Is it problematic for billionaires to invest in space travel and space technology? Is it a means for escape from a troubled planet?
An astrophysics team at the University of Oklahoma say that they have discovered a population of planets beyond our Milky Way galaxy. They were discovered through the use of microlensing, which allowed the researchers to detect exoplanets that are at great distance from the Earth. The researchers were able to detect objects near quasar RXJ-1131-1231, in an extragalactic galaxy, that range…Read More
WASHINGTON — Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet? Does mineral dust warm or cool the atmosphere? NASA has selected two new, creative research proposals to develop small, space-based instruments that will tackle these fundamental questions about our home planet and its environment. The Polar Radiant Energy in the Far Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE) will fly a…Read More
Recently, both NASA and NOAA have come out with separate reports regarding 2017’s record-setting warmth. Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according…Read More
NASA reported on October 26, 2017 that astronomers have been watching a small body that could be an asteroid, or perhaps a comet, apparently from beyond our solar system, from somewhere in interstellar space. If that is indeed the case, it would be the first interstellar asteroid or comet to be observed and confirmed. The object is currently designated A 2017…Read More
Binary asteroid – two asteroids orbiting each other – with comet-like features.Read More
NASA Jan 3, 2017 Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed upcoming spacewalk activity associated with the replacement of batteries on the station’s truss and other aspects of life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews Jan. 3 with the Associated Press and the…Read More