Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ceres Organics

Organic molecules, the precursors of life, have been found on the dwarf planet Ceres.

A new study suggests the organics formed on Ceres rather than being delivered by comets or asteroids.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Calling ET

Stephen Hawking, among others, has warned against alerting aliens that we're here, for fear they might destroy us.

There is another school of thought, however.   Advocates of sending messages to the stars note our radio and television transmissions have already reached the nearest stars and suggest powerful transmissions targeted on those stars.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Churchilll On Aliens

An essay written by Winston Churchill has been discovered among his papers.  It was written in 1939, when Europe was sliding into war.

In the essay, Churchill speculates about life elsewhere in the universe, and lays out essentially the same logic scientists use today to argue advanced life may be fairly common.  He also wrote he saw no  reason to think humans were the only, or the most intelligent, advanced race in the cosmos.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

104 For India

India successfully launched 104 satellites into orbit on one rocket last night.

The nation is quietly building quite a capable space program.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

North Korea

North Korea tested a new ballistic missile over the weekend.

Some analysts have always argued North Korea's space efforts were simply a cover for rocket development.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Europan Lander

NASA is looking at a mission concept that would put a lander on Europa to search for life.

The mission would launch in 2024 and reach Jupiter five years later.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


A joint Europe-Japan mission to Mercury is scheduled to launch in 2018.

After several gravity assists, Benji-Colombo will reach Mercury in 2020.