November 30, 2012: This Week's Alien and Space News

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This week’s space and alien news is actually completely chock full of both space and aliens – and a little bit of North Korea, but if it isn’t China it has to be someone.  We have space tourism, Mars colonies, nuclear-powered space travel, and a widened definition of areas that might contain life. There’s also a rather mad cap way to track advanced alien civilizations, but that just contributes to the overall tone of awesome science has this week.

Using Nuclear Energy in Space – Who’d’ve Thought?: Having some sort of nuclear energy in a space ship to power intergalactic, or, at least, inter-solar system flight isn’t a new concept. In fact, Dr. Robert Bussard – the genius who thought up many of the once-fictional advanced technology in the original Star Trek series got pretty far into developing it before he died. Now that dream is beginning to be successfully resurrected. The DUFF – Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions – generated 24 watts of electricity in a nuclear reactor, and that’s a good first try for our upcoming Mars colonies.

Because Mars Colonies Are Still on the Agenda: Remember that Mars One colony idea that came out of the blue over the summer? SpaceX decided to get fully on the bandwagon. The company’s CEO Elon Musk is starting to plan out all the components for a Mars colony that would start at fewer than ten people but eventually grow to 80,000 people. It might be a bit before all of this is possible, but that just gives each of us time to get together the $500,000 to buy our tickets.

Space Tourism Is, Too: Space tourism has simultaneously been the most awesome and the most horrifying idea to hit science fiction since extraterrestrial life. Yes, it would be incredible to see sunlight creep around the edge of the earth, but the moon wouldn’t be improved by a glowing McDonald’s ‘M.’ Regardless of which side of that particular debate you might lean toward, space tourism is quickly approaching, and it’s in the form of a massive balloon. By 2014, Spain’s Zero 2 Infinity company will be lifting people 36 kilometers into space, high enough to see the curve of the Earth and the blackness of space. The price tag? $143,000, and the mountain of resultant debt is actually almost worth it.

Tracking Aliens by Their Terraforming: This is such an interesting idea that I’m barely going to give it any flack about people modeling alien behavior on human behavior that hasn’t even manifested yet, when there is only an infinitesimal chance of aliens being anything like us (on top of the resounding lack of evidence of there being aliens anywhere thus far). The idea is that humans will one day terraform planets, like Mars, that have next to no atmosphere and we’ll probably use artificial greenhouse gases like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). So, they say, the chance might be good that other advanced civilizations that were forced to populate on other planets would do the same, and that we could sweep the universe for CFCs to look for these aliens. While kind of a reach, especially when we have all of these cool and legitimate things to work on like space colonies and research into rogue planets, it’s an entertaining thought.

Aliens That Are a Bit More Likely: In our little section of space, the aliens we’re more likely to find are the ones that can survive in really, really cold temperatures under the planets surface, and for the longest time scientists weren’t too sure that life could do that. However, we’ve found a hub of thriving microbial life deep in the unlikely location of Antarctic ice – and by unlikely, I mean it’s 8 degrees Fahrenheit, the water is full of salt and iron, and the area hasn’t seen the surface of the Earth for over 2,500 years. This means that virtually any planet, despite its potential ice-covered nature or distance from the sun, can house life as long as it has water. 

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