With this post, I come back to astrophysics for a moment and will discuss stratospheric balloon experiments allowing for the observation of the universe. Yep, scientific experiments can also been handled with balloons. Not the birthday party version of the balloon, but the huge super-large one of course.
In particular, I will talk about the Pilot project which I have learned about by reading one of the recent CNRS news bulletin.
The news was about the last mission of the Pilot gondola, an instrument carried by a huge balloon of 170 meters of diameter.
This balloon recently carried out its second flight, where it has been allowed to observe, during more than 30 hours, the Australian sky. Or more precisely the Universe of th
The story of the origin of life is as mysterious as ever. Even after countless studies and research, we still have no clue as to exactly how life came to be and when.
Every time we seem to inch closer to the truth, there is a new finding that makes us rethink things. I wonder if the evidence that we are looking for is even there considering the violent past of our planet which may have obliterated it.
For now, all we have are theories and there is no general consensus among scientists to how life began on Earth. One such theory, which to be fair sounds outlandish but is completely plausible is that life on Earth could have come from Mars.
The red planet is a dead planet right now with an atmosphere that is only 1% of Earth’s and water that exists only in the form of frozen ice
Last night @corinnestokes saw a friend post on Facebook about this amazing museum in Huntsville, Alabama which is less than 2 hours away. Of course, I responded with,
You want to go tomorrow?
So here's what we did today on Sunday, June 25th. We had a blast!
When we first showed up, I didn't even realize this is where Space Camp happens! Campers were lining up for that week.
It began with promise, fizzled out a little with a lot of exploded rockets and now can seem to do no wrong... except ruin Mark Zuckerberg's plans for facebook.
This one was flown in January and was being reflown to launch a payload to a very high orbit, therefore it would have to land on the sea barge, since there is not enough fuel left to reverse the rocket back to land.
extra toasty in Elon Musk's words because of the higher orbit and therefore a more forceful re-entry. It was also a more complicated, three burn reentry, ending in the sea barge landing.
As can be seen below, the landing only just stuck,
I feel like the beach is a perfect setting to think about cosmic stuff. Perhaps in part because I've been reading Neil deGrasse Tyson's
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry but also because I'm taking a vacation where fields of sand stretch into a seemingly endless and watery abyss...
Generally, I'm not very good at taking vacations. I don't tan well, but I do enjoy sitting back with a drink and watching the tides get yanked around. Surrounded by billions of individual sand particles I'm reminded of a quote by astronomer Carl Sagan...
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. I mean, what better place to appreciate that quote than the beach? (Yikes, this guy is a real upper.)
When I was younger I used to troll the shoreline looking for treasu
Non-conventional dark matter scenarios are being worked out regularly. Many physicists like the dark matter idea, but many physicists also like to think a lot about novel ideas.
Alternative dark matter scenarios, potentially explaining why no dark matter has been directly observed yet, are hence proposed regularly.
I will focus today on one of such scenarios, that feature specific dark matter particles that undergo processes from which they get their name ‘elder’.
They are moreover at the same time cannibals.
These ideas have received some attention recently, and I like the reading of the corresponding articles. As a result, a new blog post :)
I know I have already said it many many times, but repetition is good. I will quickly detail here what is ex
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Beam Me Up - (HD) - Scenes from the 80s - (1987)
Inventor John St. Clair peaked my interest when I saw his patent on the Triangular Spacecraft: https://www.google.com/patents/US20060145019, which resembled the mysterious TR - 3B to a T in my last post: https://steemit.com/technology/@scubasteve/the-tr-3b-proof-of-its-existence-via-patent
Let me show you some more interesting exotic patents by this mysterious inventor John St. Clair:
Full body teleportation system
Hyperspace energy generator
Many scientists believe the moon was formed after a planet the size of Mars hit the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, and the moon formed its remains. But a new theory suggests that the planet has hit the ground and gone on its way.
After hundreds of thousands of computer simulations, scientists found that the planet's collision with Earth was so intense that the debris temperature was 10,000 degrees Celsius, and the moon was likely to form later on.
