Just finished watching MARS series produced by National Geographic channel.
Great series that had me forget that I was watching what is (so far) fiction. It was also a lot more story based than I was expecting, but the human stories helped create the Mars world. The mix of realistic action and the the interviews really made me forget I was watching something non-factual in places – despite the miles of wasteful corridors of the Mars base, it was more corridor than habitat in places!
Image: Mars Endeavour Crater captured by NASA Opportunity rover
Using images of Earth taken from space across the last 45 years and stunning time-lapse sequences, astronauts reveal how humanity is transforming the world – for better and worse
Very interesting programme on Channel 4 about our planet and the changes going on to the environment. Amazing timelapse photography sequences, unfortunately very clearly showing the changes for the worst, as captured from space.
via Man Made Planet: Earth from Space – All 4
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken an image of the Earth, through the rings of Saturn. I don’t think I really need to say anything more.
via The Earth from Saturn — …and Then There’s Physics
Cassini scientists announce that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and Hubble researchers report additional evidence of plumes erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa.
“This is the closest we’ve come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington.
via NASA Missions Provide New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ | NASA
BBC Stargazing Live has come back and this time they are in Australia checking out the Southern Sky for stars. Its a great show, highly recommended viewing.
BBC Stargazing and Zooniverse a citizen science platform, have launched a search for ‘Planet 9’. Its really simple to join in. You may discover the predicted planet and as co-discoverer get to name it too!
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.
So excited when I heard the announcement. Hopefully they hit all the deadlines and get the trip underway as soon as. Can’t wait!
via SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX
Seems like they may be a little way off for a little longer still, sadly…
…based on the assumption that launch costs would one day drop to about $70 per pound, thanks to the advent of reusable launch vehicles and improved rocket fuels. Today, it still costs at least $9,000 per pound of stuff launched into space.
THE NEVER-ENDING QUEST TO BUILD A HOTEL IN SPACE