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 officially secret for a few more days), a delicious moment of sheer … [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 successful satellite 50 years ago can now be found lying around the average … [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 Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples�water taken from … [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 annum? Well, not after I heard some great news, which sounds related and … [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 shuttle; technology for extracting fuel from the destination; and an airbag … [Read more...]