(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Newly Found Planet Could Hold Water
March 22, 2010 [fair warning: FoxNews Link]
A newly discovered gas giant planet may have an interior that closely resembles those of Jupiter and Saturn in our own Solar System, and may hold water, the building block of life.
The newly found Corot-9b is one of a class of heavenly bodies called exoplanets — planets like Earth and Saturn that are discovered outside of our solar systems. More than 400 have been found so far, and of the billions of stars in the sky, many are likely to have planets.
Although the planet itself is a gas giant and hence has no solid surface to stand on, what if it possessed a moon like Saturn’s Titan? If the temperature were towards the lower end of the estimated range, then any moon would be an ice ball. If it were towards the upper end, it would be rather too hot for liquid water. But what if it were somewhere in the middle … ?
New worlds await.
But do we have the ingenuity to challenge the obstacles, and one day … Manage to Reach Them?
Even if Space Travel, seems a struggle for another generation — it still can serve as the “spark plug” which fires our Imaginations. In my opinion, the pursuit of Science, is rarely a bad investment.
Without Science, we’d all still be hunter-gatherer, nomadic peasants.
With a well funded Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge, just imagine the Possibilities …
No sign of Avatar’s blue-skinned Na’vi aliens, but Europe’s CoRoT space telescope Wednesday yielded the discovery of a Jupiter-sized world orbiting a “temperate” distance from its star.
The discovery marks the first “transit” detection, where the dip in starlight caused by a planet orbiting in front of its star tips off astronomers to its existence.
Granted, dreams of Space Traveling to distance worlds are not likely to happen in our life-times.
But that should NOT put the Brakes on Discovery — we could not “stand on the ‘Shoulders of Giants'” NOW — Unless those free-thinkers, who have gone before us, had at one point, Dare to Dream …
As Children still Dare to Dream, with the hope of one day Discovering ‘New Worlds’ and ‘New Possibilities’ — who are we, to pull the plug on those Dreams … to extinguish the Hope of the Human Spirit?
10 Space Jobs From the Near Future
By Lonnie Morgan April 7, 2010
If Congress goes through with the budget proposal (and that is a big if), NASA will stop work on the Constellation program, including the in-development Orion module and Ares rocket and focus instead on a new heavy-lift vehicle and new space-related technologies. The move will pave the way for companies like SpaceX to take up the helm for low-Earth orbit (LEO) human spaceflight.
So what will a job market for the aspiring space junkie look like in 20 to 30 years? For a long time, the single goal for kids that were obsessed with spaceflight was to become an astronaut. Now, it looks like that job title will have some competition. Here are 10 non-scientist jobs I believe youngsters should start to prepare for:
LEO pilot (eventually, lunar transfer pilot)
Space-travel ticket broker
Spaceport traffic control (also, on-orbit traffic control, Earth and lunar)
Human-rated spacecraft maintenance
Space communications specialist
Space Construction and Repair Specialist
Lunar base psychologist (presence on the moon not required)
Mars colony psychologist
Nuclear and solar power engineers
On-orbit refueling specialist
The movie Avatar was set in 2154.
Given that kind of lead time, and a vision to reach for that Better Future — our descendants — could reach worlds like Pandora, much faster than we … can now dare, Imagine …
If only WE dare to Dream … to open that Future Science Box … and imagine just WHERE those future generations will “eventually stand”?
… like Jeff Goldblum says in the movie Jurassic Park,
“Life — will always find a way.”