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Two Planets,Same Orbit

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...
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Does Nirubu Exist?

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...
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Astronomers Can See the Future

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...
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The Secret is Out

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...
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Space Travel

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...

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Many Worlds

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...

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Mysteries of Space

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,...

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Where to Go for a Cheap Vacation in Space

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.

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It's COLD Up There!

But that's not why we're not returning to the moon - Obama cancelled the moon landing program because it's too expensive, so even if there is life and water on the moon, we won't be flying up there to do some moon mining any time soon. Another problem is that the moon contains the coldest place in the solar system! If we did go...

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Why We May Never Make It to Mars

Take a vacation on Mars in the future? Forget it: scientists tell us there is too much radiation, even if your spacecraft is shielded. Alas, we need to learn much more before we're ready to travel into space.

NASA has been discussing going to one of the moons of Mars and going to the planet itself from there. In New Scientist, David...

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No Gas Stations in Space

Sending craft out from the earth to explore space is an expensive proposition, and one of the most expensive parts of it is the rocket fuel needed to escape gravity. If we could set up a space station on the moon or on another planet (such as Mars) it would be much easier to escape gravity. It would be especially cost effective if we could...

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Space Traffic

...and pee problems in space - Outer space is a busy thoroughfare of satellites operated by many nations. Earth orbits are crowded with active spacecraft, as well as dead or dying satellites. We're even littering there! There is also the problem of?peeing in space (and they have much more important things to concern them up...

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The Next Step

The next step in space? A manned, reusable Russian-European space ship!

Both ESA (European Space Agency) and Russian technology will be used. This ship was originally designed by the Russians to transport 4 people to the moon. It can make a soft landing on any planet, meaning it can be reused. In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes Anatoly Zak...

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Traffic Jams...in Space

A lot of it will be tourist traffic - There will soon be so much traffic in space?much of from tourists?that traffic jams are expected. Some people want to set up some traffic laws NOW, before it's too late.

Work is progressing on a Code of Conduct for Space, and just like on highways here on earth, one rule should be:...

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Take a Vacation...in Space

Your next car could come from India and your next vacation could bein space. Futurists predict that outer space will become "the" getaway of this century, and could begin showing up in travel guides by 2010.

Researcher Fred DeMicco says, "In the twenty-first century, space tourism could represent the most significant development...

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Space Tours

We may soon be able to take a vacation in space. But why take a plane, when we may eventually be able to take an elevator?

Virgin Atlantic has designed a plane that will eventually take passengers into space, starting in 2010. BBC News quotes CEO Richard Branson as saying, "I think it's very important that we make a genuine commercial...

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Space Trash

Not only is China polluting the earth, now it's throwing trash into space as well.

A year ago, China intentionally destroyed its own aging weather spacecraft with an anti-satellite (ASAT) device, creating in the process a lingering cloud of dangerous space junk?the largest amount of orbital debris in five decades of worldwide space...

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What Was the Christmas Star?

According to the Bible, when Jesus was born three Magi saw a star in the East that signaled the birth of a new king. But just what was it, from an astronomical point or view, that the Magi actually saw? Astronomer Fred Grosse says there are several popular theories that may answer this question. According to him, "Astronomical objects or events...

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Will Space Travel Destroy the Universe?

Some scientists think that our ability to study the universe with space craft and telescopes might actually be destroying it. It's all part of quantum physics. It's also surfer wisdom.

In the November 21st edition of the Telegraph, Roger Highfield explains that our ability to measure the universe may actually shorten its life, because...

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Search for Purple Planets

Before the evolution of photosynthesis, which produces chlorophyll, the first life on earth might have been purple, rather than the green that dominates today. The world is so very green because chlorophyll in plants absorbs red and blue wavelengths and reflects green ones. Before this, red and blue, which combine to form purple, may have...

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Mysterious Hexagon in Space

A mysterious hexagon-shaped image can be seen in space, floating above the storms that swirl around the north pole on Saturn. Astronomers want to know what it is.

In New Scientist, Maggie Mckee reports that astronomers have long known about the "hurricane-like vortex" that "swirls on Saturn's south pole." Mckee reports that, "A deep,...

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Elevator in Space

We've talked about space elevators, or cable cars, in the past. But they may only be able to be used by robots, because of the radiation surrounding the earth.

Kelly Young writes in New Scientist that space elevators could be a cheap way to get cargo and possibly people into space one day. This could be especially important if we...

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Space Affects Earth Weather

NASA says that the weather here on Earth has a surprising connection to space weather in the ionosphere, which is the electrically-charged upper atmosphere. As if emissions from greenhouse gases here on earth weren?t bad enough, satellites have discovered that Researchers discovered that tides of air generated by thunderstorm activity over...

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Dark Matter is Everywhere

But what is it? - Astronomers tell us that the mysterious substance called dark matter is the main substance in the universe?but we just can?t find it. It's the same sort of thing that quantum physicists say about parallel universes or "brane worlds" (worlds that contain a different number of dimensions from ours). Astronomers...

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Spaceship Slime Mold

One of the strangest plants on the planet Earth is called "slime mold," a single-celled plant which normally lives on the moist forest floor that when under stress, builds a kind of "space ship" which it then launches away from the danger. We human beings may eventually have to do the same thing.

Usually the cells of Dictyostelium...

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Are We Alone in the Universe?

Now that we know that astronauts have seen UFOs, how is SETI, the organization that is SUPPOSED to be trying to contact alien life, doing?

There's actually good news: the steady discovery of giant planets orbiting stars other than our sun has heightened speculation that there could be Earth-type worlds in nearby planetary systems capable...

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More Space Tourism

Taking a vacation in space is an idea that just won't go away. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, has branched out into selling a great many things other than books. Now he has plans to develop commercial spacecraft that will launch into orbit from a spaceport in the little town of Van Horn in West Texas.

Andrew Buncombe writes in...

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Space Tourists

It's vacation time for most of us, but a select few will be taking their vacations in SPACE. These trips will begin as early as 2 years from now.

Space.com reports that designer Philippe Starck and actors Victoria Principal and Bryan Singer have booked their flights aboard the new Virgin Airlines Virgin Galactic craft. They will join 200...

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Fuzzy Bubbles

Astronomers have discovered that we live in a kind of seltzer water. All around the earth, bubbles of superhot gas constantly grow larger and then pop. These are particles flowing from the sun that get caught up in the earth's magnetic field.

The bubbles were first discovered in data collected by four spacecraft sent out by the European...

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What are Cosmic Rays?

Cosmic rays, the highest-energy particles in the universe, are being sent to earth from someplace beyond our galaxy and no one can figure out where they're coming from.

Ronald Kotulak reports in the Chicago Tribune that an international group of astronomers, including scientists from Fermilab and the University of Chicago, are trying to...

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