What would a warp-drive ship actually look like?
Artist Mark Rademaker has unveiled a set of concept images
imagining what a faster than light spaceship would really look like based on theoretical done by Harold White and NASA
on an Alcubierre Drive
. Video lecture
Tonight at 7pm
PDT, after years in development, SpaceX will reveal a new manned version of the Dragon spacecraft
. Elon Musk said
that Dragon 2 will look like "a real alien spaceship", leading to speculation what it will looks like, including this artists interpretation
at ExtremeTech. According to Musk
, Dragon 2 will have larger windows for astronauts to see outside, and "landing legs that pop out of the bottom" and "side-mounted thruster pods" to allow for propulsive landings on land.
London's first pay-per-minute café
) costs 3 pence (5 cents) per minute to be there. Part of a chain from Russia
. A Moscow cafe
One week ago, anonymous engineer "BTE Dan" put up a website called Build the Enterprise
. He envisions a $1 trillion spaceship modeled on the USS Enterprise. There are highly detailed plans for constructing and funding it. It quickly spread all over the news to GizMag
and other places
. The BTE website is slow to load, while waiting why not Build the Starship Enterprise from useless office supplies
Space-based Solar Power
beamed down to earth sounds pretty far out, but the technology is further along than many suppose, the sun never sets in space, and space is a Saudi Arabia of unlimited energy for the nation with the technology to harness it. PG&E (California) in conjunction with SolarEn
a 200MW space solar project to be up by 2016.
A perfect space storm
, which happens about every century, like the one that occurred in 1859
, could cause "catastrophic social and economic disruptions", according to a new study by the National Academy of Sciences
on behalf of NASA. "Potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on," the report states. Outages could take months to fix, the researchers say. Banks might close, and trade with other countries might halt. The next peak in solar activity is expected around 2012.
over at Internet Archive just announced
they are working with NASA to make available the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA's vast collection of photographs, historic film and video at nasaimages.org
. It combines for the first time 21 major NASA imagery collections into a single, searchable online resource.
has an interesting article
about the high probability of "space rocks" hitting the earth, possibly as high as a 1 in 10 chance of a major catastrophe each century. Not a new theme, but the article has some new developments suggesting it is more common than once thought. Includes a 10 minute video.
with 36-yo entrepreneur Elon Musk
and Tesla Motors
(22min, video or audio, Jan 3 2007).
planet-hunting probe "Corot"
, the first spacecraft able to detect rocky planets down to about twice Earth's size. Its 2.5 year mission will be to seek out new planets from a field of about 200,000 nearby stars.
The most accurate navigation in history
. "We had to know everything from how the iron molten lava in the center of the Earth was churning to how plate tectonic movements were affecting the wobble of the Earth to how the plasma in the atmosphere delayed the radio signals to and from the Deep Space Network stations". ..even the seemingly insignificant solar radiation pressure and thermal radiation forces acting on the spacecraft to a level equal to less than a billionth of the acceleration of gravity one feels on the Earth needed to be taken into account. This mission set a new standard for navigation accuracy for all future interplanetary missions.
NASA thinks we can find another Earth
in another nearby star. When we do, how can we possibly travel light-years to get there? It might not be as hard as you'd think . . .
The European Space Agency's Mars Express
blasted off from Russia's Baikonur
base today carrying the British-built Beagle 2
space probe atop a modified version of Russia's Soyuz rocket
(a modified ICBM) tasked with finding water and life on Mars. Will it overcome the curse of Mars? Of 30 missions
to Mars, 8 have gone as planed, a %74 Martian mission failure rate.
Humans Doomed Without Space Colonies.
The human race is likely to be wiped out by a doomsday virus before this millennium is out unless it starts to colonize space, top British scientist Stephen Hawking warned on Tuesday.
First Evidence of life coming from space.
One third a ton a day raining down, according to these researchers.