Centauri Dreams looks at the question of whether our civilization would be detectable from another star, assuming a level of technology not much higher than our own. The upcoming Square Kilometer Array may help make detecting other civilizations more likely, but will it be as powerful as some proponents suggest?
When NASA had a bottomless budget, nerves of steel, and surplus Apollo hardware, Venus became a popular target. In 1967, the space agency entertained the possibility of sending men on a Venus orbital mission.
Nextbigfuture – Spacex has a Falcon 9 v1.1 is an upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket with more powerful Merlin 1D engines and lengthened propellant tanks. It will be able to deliver over 50% more cargo. It will also be the core for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, a colossal booster formed from three first stages strapped together. Falcon Heavy’s first test launch is expected as soon as mid-2013.