We mean to get to Mars! We mean to conquer Mars! Mars is ours! That is the understanding! Martians, beware!
Humanity has fantasized about The Red Planet for generations, imagining it to be the home of an incredible species of beings, possibly similar to ourselves, possibly hostile to us. We have long-thought of Mars as a place that, at some point, will require our presence. Current advances in science and related research have allowed us to recognize that Mars is not a world that is currently inhabited, yet that it may have held life in it’s past. It does seem that several factions within our human community are anxious to assist Mars with a revival!
Mars One is a privately-owned project, lead by Netherlands-based businessman Bas Lansdorp. He intents to lead the mission that will be responisble for the transportation of a human subject to Planet Mars. The full goal is to have an entire human colony upon The Red Planet by the year 2023!
These plans were announced during June. Lansdorp spoke of working to set up the mission through stages. First, during 2013, four astronauts will be selected to live within a replica of a Martian environment that will be situated within a desert location. There, the astronauts will train and prepare, as if they actually were living on Mars.
Next, a communications satelllite will be created. This is to happen during 2014. It is likely to be tested, possibly to be sent into space before the astronauts are sent to Mars. The satellite will be needed for arranging the availabilities for contact between space travellers and Earth links during missions.
Then, a supply ship is to arrive at Mars during 2016. It is scheduled to land upon The Red Planet, filled with vital living supplies. This will include 2,500 kilograms of food. The mission will be expanded two years later, wen an exploration vehicle arrives to probe for the most suitable location for a human settlement to be placed!
Pressing forward into 2021, two life support units, two living units, another supply unit, and an additional rover will arrive. This all will be used to assist with the construction of a suitable living environment for human beings on Mars. Mars One will have tested these items beforehand to verify their capacity for sustaining people during long-term missions upon another world.
It will be 2022 when The SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocketship launches from Earth, heading to Mars! By 2023, a landing should occur, with astronauts prepared to reside within the habitable settlement. An additional accompaniment of four astronauts will arrive during 2025.
I would have to say that the long-term goal is to colonize Mars, to terraform the planet. In all honesty, we are using/abusing Earth to the limit, and we possibly are running out of room. The likely truth is that we will need an additional world to live upon, to invade, for the ultimate purpose of human proliferation. Mars long has been the likely candidate for such a purpose, and we are ultimately reaching the point where we are able to recognize our capacity to place our imaginations into action. We will be able to travel to Mars, to terraform the planet, so that we can claim it as our own, and maybe so that we can have two worlds that can exist with human beings that are not intent upon destroying both of them!
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So, if the Mayan prophets had been just slightly more accurate, they would have seen that the actual calamity was not to occur during 2012, but within the following year. Actual research is showing that it is during 2013 when events of deep-space spectacle will happen. Studies are proving that an event of seemingly disastrous nature will occur during next year, although Earth will not be affected!
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way Galaxy, will pass uncomfortably close to a plasma cloud. Close, in the terms of astronomers viewing the event, is roughly 24 million miles. So, in conjunction with distances throughout spacetime, that likely is pretty close!
This gathering of plasma apparently has been increasing it’s speed, as it currently is racing at a rate of over 4.9 million miles per hour! This speed has doubled over the past seven years. Meanwhile, Sagittarius A* already is ripping at the cloud, as astronomers have observed that it’s edges are being shredded by the powerful gravitational forces of the supermassive black hole.
Sagittarius A* ultimately will vacuum the plasma cloud into it’s core, stretching it out into something similar to a lengthy noodle! Scientists do not know when the final result will occur, as it only is being seen that the plasma cloud is shredding. They intend to use the studies of this event to understand how black holes work with the ways they operate in the consumptions and destructions of other objects that get caught within their intense gravitational forces!
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A seemingly similar world has been spotted right next door! Exciting! It seems that astronomers whom have been making recent and detailed observations of the night skies have succeeded in locating what must be the nearest planet that is orbiting a star which is not The Sun. It possibly is where many would have expected it to be located, yet now there is the verification of it’s existence.
Right next door (at 4.3 light years, or 25,278,089,104,689.51 miles away), a new world has been discovered! It appears to have a likeness to our Earth, in that it is a mere amount more than the mass of our world. This makes the newly-discovered exoplanet the lightest world outside of our solar system to be identified, thus far!
La Silla Paranal Observatory at Chile is where this discovery was made. Through the use of the powerful HARPS Instrument, precise peerings into nearby regions of our Milky Way have allowed us to see more of what is sitting right next door. Alpha Centauri, the ternary stellar system which is the nearest star system to our own, hosts an Earth-like world around one of it’s stars!
The observations are preliminary, but what has been revealed is that a planet with some possible likenesses to our Earth is in orbit of Alpha Centauri B. It is not immediately akin to Earth, as it is much closer to it’s star. Floating at an average range of three million miles away from Alpha Centauri B, it is practically in the face of it’s star! This world is closer to Alpha Centauri B than Mercury is to The Sun. This world is on fire!
Currently, the planet has been designated as Alpha Centauri Bb. It’s host star, Alpha Centauri B, is a part of the three-star system, which is the closest star system to our own solar system within our Milky Way Galaxy. This system contains Alpha Centauri B, along with Alpha Centauri A, and Proxima Centauri.
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This world is ON FIRE!!!
Studies of outer space continue to be so captivating because of the continuous levels of awe and inspiration that accompany every image that is captured! I was looking through some prior notes and online clips on some of the recent presentations, which took me to one of the possibly strangest planetary objects within our Milky Way Galaxy!
It was during 2008 that the talented team working with The Hubble Space Telescope identified particular stars within The Auriga Constellation. This is a grouping of stars that is visible from the northern hemisphere of our planet. Designated as M32, major stars within Auriga include Capella, Hasseleh, Hoedus 1, Hoedus 11, and Menkalinan. Capella, formally entitled Alpha Auriga, is the sixth-brightest star in the sky!
Eight of the stars within Auriga are known to have planets. WASP-12 is the major star of this constellation, which is a yellow dwarf, akin to our Sun. It’s orbiting world, WASP-12b, orbits exeptionally close to WASP-12. The distance has been calculated to be one-fortieth of the distance that separates Earth from The Sun! This lack of area is at a point that the planet’s atmosphere is sucked off by the heat of WASP-12at a level of 189 quadrillion tons, annually!
SuperWASP has been working to identify extrasolar planets in transit of their host stars since the beginning of the 21st century. It was during September of 2006 when the group located WASP-1b and WASP-2b. There is at least one uncomfirmed world, GD 66 b, which was first identified during 2008. It orbits GD 66, a white dwarf star that also is a pulsar, which is 170 light years away from us!