Second closest Earth like exoplanet found 11 light years away at Ross128

A planet just 3.4 parsecs away either having liquid water or just shy of having some makes an extremely appealing characterization target. Stellar activity is probably the highest concern regarding the emergence of life, and even the survival of an atmosphere, on planets orbiting M dwarfs. Restricting the target list to quiet stars would disqualify …

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Space Telescopes at 550 AU can image exoplanet surfaces down to 1 kilometer resolution

Space Telescopes placed at the gravitational lens points of 550 AU can image exoplanet surfaces down to 1 kilometer resolution. This would be like 13000 X 13000 pixel images of the earth. 169 megapixels images. Mason Peck talks about the Breakthrough Starshot project. When we achieve good interstellar travel (20% of lightspeed with good unmanned …

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First Moon colonists could be molemen living giant 50km cave

A Japanese space probe data confirmed that an enormous cavern stretching for about 50 kilometers exists beneath the moon’s surface, offering a possible protected site for future lunar bases, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Oct. 18. The cavern, found in the Marius Hills area on the near side of the moon, is about 100 …

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NASA 2022 hall effect thruster mission to asteroid Psyche

The asteroid Psyche is different than millions of other asteroids because it appears to have an exposed nickel-iron surface. Researchers at Arizona State University, in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), believe the asteroid could actually be the leftover core of an early planet. And, since we can’t directly explore any planet’s core, including …

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Carnival of Space 527

Carnival of Space 527 is up at The Evolving Planet. Universe Today – Cassini Conducts a Final Flyby of Titan Before Crashing into Saturn The NASA Cassini spacecraft made hundreds of passes over Titan during its 13-year mission. These included a total of 127 precisely targeted encounters at close and far range (like this latest …

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Carnival of Space 521

Carnival of Space 521 is up at Universe Today Universe Today – Hubble Eyes Stratosphere Around a Very Hot, Watery Jupiter! Artist’s concept of the hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet – generated using Engine House VFX. Credit: Bristol Science Centre/University of Exeter Universe Today – …

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Carnival of Space 520 – Network of Communication across a galaxy with artificial transits

The Carnival of Space 520 is at the Urban Astronomer >Universe Today – Advanced Civilizations Could Build a Galactic Internet with Planetary Transits In a recently-published paper (arxiv – Exoplanet Transits as the Foundation of an Interstellar Communications Network) , Dr. Duncan H. Forgan of St. Andrews University proposed that extra-terrestrial civilizations could be communicating …

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