Carnival of Space 569

The Carnival of Space 569 is up at Urban Astronomer.

Planetaria – Enceladus’ water plumes contain life clues

New analysis shows that the plumes also contain much more complex organics. This doesn’t mean evidence of life itself – yet – but it more clearly shows that Enceladus’ ocean meets all the requirements for life to exist.

This does not mean that life has been discovered on Enceladus. But it does mean that the conditions for life may exist there, in the moon’s subsurface ocean.

The Hill – Deterring World War III with Trump’s Space Force

Morgan Stanley suggests that the creation of a Space Force will enable a trillion-dollar economy beyond the Earth. The theory is that a new, space-faring branch of the military will increase spending on crucial technologies. However, the analysis seems to miss one salient point. A powerful Space Force would keep the peace in the heavens, thus ensuring that its commercial development will continue unimpeded by war.

Nextbigfuture – Elon Musk SpaceX BFR and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin are targeting fully reusable rockets.

The reusable rocket age should have started in the 1980s. However, cost-plus contracts and political bureaucracy split manufacturing of the space shuttle into 50 states. The plan was for space shuttle flights to happen once a week and for the cost to be $5 million instead of the $1+ billion that they did cost.

There has been a 40-year delay to the fully reusable rocket age.

Elon and Jeff are aware of the history of commercial air travel as bigger and more efficient planes developed from the 1920s to today.

Elon with the BFR will be leaping the reusable rocket age to the equivalent of the 1950s or 1960s in commercial aviation. The BFR could bring the cost per launch down to $5 million.

Nextbigfuture – Gateway Foundation Spaceport envisions large scale space construction

3 thoughts on “Carnival of Space 569”

  1. Yep. The existence of a Space Force will be a strong deterrent of war in the future, by keeping the military superiority in the hands of a trading & democratic, rather than conquering & despotic, power. Yeah, all the USA haters of the world will whine that the USA is far from a peaceful trading power, without taking into account that such military might, is precisely what allows the existence of several of their comfortable, surrendering, peacenik 1st world countries. If they want to allow their countries to be surrendered without a fight, it is their prerogative. The USA will simply try to do its best to ensure there is a free world left for them to rejoin, if they so choose one day.

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  2. Yep. The existence of a Space Force will be a strong deterrent of war in the future by keeping the military superiority in the hands of a trading & democratic rather than conquering & despotic power.Yeah all the USA haters of the world will whine that the USA is far from a peaceful trading power without taking into account that such military might is precisely what allows the existence of several of their comfortable surrendering peacenik 1st world countries.If they want to allow their countries to be surrendered without a fight it is their prerogative. The USA will simply try to do its best to ensure there is a free world left for them to rejoin if they so choose one day.

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  3. Yep. The existence of a Space Force will be a strong deterrent of war in the future, by keeping the military superiority in the hands of a trading & democratic, rather than conquering & despotic, power.

    Yeah, all the USA haters of the world will whine that the USA is far from a peaceful trading power, without taking into account that such military might, is precisely what allows the existence of several of their comfortable, surrendering, peacenik 1st world countries.

    If they want to allow their countries to be surrendered without a fight, it is their prerogative. The USA will simply try to do its best to ensure there is a free world left for them to rejoin, if they so choose one day.

    Reply

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