The picture from Pexels.
Finland's first student satellite project and indigenously-produced satellite. It is flying beatifully and sending nice beeps and bleeps to sleep to.
Author: [Aalto-1 / Aalto University, Cropped by Markus Säynevirta](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aalto-1,_flight_model_(2)crop.jpg)_
The Aalto-1 project began in 2010 with a feasibility study, which was conducted as part of a university course on space technology. I was due the launch 2013 (If I recall correctly) but was delayed to 2017. The satellite was finally launched 23rd of June 2017 @ 6.59 AM (UTC +3) from Satish Dhawan Space Center, India.
Watch the flight here:
I love how science always proves everything we believe we know is completely incorrect.
Scientists believe there MIGHT be a tenth planet hiding behind Neptune. Said to be 'Mars-like' and on the outskirts of our solar system. To be more accurate they are calling it a 'mass'. Which makes it creepier huh?
I mean finding a tenth planet isn't THAT serious but it's still pretty nutty and creepy and amazing that it took this long to notice it. Look I am just a nobody with no scientific background. All I am saying is that those telescopes are pretty fancy and expensive. Isn't that amazing how we may have randomly found a planet that has pretty much just been unseen? Fascinating.
I think the possibility of finding a 10th planet is straight up amazing. I can't wait to hear more about this.
I just read about this. I am a casual science fan of all things interesting trippy, or important.
WASHINGTON — A House Armed Services Committee subpanel plans to create a new “Space Corps” within the U.S. Air Force so the military can better answer threats in space.
There is currently a push in the corridors of Washington DC to establish a new branch of the army by 2019, with a focus on operations between stars. The legislation proposed by the representatives of the House would create a
Space Corps which would serve
as a separate military service within the Air Force Ministry.
There is a bipartisan recognition that the strategic benefits that we derive from our national security systems are being eroded, Rogers and Cooper said in a statement.
"We are convinced that the Ministry of Defense is unable to take the necessary measures to address these challenges effectively and decisively and even to recognize the nature an
From The Verge
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing broadband internet via satellite since 2000, when it acquired the satellite spectrum formerly owned by SkyBridge.
OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband. The company’s goal has far-reaching implications, and would provide internet to rural and hard-to-reach areas that currently have little access to internet connectivity. Additionally, OneWeb has a targets of “connecting every unconnected school” by 2022, and “bridging the digital divide” by 2027.
If you've heard anything about human colonization of other celestial bodies, chances are they were one of the following: a base on the moon, terraforming Mars, and a liquid ocean in Europa. In my opinion, the solution lies somewhere else: on Titan.
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, and the only moon in the solar System System that is known to have an atmosphere. Here are the reasons why I believe humanity should colonize Titan.
1) Radiation - Titan has a vary thick atmosphere, roughly 1.5 thicker than Earth's. This means that the atmosphere could stop a lot of cosmic radiation from ever reaching the surface and making it habitable.
2) Atmosphere - Titan's atmosphere is thick enough that you could theoretically stand in it without a pressure suit and not be crushed or rapidly expanded. To walk on the surface, you wouldn't need pressure suit, only an
I have a solo exhibit coming up in September that I've been preparing for over a year now. Sharing this series with my friends and family on FB and Instagram doesn't help the attendance of the opening reception, and the opportunity to reveal in person what I've been working on is very exciting. I would, however, love some feedback! Whether or not you're an artist or a computer scientist, your opinion matters to me!
You may have seen one of these paintings in my introduceyourself post.
I'm using images from the Hubble telescope, slicing them up, and adjusting the reference in PhotoShop until I reach a desirable effect that looks fun to paint. The thing about creating for a gallery show like this is that it's completely o
It was a pretty impressive weekend for SpaceX which has been operational for nearly 10 years since inception. Being a huge space enthusiast it's great to see the increased efficiency and now the second time with a reused rocket booster - which is still awesome to think about!
If you missed the launch/landing