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5 hints for successful dive in space

space diveIt is not easy to do a balloon jump from a 23-mile height, considering all the dangers involved in such an activity. Back in 1960 the Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger made his famous jump from a 103-thousand feet height. Many have tried to break his record, but none of them has yet succeeded. Today Felix Baumgartner is certain that he will be the one to finally break the record. To understand why exactly it is so extremely hard to do what Kittinger did half a century ago, we have interviewed Craig Ryan, an expert in the field of space jumping and he revealed us the formula for a successful jump in these kinds of conditions.

Technology – In the era of major technological developments it would be too self-confident to try such an activity without the best suited equipment. Continue Reading

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Meet the Space Animal: Tardigrade

TardigradeTardigrades are among the most fascinating creatures encountered by zoology students. If you magnify them 10 – 30 times, they look like something concocted in the imagination of Gene Roddenberry. Resembling a cross between a bear and an insect, it seems befitting that this strange little animal would turn out to be one of the few organisms on Earth that can actually survive the harsh environment of space.

Although you’ve probably never heard of them, tardigrades are actually all around us. If you’ve ever seen moss growing on a tree or lichen on the side of a concrete building, you were probably looking at tardigrades without even realizing it. In fact, these little creatures can also be found living in the dirt on the bottom of you shoes, especially if you happen to have walked through the forest recently.

Scientists classify tardigrades as micrometazoans which means they are really small animals where every individual of the same species has exactly the same number of cells. If this isn’t odd Continue Reading

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How to predict system collapse

scienceFor a long time, predicting the future has been known to be almost impossible. In fact, apart from weather forecasting, the task of predicting future events has largely been left to fortunetellers, who have seemed to delight in the fact that little progress has been made by scientists in this field.

However, a recent study published in February could prove to be a groundbreaking study in the search for a scientific formula for examining imminent system collapse. This study seeks to ascertain when a system of a certain level of complexity is headed towards collapse.Using math principles, the research tries to help people to get an understanding of systems even when there is little data available to make any complex computations.Perhaps the background of a study of this nature would have to be the apparently numerous ecological systems and other systems that seem to be collapsing at an unprecedented rate. The need to have a scientific manner of analyzing system collapse is perhaps at its highest now. Continue Reading

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Shrinking Polaris

North StarThe North Star, also known as Polaris, is slowly losing its mass and shrinking. After 160 years of monitoring the star which has been used for navigation purposes since the early days of human civilization, scientists have concluded that it is indeed becoming smaller each year.

Polaris is a pulsating star, which means that it runs through a cycle, becoming brighter and dimmer over a standard amount of time. In the case of Polaris, it has been a four day long cycle. Since detailed analysis and documentation began on the North Star more than 160 years ago, the so-called pulse of the star has slowed by 12 minutes. By simple calculations, this means that the star reaches its peak brightness 4.5 seconds slower each year during its four day pulse cycle. Continue Reading

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A cloud of gas and dust approaching the black hole Sagittarius A*

Milky WayOne concept that eludes all scientists is the black hole because it is of heavy mass and it is believed to absorb everything that comes in its way. Scientists have discovered a new thing that shows that very soon astronomical crackers are going to burst as a mass of cloud and gas is heading towards the center of the galaxy Milky Way where the black hole is believed to be there.

The name of the black hole as kept by scientist is Sagittarius A*. It has weight as compared to the 4 Million solar weights. The distance between this black hole and our earth is about 27,000 light years. Sun is believed have a turnaround time of around 230 Million years in the orbit around the black hole but there is another star which has a turnaround time of around 16 years. Max plank institute of extraterrestrial physics in Germany has been keeping a close tab on the black hole and its surroundings. Continue Reading

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Washington Confirms Discovery of Intelligent Life in Space

spaceshipWASHINGTON, DC, 10. December 2099 – The White House has just confirmed reports that a new, inhabitable planet has been found on the outer rim of the Milky Way Galaxy and that it contains what appears to be at least one set of intelligent life forms.

In a prepared statement, White House Representative Alice Gregg explained that while they are officially declaring this new area of the galaxy as inhabited, there are no immediate plans for any type of communication. Continue Reading

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Did The New Horizons Probe Discover A Cosmic Wormhole?

new worm whole November 16, 2015

Pasadena, California – An unusual object imaged by NASA’s New Horizons probe shortly after passing the Pluto-Charon system this summer may be a hole in the fabric of space and time, according to a team of astrophysicists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

After carefully analyzing data and imagery gathered by the probe during its July flyby of the dwarf planet and its moons, the Caltech team concluded that the most likely explanation for the anomalous object was that it was a so-called wormhole in space-time. A wormhole, according to theoretical physics, is a multi-dimensional tunnel connecting two distant points in space and time. Continue Reading

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Space Lift To The Moon

moonWhen Neil Armstrong made his first appearance on the moon in 1969, no one ever thought that we would be standing here 100 years later, watching as a space shuttle gets ready to lift off for another endeavor to the moon. The year 2069 will see one of the first space shuttle launches in years that will carry people to the moon, and hopefully, back again. We will watch and wait as the people in the space craft go up to the moon, walk around, and attempt to come back home. But what are they going to the moon for? The answer to this question is simple.

As the Earth’s surface has deteriorated to the point that no one can really live on it anymore, we have had to look at other sources of life so we can sustain our water and soil. The one place we have found that may have water is the moon. There are five astronauts who have decided to go to the moon and walk around the surface to try to find water on the moon’s surface. If they discover the moon has water, then they will begin sending other shuttles up to the moon in the months to come. Some of the water on the moon has proved to be usable as there have been insects discovered living in the water in some of the craters on the moon. Continue Reading

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Earth Officially Joins Milky Way Alliance

MilkyWayAfter years of often contentious negotiations and debate, the Earth was finally accepted as a full member of the galactic Milky Way Alliance yesterday. During a ceremony at the headquarters of the United Republics, successor to the United Nations after its dissolution 2691, to mark the occasion, Secretary General Robert Obtunga declared the day a milestone in the history of the human race and an essential step to integrate the planet with rest of the universe. Continue Reading

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First Manned Mission to Mars Launched

mars mandingCape Ibrium, Luna, 17 March 2171 – The IonGen Corporation announced today the long-anticipated launch of the first manned mission to Mars. The mission has been in the planning stage for several decades, and though long plagued by numerous delays, is finally scheduled to torch off from the LaGrange-Hallstadt orbital facility on 20 July. That date in commemoration of the first lunar landing 202 years ago in 1969.

The mission is the brainchild of IonGen founder and CEO, Terrence McCann-Wen, the eccentric genius who perfected the ion-pulse rocket engines that will power the manned Mars craft on its journey to the Red Planet. Continue Reading

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