August 25, 2012: This Week's Alien and Space News

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The world of space and potential aliens has been in the news quite often in the last while. This can mainly be attributed to Curiosity, but investigations into Mars aren't the only things going on. Some of the news is purely scientific, some is practical, and some is sad.

Neil Alden Armstrong: The first man to walk on the moon died today. While we all know the “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” moment, there was a bit more to his life than just Apollo 11. This New York Times article delves into the life of one of the most famous cultural figures of modern science.
Kepler’s Where It’s At: Kepler 22b was one of the first popularized Earth-like planets to be discovered. And ever since that moment, the Kepler area has been popping up on the list of potential colonies with increasing regularity. After this week, it has an astounding 116 planets – that we’ve discovered so far.

Surprisingly, Eating Right and Exercise Is Good For You, Even in Space: Extensive studies sometimes lead to lackluster scientific moments, and this is one of them. To be fair, decreased bone density is a major potential problem facing astronauts, and researchers have been trying to find the best ways to keep people in space healthy. The answer just happens to be exactly what Americans in general suck at recently.

Smooth, Universe, Very Smooth: We live on a fairly dense rock surrounded by gads of really empty space (dark matter notwithstanding). Galaxies follow this pattern, as solar systems are stars, rocks, and calmer gas balls also are surrounded by gads of empty space. Galaxies fit in clusters, which fit into superclusters. However, as the WiggleZ Survey zoomed out on a theoretical map of the Universe, it’s assumed that the universe smoothes out to have an even distribution of matter. And Einstein agrees.

Plants Can Live… But Can They Grow?: NASA is focusing on how plants might fare in space and without gravity, beyond simply staying alive. There are two specific experiments, both of which measure the efficiency – or general success – with which we might use plants for food on long space missions. Of course, the best part is the first quote, where a co-investigator says that plants have to adapt to environments with less gravity… Just like people must.

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