News Stories relating to "space"
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We know people can do it
, but can PLANTS do it? This is necessary to know if we want to eventually create living space environments, in which people can spend the many years it might take to travel to distant stars and planets.
Researchers have found that changes in...
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Ever heard a star scream? Astrophysicists have detected the oscillating signal that heralds the last gasps of a star being sucked up by a previously dormant supermassive black hole.
The "screams," scientifically known as "quasiperiodic oscillations," occurred steadily every 200 seconds, but occasionally...
Monday, July 9, 2012
A team of amateur astronomers have tracked down the X-37B spacecraft, launched on a 15-month clandestine mission by NASA in April ril from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This unmanned, reusable spacecraft has been developed by the US military. But why is it a secret? In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after 7 months in orbit....
Monday, June 4, 2012
The May 22nd SpaceX launch of its Dragon capsule atop its Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station
. This not only opens a new era in commercial spaceflight, it also raises new questions about...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.
Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
Monday, April 2, 2012
The most common type of star in the Milky Way is called a red dwarf--these are smaller, cooler, and longer-lived than our sun. There are 160 BILLION of them in our galaxy and 40% of them have Earth-like planets orbiting them at the right distance for liquid water to exist on their surfaces, a condition that is necessary for life.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Pentagon is planning to build a spacecraft that can travel outside our solar system on a hundred-year trip, reporting on what it finds along the way. Why would a financially-strapped military pursue such a project--are they searching for hostile ETs?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
That's how Anne Strieber
thinks the beings we call "The Visitors"
In New Scientist, Sandrine Ceurstemont explains how you would do it: "First, you free fall through the...
Friday, February 17, 2012
The military's covert agency
DARPA is working on a space-based spy telescope
that can hover in orbit to "take real-time images or live video of any spot on Earth." They want to launch satellites that can zoom in on...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
America's classified X-37B satellite, which went into orbit in March, 2011, is probably spying on
China's space station (NOTE: Subscribers
can still listen to this show), Tiangong-1, which was launched in...
Thursday, December 22, 2011
At the first Christmas
, three astrologers followed a star that shone so brightly, it looked like a diamond in the sky. A new study suggests that some stars in the Milky Way could harbor "carbon super-Earths...
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We may live in a holographic projection of another, flat version of life, being lived in a two-dimensional surface at the edge of this universe. Seeing our universe as a hologram could solve some of the biggest problems in quantum physics, such as "spooky action at a distance," also known as...
Monday, November 28, 2011
When we're looking for extraterrestrial life, other moons
may be our best bet. Among the most habitable alien worlds is Saturn's moon Titan.
In recent years, the search for potentially habitable planets outside our solar system has increased. NASA's...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
When our satellites search for other planets that might harbor life, they always search for water. But now, for the first time, astronomers have detected around a burgeoning solar system a sprawling cloud of water vapor that's cold enough to form comets, which could eventually deliver oceans to dry planets. And with oceans, life could spring up--...
Monday, November 14, 2011
Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation. Most of these galaxies are a hundred times less massive than the Milky Way, yet they churned out stars at a furious pace. However, it's a mystery...
Friday, October 7, 2011
After a drink or two
, having sex is a natural inclination. Will the lack of gravity be a problem? (It could lead to some interesting "positions"). A trip to even one of our closest stars would take decades and possibly even hundreds of years, spanning...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There may be alien life out there
, after all: Using the Harps telescope in Chile, a European observatory has announced "major" alien planet findings: 50 previously unknown "exoplanets" that could harbor life. These...
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Even if we delegate future space travel to private companies
, they will still need fuel in order to fly around, once they used conventional means to get off the earth. An unmanned space probe called the Pamela, launched 5 years ago, has detected a field of antimatter particles...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
There's so much trash
out there in space that it's getting in the way of astronaut operations. The solution? ZAP
it! The US military currently tracks about 20,000 items of space junk in low-...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
More exciting discoveries from the Kepler telescope: A planetary system of the kind never seen before, with two planets in the same orbit around their star. They circle their sun every 9.8 days, one of them ahead of the other. In the night sky of one of the planets, the other planet must seem like a...
Monday, February 28, 2011
How can something REALLY LARGE be hidden from sight? If it's an object in space, astronomers can know it's there from the reactions of other stars and planets, even if they can't see it. They have evidence that either GIANT brown dwarf ("cold") star or a HUGE gas giant planet is at the outermost reaches of our solar system, far beyond...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Just like this week's Dreamland
host psychic medium Marla Frees! Most of what we see in the sky at night is very old, since it takes the light from distant stars a long time to travel to us. This means that astronomers are used to looking millions of years into the past. Now scientists...
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The government may have inadvertently revealed a secret when the California director of a NASA center mentioned the "100 Year Starship," where astronauts leave the Earth to colonize another planet, but don't return because the destination is so far away that it would take too long to make a round trip. So why don't they just send robots...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The rocky road - If space travel is in our future, we need to learn how to identify and avoid the "rocks" in the "road." Somebody else seems to be doing it right now, so we should be able to as well. China is monitoring meteors as well.
New research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals that asteroids somewhat near...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Is the "many worlds" theory of parallel universes correct? Even cosmologist George Ellis, who came up with the theory, isn't sure that HE agrees with it!
The theory forms one of the bedrocks of quantum physics, and it also helps explain Dark Matter, which is one of the main questions CERN is seeking to answer. But the problem with the...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The sun pillar & cosmic dust - This week on Dreamland, we're talking about strange earth phonomena and what may be causing so many storms and earthquakes, but a few weeks ago on Dreamland, Whitley mentioned seeing a strange "pillar of light" on a walk along the bluff near the ocean. To see an example of this, click here,...
Friday, February 5, 2010
The equivalent of a bad motel on a trashy beach - Unless you learn how to time travel, if you take your next vacation in a spacecraft, your destination may be a rather barren-looking space rock, a place where you're not likely to make any exciting new friends.