Archive of 2016 October

22Oct2016

The Valentich UFO Mystery 35 Years On

Thirty eight years ago young pilot Frederick Valentich flying a Cessna (VH-DSJ) over Bass Strait to King Island on 21 October 1978 disappeared. The plane and pilot were never found.  (more…)

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21Oct2016

Space-Based Nation Accepting Citizenship Applications

A proposed space nation called Asgardia is now accepting applications for future citizens. Leaders of the Asgardia project discussed the prospective space nation at a news conference in Paris Wednesday (Oct. 12). (more…)

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20Oct2016

Strange Signals From 234 Stars Could be ET

It’s a bold claim. Two astronomers think they have spotted messages from not just one extraterrestrial civilisation, but 234 of them. The news has sparked a lively debate in the field as other astronomers think the claim is premature. (more…)

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20Oct2016

ESA Mars Lander Feared Lost In Final Minutes Of Descent

After a journey of seven months and half a billion kilometres across the solar system, the fate of the European Schiaparelli Mars lander is in doubt amid fears that a last-minute glitch had scuppered hopes for a historic touchdown. (more…)

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16Oct2016

Discovery – What Existed BEFORE The Beginning Of The Universe

There are many scientific and non-scientific varieties of the answer about what came before Big Bang. Some say there was literally nothing and some say a black hole or a multiverse. (more…)

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16Oct2016

Voyager 2 May Have Been Hacked As It Entered Deep Space

NASA's ground-breaking voyager 2 probe is more than 3 decades into its epic journey towards deep space. On April 22nd, 2010 just as the craft prepares to cross the boundary to enter into interstellar space, it malfunctions. (more…)

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15Oct2016

Huge ‘Supermoon’ Due On October 16

2016 has been a fantastic year for space enthusiasts. We've discovered new bodies, experienced magic meteor showers, and by year's end, we'll have witnessed a total of six supermoons. In fact, a supermoon is right around the corner! (more…)

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15Oct2016

Female Astronomers Just Can’t Seem To Catch A Break

Gender bias may or may not exist elsewhere in the cosmos, but a jarring new study echoes previous research showing that it remains a problem for female astronomers here on Earth. (more…)

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15Oct2016

Maybe We Can’t Find Aliens Because They Got Snuffed Out

With at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, you’d think at least one would have produced a race of intelligent alien beings. So how come we’ve never seen signs of space aliens? (more…)

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15Oct2016

Aboriginal Astronomy Had The World’s Oldest Observatory

An ancient Aboriginal site at a secret location in the Victorian bush could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza. (more…)

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14Oct2016

How Can Space Weather Cause Technological Disturbances

How Can Space Weather Cause Technological Disturbances? We’re all familiar with the thunderstorms, tornados and other weather events that happen across our planet, but did you know there can be weather in space, too? (more…)

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14Oct2016

NASA Allow Privateers To Hook Up Modules To Space Station

Private space companies may soon get the opportunity to add their own habitat modules to the outside of the International Space Station. That’s according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. (more…)

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14Oct2016

Who Stole All The Stars?

Investigating the millions of missing stars from the centres, or cores, of two big galaxies, astronomers at Swinburne University of Technology say they may have solved this cosmic whodunit. (more…)

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14Oct2016

Mars Next: Physicist Shows Record-Breaking Ion Drive

To Mars and back to Earth on just a 50kg tank and more fuel-efficient than any other: that's the main goal of rocket scientist Paddy Neumann, from Sydney, Australia. (more…)

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14Oct2016

Colonizing Mars Could Put Astronauts At ‘Risk Of Chronic Dementia’

Astronauts travelling to Mars and beyond could be at risk from chronic dementia according to the results from some exciting and  exacting research from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). (more…)

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14Oct2016

Should We Launch a Kid to Space?

On Aug. 6, 1961, cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second person ever to orbit the Earth. He zipped around the planet 17 times aboard the Soviet Union's Vostok 2 spacecraft and then touched down on Aug. 7. (more…)

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