Saturday, July 23, 2016

STAR TREK: Beyond

The newest entry of the STAR TREK franchise is opening.

The J. J. Abrams version of the epic focuses on the early years of Captain Kirk and the bridge crew of the original Enterprise.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dark Matter

The most sensitive search yet for dark matter found nothing during its twenty months in operation.

Scientists are not discouraged, however.  They say the negative results narrow the possibilities of what dark matter can be.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Perspective

GM announced revenues last quarter-- three months-- of more than $42 billion.

NASA's next yearly budget is set at about $19 billion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Apollo 11

Today marks the 47th anniversary of humanity's first manned landing on the Moon.

There is currently a growing movement, both within the American space advocacy community and internationally, to establish a manned lunar base as the next big project in space exploration.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

K2-72

K2-72 is a red dwarf 181 light years from Earth that has been observed by the Kepler spacecraft.  It has at least four likely rocky worlds orbiting it, all roughly equal in size to Earth.

Two of those worlds are in the star's habitable zone, which means they could potentially support life.

Monday, July 18, 2016

SpaceX Success

SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon cargo capsule to ISS last night, and successfully landed the booster back at Cape Canaveral.

It was the fifth successful landing in the last seven attempts.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Reaction Funding

Reaction Engines, developer of the Skylon spaceplane, is now receiving funding from both the UK Government and the ESA.

The company plans to begin ground tests of the hybrid engines by 2020.