2.28.2013

February 28, 2013: This Week's Space and Alien News


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SpaceX Mission 2/12: On March 1, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will be
making a return trip to the International Space Station. Their overall mission hasn’t changed: bringing up supplies for the astronauts and their experiments, and bring down samples and used equipment. It’s going to be filled up severely below capacity both ways (it’s made to handle 7,000 pounds of cargo), a load capacity which might just be used when the ISS meets its hypothetical deadline in a few years and will stop having people in it. Or maybe we’ll make repairs and keep using it (or maybe we’ll make something better). Either way, NASA has ten more missions to use SpaceX for yet.


A Lot of ‘Ifs’ for Aliens: If planets exist in the habitable zone of white dwarf stars. If there is alien life on these planets (probably newly possible due to the transformation of its local star). If these aliens will have a big enough impact on the atmosphere that we can see it from Earth. If we are equipped to study the multitudes of white dwarf stars for potential dimming. If that dimming actually reveals a solid planet. If scientists have the funding for an organized search. If all of these ‘ifs’ come true within the next ten years, we might just find evidence of extraterrestrials. As if all of these uncertainties and unlikelihoods are actually news.

Doing Something About Asteroids: ESA’s mission to analyze asteroids, AIDA, has received an unsurprising boost in support. This mission involves studying Didymos, which will be near – but not catastrophically near – Earth in 2022. The study involves crashing one of two spacecrafts into it, at which point the second craft will record how that crash changes the asteroid. This project is based off the hypothesis that asteroid can be deflected by hitting them with something relatively small at just the right angle and speed to change its trajectory to something safer. It’s hopefully a good idea – it has to be better than blowing it up with a nuke.

Doing Something About Asteroids, the Graffiti Sequel: And this idea might be even better than hitting an asteroid to make it stop hurtling towards Earth. For this plan, according astronomy and physics professor at Texas A&M Dave Hyland, we would just paint the side of any potential life-destroying asteroid. Because asteroids near sunlight have a dark and a light side, momentum-carrying photons might just have an impact on the asteroid’s movement. If we interfere with this with paint that reflects more or less light than normal, we could change the asteroid’s trajectory. With paint. There’s a rock, paper, scissors joke in there somewhere, there just has to be.  

The Water Worlds of Jupiter’s Moons: Space scientists seem to have a thing about planning missions for 2022 because, just like hitting Didymos, ESA and NASA plan on sending a radar to analyze Jupiters and it’s moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto in nine years. We think the icy moons might have water oceans, which is cool not only because it’s more water in our solar system (and this might bode well for a potential base there in however many hundreds or thousands of years it’ll take to get actual people in space again) but because water might mean aliens. Fishy aliens, no less. Also, the ESA is getting a bit punchy with its mission names: this one is JUICE.

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