Monday, May 13, 2013
At least 78,000 people have applied to travel to the red planet, where they would live out the remainder of their lives and be featured on a reality TV program.
It would be the trip of a lifetime — literally. The Daily Mail reports 78,000 people from more than 120 countries have applied for one-way tickets to the planet Mars, where they would live for the rest of their lives and be featured on a reality TV show. A Dutch company, Mars One, says it plans to fly four people there every year beginning in 2023. Energy will come from solar panels and food will be grown on the planet, the Daily Mail reports, and a supply mission is supposed to land as soon as October 2016. Mars One's website reads, "Mars 2013: Inhabitants Wanted" and highlights its applicants thus far, along with their video submissions in which they explain why they want to settle on Mars. In explaining the qualifications necessary …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The planet is the smallest ever found outside our solar system.
Wednesday, February 20
It's the tiniest yet, CBC news reports, and it's roughly the size of the moon. Kepler-37b, a newly-discovered planet outside our solar system, is "significantly smaller" than Mercury, the smallest planet orbiting our sun since Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet. This info comes from a paper published online in the journal Nature. The planet, described as hot and rocky, was discovered using the Kepler space telescope. As of Wednesday, the Kepler mission had confirmed the detection of 105 planets, the CBC News report says. You might also be interested in reading: Subscribe to Barrow Patch’s newsletters, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The meteor reportedly unleashing a shock wave that smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured more than 980 people.
The Washington Post reports a meteor that disintegrated Friday morning over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring more than 980 people, has no connection to an asteroid set to come within 17,200 miles of Earth about 2:25 p.m. today. Check out a photo gallery of images of the site where the meteor hit and the damage it left in its wake, shared by the Washington Post. The following was posted on NASA's website: Those here in the United States interested in watching the asteroid can do so online — click here to watch NASA's Ustream. Subscribe to Barrow Patch’s newsletters, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Prospective asteroid miners say the rock could contain $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals.
Wednesday, February 13
An asteroid the size of a cruise ship — 2012 DA14 — that will bypass our planet Friday could be worth almost $200 billion, according to prospective asteroid miners. In relative space distances, the asteroid is cutting it close to Earth — 17,200 miles, or 15 minutes, from our planet. But miners say the asteroid's orbit makes it too difficult to chase down, according to a report posted by Fox News. Officials with Deep Space Industries, a company that plans to mine asteroids for gold, platinum and other minerals, say the rock could contain $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals. What do you think about asteroid mining ventures — is there gold in them thar rocks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. You …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A Discovery News reports says that while this particular asteroid won't hit Earth, the planet WILL get hit by a large asteroid and humans WILL be here to witness it.
Things in space can get far out — literally. But sometimes things get a little too close for comfort. Thank goodness that's not the case with an asteroid the size of a cruise ship — 2012 DA14 — that Discovery News reports will safely bypass Earth on Feb. 15. But, and there IS a but ... in relative space distances, the asteroid is cutting it close — 17,200 miles from our planet or 1/13th the distance from the Earth to the moon, according to the report. The asteroid is coming close enough that Earth's gravitational pull will affect its orbit around the sun, shortening it from 368 days to 317. If something the size of Asteroid 2012 DA14 did hit Earth, it would cause crippling damage on a local scale. According to the report, it is …