The news-sphere was alive today, September 21st, 2013, with many reports pertaining to things living (and fairly finally dead). We’ve got sequences and atrocities and discoveries, oh my! Just goes to show that reality has way more going on than fiction and you can’t make this stuff up. We start with tiger sequencing after the break.
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The last five missions of the 29-year-old Space Shuttle have been planned, anticipating completion of the International Space Station (ISS) before the culmination of 2010, reports Discovery News. February looks to see the launch of the shuttle Endeavor: to deliver the Tranquility node which will serve as quarters for four crew members, as well as the Cupola (pictured above), an Italian-built window for 360-degree views to be utilized to keep an eye on space-walkers, the earth, and the stars by the inhabitants of the ISS. Then the shuttle Discovery will be launched in March to deliver spare parts, which scientists hope will keep the station operational through at least 2020. Shuttle Atlantis will take its final flight in May, delivering a Russian-made space dock and research node.
European astronomers have found 32 new planets beyond our solar system, 6 of which are termed superEarths, in that they are similar to our own planet just larger. Sure, that gives hope to those of us who listen to Stephen Hawkings in regards to the time-table humanity has left, so we shift to NASA’s development of the post-Space Shuttle mode of space travel: the Ares 1.
A committee commissioned to scrutinize the upcoming project determined that without an influx of $30 million in the next ten years, the projected 2020 return to the moon (to develop moon-bases as a launch off point for trips to Mars), would not be met. They essentially expect the Ares to never get off the ground.
This is comforting to me because I know now that the smartest people on the planet are just as stupid as I am. Which is a frightening thought because I at least don’t have access to enough fuel to reach escape velocity. Yet.