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The Voyager Golden Record deconstructed on the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast

The new episode of the always-fascinating Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is a play-through of the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials attached to the Voyager I and II space probes launched in 1977. Listen below. The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach to Blind Willie Johnson to Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes to, yes, Mozart's The Mag...
Tags: Post, Space, Music, Science, News, Nasa, Hertz, Carl Sagan, Mozart, Extraterrestrials, Bach, Timothy Ferris, Blind Willie Johnson, Solomon Island, Linda Salzman Sagan, Voyager Golden Record


Close up with a comet

Massive archive of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko images placed online.
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Was Oumuamua an alien spaceship? No. Here’s what it is.

Oumuamua, a quarter-mile long asteroid tumbling through space, is Hawaiian for "scout", or "the first of many".It was given this name because it came from another solar system. Some claimed Oumuamua was an alien technology, but there's no actual evidence for that.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Extraterrestrial Life, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Oumuamua


Alien Ocean

Grooves and cracks criss-cross the icy surface of Europa, one of the larger moons of Jupiter. Scientists suspect that a global ocean of liquid water lies beneath the ice. NASA and the European Space Agency are planning missions to Europa, to launch in 2022 or later. Engineers are even planning ways to tunnel through the ice to sample Europa's ocean. This near-true-color view was compiled from several images from the Galileo spacecraft. [NASA/JPL/SETI Institute] Moon and Jupiter
Tags: Space, Nasa, European Space Agency, Europa, Alien Ocean, NASA JPL SETI Institute


Moon and Jupiter

Alien Ocean Grooves and cracks criss-cross the icy surface of Europa, one of the larger moons of Jupiter. Scientists suspect that a global ocean of liquid water lies beneath the ice. NASA and the European Space Agency are planning missions to Europa, to launch in 2022 or later. Engineers are even planning ways to tunnel through the ice to sample Europa's ocean. This near-true-color view was compiled from several images from the Galileo spacecraft. [NASA/JPL/...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Moon, European Space Agency, Jupiter, Europa, Damond Benningfield Keywords, NASA JPL SETI Institute, Alien Ocean Grooves


How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower Monday Night

Monday night the Lyrid’s meteor shower is going to light up the night’s sky. The meteor shower actually runs for 10 days from April 16-26th, but its peak is April 22-23rd.Read more...
Tags: Space, Lifehacks, Showers, Lyrid, Meteor Showers


SpaceX's Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Technology, Nasa, Rockets, Cape Canaveral, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


SpaceX Crew Dragon Test ‘Anomaly’ Sends Plumes of Smoke Over Cape Canaveral

SpaceX has given no word on what went wrong during the test
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, News, Uncategorized, Cape Canaveral, Onetime


Scientists discover how to trap mysterious dark matter

Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online. None After finding one mysterious particle – the Higgs Boson – scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider are looking to discover another needle in a haystack - dark matter.It is supposed to be quite well dispersed around us...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Physics, Innovation, Cern, Universe, Invention, University Of Chicago, University Of Maryland, Big Bang, Fermilab, Higgs, Liu, Wang, Hadron Collider, Large Hadron Collider LHC


Moon and Antares

The Sun is really big — more than a hundred times the diameter of Earth. Yet it’s a mere dot compared to a star that huddles close to the Moon tonight. That star is almost a thousand times the diameter of the Sun — one of the giants of the galaxy. If it took the Sun’s place, it would extend most of the way out to Jupiter, engulfing Earth and the other inner planets. Antares is the leading light of Scorpius. It’s to the lower right of the Moon as they climb into view, after midnight. The brillian...
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The private frontier: corporate space explorers stand by for a $1tn lift-off

Trump’s ambitions for US lunar exploration will be a further boost to the billionaires building a new generation of rocketsPresident Donald Trump has struggled with some of his signature policy promises, but now he has set his sights higher: a return to the moon, five decades after humans last set foot there.The White House has spoken of landing the first woman on the moon within five years and Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, has made it clear that the private sector – much of it backed by a...
Tags: Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, White House, US, Technology sector, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence


