Carnival of Space 479

The Carnival of Space 479 is up at Urban Astronomer

Universe Today – President Obama Puts US All In For Mars

In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama has made a bold statement in favor of the US getting to Mars. Obama didn’t mince any words in his opinion piece written for CNN. He said that America’s next goal in space is “…sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.”

Nextbigfuture – Possible extraterrestrial signals in 234 out of 2.5 million stars detected light emissions could be laser beacons

Nextbigfuture – Breakthrough listen will check the possible laser beacon signals using Automated Planet finder telescope

Nextbigfuture – Observable universe has ten times more galaxies than prior estimate, new estimate 2 trillion galaxies

Nextbigfuture – Universe has about 2 trillion trillion (2 Septillion) stars based on estimate of galaxies and stars in galaxies and stars outside of galaxies

Nextbigfuture – Virgin galactic Branson aims for point to point hypersonic suborbital travel