NASA Sending Microbial Survivors of Chernobyl Equal to 400 Atomic Bombs to International Space Station

 

 

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“The fungi collected at the accident site had more melanin than the fungi collected from outside the exclusion zone,” says Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This means the fungi have adapted to the radiation activity and as many as twenty percent were found to be radiotrophic—meaning they grew towards the radiation; they loved it.”

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International Space Station Live Video Feed Cut "As Unknown Object Slows Down" --Triggers Viral UFO Speculation, NASA Denial

 

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UFO theorists are having a field day after a live NASA video feed by the International Space Station (ISS) was cut out as a blurry round object seen descending from the upper-right corner before the screen goes dark as the UFO seemed to stop and a notice appeared indicating technical difficulties. UFO theories began swirling on YouTube earlier this week after YouTube user Streepcap1 posted a video of the stream on July 9 shown below. 

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"The 40-Year Voyage to Barnard's Star" --A Look Back at the World's 1st Study of an Unmanned Spaceship to Explore a Nearby Star

 

 

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The world's first engineering study of an unmanned spaceship to explore one of the nearer stars was made by a technical group of the British Interplanetary Society between 1973-77. The target selected for the exercise was Barnard's Star, six light years distant from Earth. The team recognised that the work, based on the technology extrapolated to the beginning of the 21st Century, could represent only a first approximation to the solution of starflight.

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Is China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Spiraling out of Control? --Reports Fear It Will "Rain Molten Metal"

 

 

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Yesterday's headlines reported that China's first space station Tiangong-1 was "in freefall," "hurtling towards Earth" and would "rain molten metal down onto Earth." The eight-ton Tiangong-1 serves as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities. It was launched unmanned aboard a Long March rocket in September 2011.

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NASA: "The Bulk of Habitable Planets in the Universe Have Yet to Be Born" (Today's Most Popular)



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A big advantage to our civilization arising early in the evolution of the universe is our being able to use powerful telescopes like Hubble to trace our lineage from the big bang through the early evolution of galaxies. The observational evidence for the big bang and cosmic evolution, encoded in light and other electromagnetic radiation, will be all but erased away 1 trillion years from now due to the runaway expansion of space. Any far-future civilizations that might arise will be largely clueless as to how or if the universe began and evolved.

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Habitable Alien Planets --Surface 'Air-Conditioning' System is Critical

 

 

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Astronomers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. This temperature, in turn, is a crucial element in the quest for habitable planets outside our Solar System.

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China Could Legally Seize Moon's 'Peaks of Eternal Light' --"Will Earth's 1st Space War Start There?"

 

 

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A 'research station' on the 'peaks of eternal light' would prevent anyone else from approaching. A Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics senior astrophysicist, Martin Elvis, has sounded the alarm of how an unfriendly power – the Chinese for example – could seize control of an important piece of lunar real estate. They could do it legally by exploiting provisions of the Outer Space Treaty, that bars any nation — and by extension, corporation — from owning property on a celestial body, but a loophole in the pact may amount to the same thing, warns Elvis.

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"Red Geysers " --Previously Unknown Phenomenon Discovered Killing Off Galaxies of the Universe (Today's Most Popular)

 

 

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An international team of scientists has identified a common phenomenon in galaxies that could explain why huge numbers of them turn into cosmic graveyards. Galaxies begin their existence as lively and colorful spiral galaxies, full of gas and dust, and actively forming bright new stars. However, as galaxies evolve, they quench their star formation and turn into featureless deserts, devoid of fresh new stars, and generally remain as such for the rest of their evolution. But the mechanism that produces this dramatic transformation and keeps galaxies turned off, is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in galaxy evolution.

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European Space Agency: Existence of a Black Hole "Gravitational Vortex" Discovered

 

 

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The European Space Agency's orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a "gravitational vortex" around a black hole. The discovery, aided by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years, and will allow them to map the behavior of matter very close to black holes. It could also open the door to future investigations of Albert Einstein's general relativity.

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No Big Bang --"Our Universe Was Formed From an Older Collapsing Universe"

 

 

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A new study of the early universe reveals how it could have been formed from an older collapsing universe, rather than being brand new. The universe is currently expanding and it is a common theory that this is the result of the ‘Big Bang’ – the universe bursting into existence from a point of infinitely dense and hot material.

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