“We Were Born To Make The Fairy Tale Come True!”: 51 Sensational Soviet Space Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s the Soviet Union assured the great unwashed that ploughing fortunes into the space race was good for them. “Glory to the workers of Soviet science and technology!” Artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. The Communists would bring peace and prosperity not only to the people of Earth but also to the technology-enabled... Source
Tags: Space, Design, Earth, Propaganda, Posters, Retro, Soviet, Inspirations, Soviet Union


Lyrid Meteors

A thin but reliable meteor shower is building up this weekend. It should hit its peak in the wee hours of Monday or Tuesday. Unfortunately, though, the gibbous Moon will get in the way. Its glare will overpower all but the brightest meteors. The Lyrids are one of the most reliable of all meteor showers. The earliest record comes from 2700 years ago, in ancient China, where a scribe reported that meteors fell like rain. Most years, the Lyrids produce no more than 20 or so meteors per hour. But...
Tags: Space, China, Moon, East Coast, Damond Benningfield, Portsmouth New Hampshire, Richmond Virginia, Albany New York, Lyrids, Lyrid Meteors


Full Moon

The Moon is full today. It stands opposite the Sun in our sky, so sunlight illuminates the entire lunar disk. The full Moon of April is known as the Grass Moon, Egg Moon, or Pink Moon.
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Apocalyptic Rumors

A Bill of Goods When Comet Halley passed close to Earth in 1910, some slick operators sold "comet pills" to protect the public from the comet's dangers. The comet wasn't dangerous, though, so the pills were a waste of money. People still promote apocalyptic visions of the heavens, none of which is true. [Wikipedia] Every year or two, we see a scenario play out like this: A web site, book, or other source says that some co...
Tags: Space, Wikipedia, Nasa, Earth, Damond Benningfield, Halley, Nibiru


A Bill of Goods

When Comet Halley passed close to Earth in 1910, some slick operators sold "comet pills" to protect the public from the comet's dangers. The comet wasn't dangerous, though, so the pills were a waste of money. People still promote apocalyptic visions of the heavens, none of which is true. [Wikipedia] Apocalyptic Rumors
Tags: Space, Wikipedia, Earth, Halley


Spacewatch: Israel's private moon mission crash-lands

Beresheet spacecraft hit moon’s surface at 500km per hour and would have been destroyed on impactIsrael’s Beresheet lander has failed in its attempt to become the first privately funded mission to land on the moon. The 150kg spacecraft began its descent on 11 April but ran into difficulties about 14km above the lunar surface, when the main engine shut down unexpectedly. The spacecraft was still six minutes before the scheduled landing time. Telemetry signals received from the lander made it clea...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Moon, The moon


“Out Of This World”: Photographer Egor Rogalev Visits The Museum Of Soviet Space Travel

Egor Rogalev was born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in 1980. He has earned degree at the Department of Journalism at the Saint Petersburg state university. Egor mixes landscape photography with street portraiture exploring how people in post-Soviet countries correspond with transformation of urban and social environment. Last February, photographer Egor Rogalev realised his childhood dream of... Source
Tags: Space, Design, Technology, Museum, Ussr, Exploration, Soviet, Saint Petersburg, Egor, Egor Rogalev, Museum Of Soviet Space Travel, Leningrad Saint Petersburg


Here’s why the crashed Israeli moon mission was still a tremendous contribution to science

It came so close. It even took a selfie. But with only a few kilometers left to descend, something went wrong and the spacecraft Beresheet veered out of control, taking one final photograph just before it hit the surface. It is thought that there was a fault, possibly in the inertial system, possibly an engine failure, that led to the crash. The spaceship was autonomous – its complex series of trajectory corrections to ensure a safe landing had been programmed in before launch, and could not be ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication, Beresheet


