Space

Is There Anybody Out There…?

So scientists may have found a giant object in space, which could only have been built by another civilization.

I mean, can you believe it? In this lifetime? That we may have finally found something–someone–completely alien to us?

Sure, it could also be a spectacular cloud of dust, but who the hell really wants THAT to be true?

A Dyson sphere…a real Dyson sphere…

It’s news that ran up my spine and around my brain. Sure, if it is the ultimate–another species and an advanced one at that–it could good news or bad news for us. But frankly I’ll take it just to see humanity discover that it’s not alone before I close my eyes and leave this rock for good.

I mean…can you IMAGINE?!

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Amazon In Space

So apparently Jeff Bezos is not content with taking over the entire retail world on Earth. He’s expanding his reach to the stars.

I’m not sure I really want the same guy who sells me my discount historical novels to be dallying with everything from on demand TV to space flight. I fear it distracts him from what really matters, like cheaper, smoothly delivered toilet paper.

However, as a spec fic author I have to applaud the gumption and entrepreneurial spirit it takes to assume your company must–and can, and will–do everything.

I wouldn’t want to hold stock in a company that has this many identities, but it is fascinating to watch Bezos try to be all things to everyone.

Even if he fails in that, he just might succeed at space travel and Lord knows Elon Musk needs some competition, and the ISS needs regular deliveries.

So you go, Blue Origin! We’re rooting for you!

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Here There Be Life

Just read this article on New Horizons’ fly by of Pluto and the problems that were solved while the probe was millions of miles away. Amazing to think we can do that now. Solve problems without even being there. Send out probes that will never return, for the sole purpose of flying through the universe that, almost certainly, none of us will ever see with our own eyes. I’ve been so excited seeing the pictures New Horizons is sending back all over my Twitter feed.

Sometimes I think the technologically advanced world we live in does contribute to a sense of being weary with it all. We get tired and jaded and think, ‘Damn. I guess my phone is obsolete again. Have to get a new one.’ We read the science news and hear about new developments and it goes right over our heads because life goes on, right? I mean, are we supposed to care about such things when you have to get up, get to work, get on with it, no matter what?

And what about the world itself? Wars and hunger and collapsing economies and murders and politicians we hate and celebrities we wish would shut up…it never ends. We want to hide out from the never-ending news cycle. The barrage of negativity. The sense that no matter how right things might be with you at any given moment (which almost never happens, if  you ask anyone), things will never be right with this crazy world.

But…

The world is more than human society.

It’s also clouds and oceans and mountains and space and a tiny Earth-born machine talking to itself–talking to us– as it trundles along on an arid landscape, millions of miles away.

When I get tired of the unrelenting, constantly judging, prattling heads on TV, I check out my science news pages, and I never fail to be inspired. The idea that no matter what goes wrong with me or the world today, our flawed species has managed to send out the most hardy of ambassadors, complex machines that have done so much more than we hoped, against all odds, and that are sending back information, right now, that could help us alleviate that age-old condition.

Loneliness.

Perhaps Mars Rover will never find evidence of even the most basic life-forms. Maybe Philae will find nothing but ice on 67P. But…

…science is so fun now. We are exploring our world, our universe, ourselves, on a regular basis in ways we only dreamed imaginable 50 years ago. And the answers are coming back to us, loud and clear and amazing.

Most likely. Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Out there.

There be life.

If so, I hope they’ll be as excited to find us as we will be to find them.

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

I’m Headed to Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?action=getcert&e=1&cn=341711

See? Got my boarding pass and everything!

For fun, NASA is letting anyone who wants to put their name on the Orion Test Flight to Mars. So you get your name in space, and a little boarding pass memento to prove it. I think it’s so cool.

Want to join me? Go here.

Have fun!

What’s Your Favourite Scifi Book or Movie?

Here’s an awesome article about 15 real scientists and their favourite scifi books and movies.

An great reminder that if we want to nurture tomorrow, we have to inspire today.

I have a million scifi books and movies I loved. I can’t name just one. I mean, there was Contact (book and movie, though they’re very different), The Andromeda Strain, Dune, Jurassic Park, anything by Phillip K Dick and so many others.

But it’s so fun to see that even scientists loved the same cool stuff you did.

What’s your favourite scifi book or movie? Better yet, name all you can think of off the top of your head. I’m no good naming just one so feel free to fill up the comments!

Earth to Comet!! Hello, Comet!!

Today the European Space Agency probe, Rosetta, finally caught up with the comet it had been chasing for years.

This is big.

Really big.

After ten years and billions of miles and tons of complex code and navigational feats I can’t wrap my mind around, we have actual pictures of an actual comet in space.

Soon, if it all works out, we’ll have plenty more than that. Next is landing on it and really probing that sucker!

So after all these years, one small part of Armageddon is officially no longer impossible. Take a bow, Bruce Willis.

And maybe now we can figure out how to stop running planets into these things…

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Fire!!!

Okay, you know a fire is no joke when you can freaking see it from space.

That shit is INSANE!!!

I hope they can get it under control soon, and that the loss of lives and damage to property and the environment can be kept to a minimum. But that Rim Fire…she’s trouble alright.

In other news, I have figured out how to use links properly in my blog. Can you tell?

Previous problems were caused by only using the short form to do posts. Mea culpa.

I swear I’m not totally helpless; I can link the shit out of a PowerPoint presentation. How’s that for technological expertise?

*Swaggers off with her thumbs in her waistband–trips over her own shoes*