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L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: It’s Time For A City On The Moon

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: It’s Time For A City On The Moon

. By L. Neil Smith So what should we do with our new prosperity? Donald J. Trump, whatever you think (or more likely, _feel_) about him,  has pointed us in the general direction that a free society always needed to go. There are still a number of feeble-minded stragglers — like the entire Democrat Party, […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for […]

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

On Saturday, November 18th from 11 am to 5 pm, Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum is hosting a one-of-a-kind event at Strathearn Historical Park: A celebration of the men and women who for 60 years worked in our local Aerospace Industry, creating the American Space Program This onetime event will include “Mission Control” in […]

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

A selection of the 23 cameras on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Many are improved versions of the cameras on the Curiosity rover, with a few new additions as well. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two […]

Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes

Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes

Observatories all over the world caught a new kind of collision. Colliding neutron stars This artist’s rendering shows what two neutron stars might look like as they merge, ejecting matter and shooting out gamma rays.

We’re made of stardust, but heavier elements are made of black-hole-and-neutron-star dust

We’re made of stardust, but heavier elements are made of black-hole-and-neutron-star dust

Heavier chemical elements could be the love child of two very spectacular and exotic lovers – neutron stars and tiny black holes. “Papa?” Image via Digitaltrends. We are, as Carl Sagan once put it, “made of star stuff.” Considering that what we call a star is actually a ginormous reactor mashing hydrogen and helium atoms […]

Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

This artist’s concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it’s being vaporized by its own star. With a dayside temperature of more than […]

Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova, but instead implodes to form a black hole. Image credit: NASA/ESA/P. Jeffries (STScI) › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as […]

We Have 100 Years to Leave Earth: Stephen Hawking

We Have 100 Years to Leave Earth: Stephen Hawking

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species within the next century in order to avoid extinction. Hawking made the prediction in a new documentary called Expedition New Earth, which is set to be released this summer as part of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World science season. Existential risks include […]

Listen to the surprisingly empty gap between Saturn and its rings

Listen to the surprisingly empty gap between Saturn and its rings

Cassini made its second epic ring dive on Tuesday Saturn as seen by Cassini on May 1. NASA On Tuesday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn—the planet it’s spent years studying—and the gas giant’s rings. This was the second of 22 such maneuvers, the last of which will send Cassini careening into Saturn’s atmosphere to […]

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