER is away! The spacecraft was launched from Launch Pad 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT aboard a three-stage Boeing Delta II rocket. the first spacecraft in 30 years to head to the sun's closest planet. The probe, named Messenger, rocketed away in … [Read more...]

Space Technology Aids Life on Earth

Earthly spin-offs of technology developed for space travel has long been a bonus for nations launching humans and machines into orbit. Two new machines developed with the help of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have found their way into hospitals on Earth, where physicians have put them to use … [Read more...]

Blue Moon

The month of July 2004 has two full moons, which means one of them is a Blue Moon. But will it really be blue? Believe it or not, scientists say blue-colored moons are real. When you hear someone say "Once in a Blue Moon…" you know what they mean: Rare. Seldom. Maybe even absurd. After all, when was … [Read more...]

The Sun

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On June 21, the Sun reached its northernmost point in planet Earth's sky, marking a season change and the first solstice of the year 2004. In celebration, consider this delightfully detailed, brightly colored image of the active Sun. From the EIT instrument onboard the space-based SOHO observatory, this … [Read more...]

Private Space Travel?

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Dreamers Hope a Catalyst Will Rise From the Mojave Desert. One week from today, from a runway in a barren reach of the Mojave Desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Burt Rutan will try sending a pilot higher than anyone has ever flown in a private plane. A longtime designer of innovative aircraft, … [Read more...]

The Sound of Big Bang!

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Universe started with hiss, not bang. The Universe began not with a bang but with a low moan, building into a roar that gave way to a deafening hiss. And those sounds gave birth to the first stars. Cosmologists do not usually think in terms of sound, but this aural picture is a good way to think about … [Read more...]

More Signs Of Water On Ancient Mars

Opportunity rover finds further evidence of wet martian past. NASA's Mars lander Opportunity has found minerals and rock formations that help to prove that the planet was once very wet. "Liquid water once drenched the surface of Meridiani Planum," says Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for … [Read more...]

Major Sun Flare Today

Sun Kicks Up Biggest Storm in Years. The Sun today unleashed what appears to be the third most powerful flare in recorded history, a storm of charged particles that could hit Earth mid-day Wednesday with more effect than any since 1989, when an entire Canadian province had its power knocked out. … [Read more...]

Los Alamos Wants To Build A Space Elevator

Going Up, WAY Up Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are proposing an elevator reaching 62,000 miles into the sky to launch payloads into space more cheaply than the shuttle can. "The first country that owns the space elevator will own space," said lab scientist Bryan Laubscher. "I believe that, … [Read more...]