Connect with us

Astronomy

NASA hoping to find alien life by launching Avengers-like initiative

blank

Published

on

NASA-avengers-initiative-alien-life

Forget Earth’s mightiest heroes, NASA is launching an initiative that brings together some of Earth’s most brilliant scientists. Instead of “The Avengers”, the agency has named its latest initiative “Nexus for Exoplanet System Science” and its goal is not to defend our planet from alien threats, but rather to comb the universe in search of alien life. NExSS for short, is a new and ambitious project that aims to bring together experts from a variety of scientific fields with the goal of finally answering that all too important question: “are we alone?” Earlier this month, NASA did promise that they will be able to provide solid evidence for the existence of alien life within a decade or two and this ‘scientists assemble’ type of initiative is further proof that the agency wasn’t kidding around when that statement was made.

The very first order of business for NExSS will be to analyze a number of known exoplanets and their parent stars. An exoplanet is any planet that orbits a star other than our own Sun, so in other words, a planet that’s located outside our Solar System. As you might imagine, NASA is not interested in just any exoplanets and will be mainly focusing on the ones that look like they could sustain alien life forms. “This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life,” says Jim Green, NASA’s Director of Planetary Science. He also adds that “the hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it’s of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well.”

Earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists, and astrophysicists will all be working together on this and they will have the very difficult task of figuring if alien life is truly out there or not. NASA’s newest initiative will pave the way for advanced science instruments that can further help interpret the initial observations of NExSS, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope, all of which are scheduled to launch in the coming years. We might not be able to physically reach any exoplanets with our current technology, but all these tools should indeed allow NASA to give us a final answer to the question “are we alone in the universe?” within two decades, just like they promised.

NExSS will be lead by Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Ames Research Center, Dawn Gelino from the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, and Anthony del Genio of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In addition, the scientists will also be working closely together with experts from two other research institutes, as well as 10 renowned universities. Specifically: Stanford University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Hampton University, University of Wyoming, Penn State University, University of Maryland, Yale University, University of Nebraska-Kearney, and the University of California. Helping them out will be members from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA’s Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and of course, the SETI Institute.

Astronomy

NASA Will Make a Big Announcement About Unidentified Anomalies

blank

Published

on

blank

NASA will release a major report on UFOs, or “unidentified anomalous phenomena” (UAP).

The briefing will be held at the agency’s Washington DC headquarters at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC) on Thursday, September 14. The video player below streams the discussion live.

NASA commissioned an independent study group of 16 scientific, aeronautical, and data experts led by astrophysicist David Spergel in 2022 to produce the findings.

NASA says the study group will “examine UAP from a scientific perspective and create a roadmap for how to use data and the tools of science to move our understanding of UAP forward.”

The team’s full report will be posted online by NASA 30 minutes before the briefing.

This report will be released in accordance with NASA’s openness, transparency, and scientific integrity. When the study was announced last year, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate assistant deputy associate administrator for research, Daniel Evans, said, “We take that obligation seriously and make it easily accessible for anyone to see or study.”

UAP sightings were once the domain of conspiracy theorists and sci-fi, but recent high-profile US military sightings have legitimized them.

US authorities are taking UAPs seriously because they may be Russian or Chinese experimental aircraft being tested for national security.

Also possible is extraterrestrial life. NASA is open to all possibilities, but this week’s announcement won’t reveal alien lifeforms visiting Earth.

Instead, the report may outline new protocols to help the agency collect UAP data in the future.

“The report informs NASA of future data collection opportunities to shed light on UAP’s nature and origin. The announcement’s brief NASA statement said the report is not a review or assessment of previous unidentifiable observations.

“There are currently a limited number of high-quality observations of UAP, which make it impossible to draw firm scientific conclusions about their nature,” the agency said.

Continue Reading

Astronomy

NASA’s DART probe successfully collided with an asteroid.

blank

Published

on

blank

At the time of impact, the impactor vehicle, about the size of a vending machine, was moving at about 14,000 mph.

After traveling for over a year, NASA‘s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which attempted to provide answers, “Could a specially crafted satellite be used to divert an asteroid from its planet-destroying course? How about a number? “has effectively impacted the Dimorphos asteroid. However, NASA ground control has confirmed that the DART impact vehicle has intercepted the target asteroid. The results and data from the collision are still being received. Yes, Dimorphos is about the size of a football stadium, but space is very big, extremely dark, and both the asteroid and the spaceship were traveling rather quickly at the time.

blank

“It’s been a successful completion of the first part of the world’s first planetary defense test,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said after the impact. “I believe it’s going to teach us how one day to protect our own planet from an incoming asteroid. We are showing that planetary defense is a global endeavor and it is very possible to save our planet.”

In an effort to investigate the employment of defensive satellites as a method of planetary defense against Near Earth Objects, NASA launched the DART mission in November 2021. Nearly 68 million miles from Earth, the DART impactor vehicle, about the size of a vending machine, tragically crossed Dimorphos’ path while traveling at about 14,000 MPH.

blank

It remains to be seen if future generations of a planetary defense system will be packed with satellites ready to go full June Bug vs. Chrysler Windshield against real planet-killer asteroids. Dimorphos is one of two asteroids that are gravitationally entangled; its parent rock is more than five times larger than Dimorphos itself, but both are dwarfed by the space rock that struck Earth 66 million years ago and destroyed 75% of the planet’s multicellular life while gouging out the Gulf of Mexico.

Continue Reading

Astronomy

Various Companies Partner Up to Put a Mobile Phone Network on the Moon

blank

Published

on

Network

The world of science and technology brings us yet another crazy possibility that’s going to be explored quite soon. Fourth Generation Cellular Networks are seeing implementations on various places. One of them could be the natural satellite orbiting the earth: The Moon.

A partnership between Nokia, Vodafone and Audi is looking to implement cellular networks on the moon sometime next year. Even if the proposition sounds crazy, it seems like they have a lot of plans to make this dream a reality.

Vodafone will be designing the lunar network and will make use of equipment designed by Nokia Bell Labs. This connectivity will allow two Audi Lunar Quattro rovers to communicate wirelessly with a base station at the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module.

Using existing satellites, mission organizer Part Time Scientists will also be able to live stream scientific data and HD video content from the Moon to viewers on Earth. In other words, we will be getting some very detailed views of Earth for public viewing.

The networking equipment will be launched into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. If you think it’s going to be very heavy and sloppy to handle. Nokia’s engineers have worked really hard to make it weigh less than one kilogram.

We’re seeing the vestiges of life in the moon very frequently now. All thanks to the options becoming more and more accessible with the fast advancements in technology. Of course, this rapid growth is far from reaching its peak potential.

Who knows? Maybe we will be able to look at interplanetary travels and living. The sky is the limit when it comes to the amount of creations. Nowadays bizarre ideas like mobile networks in different planets aren’t that far fetched eiher.

It’s going to be an interesting ride, for sure. However, we must be also conscious about the planet we’re currently living in. Even though there are efforts to make this planet greener, there is a lot left to do.

Continue Reading

Trending