Moon and Spica

A bright star system with a complicated future keeps company with the full Moon tonight. Spica stands to the right or lower right of the Moon at nightfall. Spica consists of two big, heavy stars. One is more than 10 times as massive as the Sun, while the other is about seven times the Sun’s mass. Such heavy stars burn through their nuclear fuel in a hurry. As a result, they live much shorter lives than stars like the Sun. In fact, the heavier of Spica’s stars is already nearing the end of its...
Tags: Space, Sun, Spica, Damond Benningfield


First molecular bond in the universe found at last

Long theorised but never observed, helium hydride has now been observed in a young nebula. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space

Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed after the big bang.The positively charged molecule known as helium hydride is believed to have played a starring role in the early universe, forming when a helium atom shared its electrons with a hydrogen nucleus, or proton. Not only is it thought to ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Chemistry, Physics, Particle physics


First black hole photo confirms Einstein’s theory of relativity

Black holes are long-time superstars of science fiction. But their Hollywood fame is a little strange given that no-one has ever actually seen one – at least, until now. If you needed to see to believe, then thank the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which has just produced the first ever direct image of a black hole. This amazing feat required global collaboration to turn the Earth into one giant telescope and image an object thousands of trillions of kilometers away. As stunning and ground-break...
Tags: Startups, Space, Hollywood, Science, Earth, Einstein, Event Horizon Telescope EHT, Syndication


The place where stars are formed

Researchers gain first image of a distant but important part of the Milky Way.
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SOM unveils designs for first-ever human settlement on the moon

Just a few months ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) released designs for the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface. Created in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the conceptual settlement — dubbed the “Moon Village” — outlines ways humans could live in an otherwise uninhabitable setting through self-sufficient means. Envisioned with a series of inflatable...
Tags: Space, Design, Mit, Esa, Gallery, Moon, European Space Agency, Solar Energy, Mars, Carousel Showcase, South Pole, Moon Landing, Modular Design, Som, European Space Agency ESA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT


Take the kids to … the National Space Centre, Leicester

Rockets, a huge planetarium, bags of interactive fun – and a moon landing anniversary to celebrate – make for a stellar day outAn interactive museum of super-size space experiences: from a giant planet Earth you can touch to the UK’s biggest domed planetarium and a 42-metre rocket tower. You can’t miss the latter as you drive into Leicester – the structure looks like it’s wrapped in giant inflatable pillows. Inside, it houses Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets. Take in the full scale of them by r...
Tags: Travel, Space, UK, Culture, Museums, Day trips, Family Holidays, Leicester, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Leicester holidays, National Space Centre Leicester


Coma Galaxy Cluster

The golden tresses of Queen Berenice adorn the sky on spring evenings — a spray of stars visible through binoculars high in the east at nightfall. If you look deep into the constellation, you will see thousands of galaxies that form the Coma Cluster.
Tags: Space, Berenice


Alien Climates

Scientists are still working out their models of Earth’s atmosphere — models that become more important as our planet’s climate changes. Even as they work out the details, though, they’re already thinking about applying those models to exoplanets — worlds that orbit stars other than the Sun. Modeling the workings of another planet isn’t easy, though. That’s because we know very little about the planets — and even their stars. For most of the planets discovered so far, scientists know how big ...
Tags: Space, Damond Benningfield


High Life's Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson Dissect the Film's Messages About Prison

Claire Denis’ High Life is a film you have to go into while in the right frame of mind in order to even begin understanding it. As discombobulated as the first viewing might leave you feeling, it also ends in a way that urges you to go back and watch it again with a more discerning, adjusted perspective now that…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Prison, Interview, Robert Pattinson, Black Holes, A24, Claire Denis, Claire Dennis, High Life


Posthumous Cassini data sheds light on Titan’s lakes

Liquid hydrocarbons to the north and south of Saturn’s moon formed differently. Andrew Masterson reports.
Tags: Space, Andrew Masterson