Space

Does Elon Musk's Plan Violate The Outer Space Treaty- Planetary Protection For Mars After Human Crashes

This is a news story that broke recently, on the idea that Elon Musk's plans would violate the Outer Space Treaty. The articles I've read so far focus on property rights and the  provisions in the OST that rule out ownership of territory. But th ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 15 2016 - 1:09pm

What If The Moon Had Blue Skies? One Small Change To Apollo Photos

When I wrote my kindle and online book  Case for Moon First, I was surprised to find that the  Moon is resource rich, and often beats Mars in habitability comparisons.  Yet photos of Mars released to the press look so much more Earth-like than the Moon, b ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 9 2016 - 6:53am

An Astronaut Gardener On The Moon- Summits Of Sunlight And Vast Lunar Caves In Low Gravity

Untitled Document You may have heard that the Moon is hopeless for gardening and for growing crops, and that Mars is the "go to" place for a prospective astronaut gardener. But is it? As it turns out, the Moon has some advantages over Mars, espe ...

Article - Robert Walker - Dec 17 2018 - 10:59pm

Proxima Centauri May Be More Sun-like Than Thought

The nearby star Proxima Centauri hosts an Earth-sized planet (called Proxima b) in its habitable zone but the star seems nothing like our sun. It's a small, cool, red dwarf star only one-tenth as massive and one-thousandth as luminous as the sun. How ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 12 2016 - 2:18pm

President Obama, Why Humans On Mars Right Now Are Bad For Science

President Obama, if you love science,  Please protect Mars life from contamination from Earth For Future of Exobiology- MOON FIRST ...

Article - Robert Walker - Nov 14 2016 - 7:39am

Stickney Crater: How A Martian Moon Came To Look Like The 'Death Star'

Mars' largest moon, Phobos, has captured public imagination because the dominant feature on its surface (22-kilometers across) is Stickney crater (9-km across), a mega crater that spans nearly half the moon.  The crater lends Phobos a physical resemb ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 12 2016 - 11:39am

New President- Pivot To Moon On Way To Mars? Lunar Spelunking & Science Surprises

Since President Kennedy, the Pesident by tradition sets long term objectives for human spaceflight for NASA. President Bush's vision was a return to the Moon. President Obama's vision treats the Moon as of so little interest, that the next step ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 27 2016 - 11:10am

Why Spacecraft Crash On Mars

The recent crash of the ExoMars Schiaperelli lander on Mars highlights how difficult it is to land there. So why is that? Why are landings on Mars so complex? And why do they fail so often? ESA is getting somewhat bad press for this. In my view it validat ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 30 2016 - 5:14pm

Where's the Fuzz? The 0.88-Day Periodicity of Boyajian's Star Goes Away at Key Times

[Update 11/12/2016: Is it all an optical illusion? Read the follow-up.] [Update 11/7/2016: Visually, fast drops in a time series, like those of D140 and D260, will tend to appear to squash any noise and periodicity. For that reason, analysis of presence of ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Nov 12 2016 - 11:14am

Mars Is Nothing Like The New World- Easier To Grow Your Tomatoes On Mount Everest

If Elon Musk and Robert Zubrin have their way, we may get migrations of hopefuls setting off from Earth to Mars to colonize what they believe to be a "New World". If so, what they find there will be far more like the nineteenth century Antarctic ...

Article - Robert Walker - Nov 14 2016 - 8:42am