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14 hours ago, Shooter in the Motor said:

Did he just come straight back?

Yeah it's just a virtual straight up and down with a slight drift sideways. It's approximately a 10 minute flight.

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https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/19/earths-demise-could-rid-galaxy-of-meaning-warns-brian-cox-ahead-of-cop26 

 

 

“The more I learn about biology … the more astonished I am we exist at all”, adding that while astronomers said there were about 20bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy, “so we might expect life to be everywhere”, “almost every biologist I speak to says, ‘Yes, but all it will be is slime at best.’ We live in a violent universe and the idea you can have planets which are stable enough to have an unbroken chain of life might be quite restrictive.”

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2 hours ago, johnsusername said:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/19/earths-demise-could-rid-galaxy-of-meaning-warns-brian-cox-ahead-of-cop26 

 

 

“The more I learn about biology … the more astonished I am we exist at all”, adding that while astronomers said there were about 20bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy, “so we might expect life to be everywhere”, “almost every biologist I speak to says, ‘Yes, but all it will be is slime at best.’ We live in a violent universe and the idea you can have planets which are stable enough to have an unbroken chain of life might be quite restrictive.”

Thanks for this. Coxy's Universe programme, BBC2 27 October.

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News that the Breakthrough Listening Project's first alien candidate signal, BLC1, was 'likely' terrestrial interference and not of alien origin.

 

No doubt there will be numerous reports but everything Ive see so far is pretty inconclusive to support either proposition. However, to prove alien origin, the evidence must be irrefutible and independently verified which, this signal is not.

 

It therefore assumes similar enegmatic status as the Wow! signal.

 

https://theconversation.com/a-mysterious-signal-looked-like-a-sign-of-alien-technology-but-it-turned-out-to-be-radio-interference-170548

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U-ho. NASA confirms the Hubble telescope has again gone into safe mode for the 2nd time this year. NASA said 'it experienced synchronisation issues with internal spacecraft communications.

Science observations have been temporarily suspended while the team investigates the issue.' And  'The instruments remain in good health.'

Hubble is was already running on the back up systems after the earlier fault couldnt be fixed on the then primary systems. If they cant resolve the current issue then it's looking grim for it.

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The famous Pale Blue Dot (Earth) picture taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 when NASA instructed it to look behind one final time at home before it left the solar system forever 

After which it became the first man-made object to reach interstellar space 

 

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52 minutes ago, Stickman said:

The famous Pale Blue Dot (Earth) picture taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 when NASA instructed it to look behind one final time at home before it left the solar system forever 

After which it became the first man-made object to reach interstellar space 

 

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Such a great picture. It's also a bit depressing when you realise how insignificant we are, but equally how significant the human race is. 

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Currently at the National Space Centre with my nieces. US Thor Able rocket and the European Blue Streak rocket.

 

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29 minutes ago, Anubis said:

Currently at the National Space Centre with my nieces. US Thor Able rocket and the European Blue Streak rocket.

 

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"Big that" 

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2 hours ago, Stickman said:

The famous Pale Blue Dot (Earth) picture taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 when NASA instructed it to look behind one final time at home before it left the solar system forever 

After which it became the first man-made object to reach interstellar space 

 

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It must be have been relatively near to be able to view Earth in that image- as in, not about to exit the Solar System imminently 

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1 hour ago, Anubis said:

Currently at the National Space Centre with my nieces. US Thor Able rocket and the European Blue Streak rocket.

 

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Blue Streak was a British rocket. Didnt know they donated one to the US Space Centre.

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2 hours ago, johnsusername said:

Such a great picture. It's also a bit depressing when you realise how insignificant we are, but equally how significant the human race is. 

it's mind boggling to think we could be the only planet with intelligent life , it might be unlikely but I guess we might never ever know

 

 

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47 minutes ago, Dave D said:

It must be have been relatively near to be able to view Earth in that image- as in, not about to exit the Solar System imminently 

I think it entered interstellar ( the space between the stars) space in 2012...So 22 years later which I guess in astronomical terms is not even the blink of an eye

I read that Voyager is now 154 AU from earth which is 23.131 billion km; 14.373 billion miles and moves at 38,000 miles per hour...

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11 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Blue Streak was a British rocket. Didnt know they donated one to the US Space Centre.

Ha. National Space Centre in Leicester.

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6 hours ago, Dave D said:

It must be have been relatively near to be able to view Earth in that image- as in, not about to exit the Solar System imminently 

The lazy bastard! Should have aborted the mission and stuck something up there with a bit of pace 

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A potted history of the British Interplanetary Society, how we could have been first in the Space Race, and how we could have been the first goddam Cylons. The first Cylons, damn it!

 

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