Well, the intriguing possibilities affecting the likelihood of a mysterious companion in our Solar System continue to blossom. First, the actions of comets suggested that there may be a large “Planet X” named Tyche beyond the Oort Cloud. Then, we discovered planets around distant stars with highly elliptical, highly inclined orbits, giving us more potential […]
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Definition of mixed emotions: Reading an ambitious plan recently released by the Shimizu Corporation of Japan that effectively wields fear of radiation to incentivize lunar colonization for solar power generation. Wow. While I abhor anything that preys upon the irrational fear of nuclear energy, I’m all for the use of solar power. (I’d like to make the ironic […]
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There are many astronauts experiences that are well understood. Everyone knows about “weightlessness,” or floating in a microgravity environment, (which is actually perpetual free-fall around the Earth, but that’s a technicality for another post.) Everyone has heard about the problem of space sickness that hits some astronauts and not others. Disruptions in our sense […]
Read More Space radiation has Astronauts seeing stars
A short note this morning on humanity in the cosmos. In the above image, an outstanding French photographer managed to capture what otherwise would have whipped by in the blink of an eye. For an instant on May 22nd, the International Space Station (ISS) and the docked Atlantis orbiter (space shuttle) moved between Earth and […]
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