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If you can't explore virgin places in our planet, no problem. There is still plenty of room left in outer space, and it does not take NASA to start exploring it.

Are We Going To Tear Other Planets Apart? - Space exploration by humans is still an incipient activity but we have to thing whether we will recklessly do to other planets the same that we did on our own, or are we going to be more careful.

Aquarius Yields NASA'S First Global Map Of Ocean Salinity - NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.

NASA'S Spitzer Sees Crystal 'Rain' In Outer Clouds Of Infant Star - Tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a burgeoning star, according to observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA Spacecraft Reveals Dramatic Changes In Mars' Atmosphere - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies. This process can affect the stability of liquid water if it exists on the Martian surface and increase the frequency and severity of Martian dust storms.

NASA Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge - Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Captures Ocean-Like Spray At Saturn Moon - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered the best evidence yet for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The data came from the spacecraft's direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon.

NASA'S Spitzer Finds Distant Galaxies Grazed On Gas - Galaxies once thought of as voracious tigers are more like grazing cows, according to a new study using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing On Mars - Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.

Exobiology's Roulette - It is a statistical fact that as the number of iterations of any probable event increase, odds tend to become something more like certainty than anything else; so, in an universe that were really infinite there would be no odds but certain things, and assuming that ours is just that, then in order to expand our knowledge and understanding about it we should start to assume that some things, like the probability of life outside Earth, should be considered as a fact.

Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars - Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds probably were ejected from developing planetary systems.

How Cats And Wasps Relate To Each Other - The most similar ting to a cosmic cat in which we can think about is the monster of the Alien movie series, starring Sigourney Weaver, among others. In reality, it seems that H.R. Giger, the creator of the monster was really thinking about a sort of cosmic cat-wasp combination, arguing that both the cat and the wasp are the most self-sufficient predators in the animal kingdom.

The ideas of Kardashev to measure the progress of any civilisation in the cosmos - Nikolai Kardashev, a Russian astronomer, published in 1964 a paper that received little attention by the general public at a worldwide level but was nevertheless, pretty significant; the astronomer established a scale to measure the advancement of civilisations by measuring their energy consumption. This method is useful to study the most primitive of our Earth-based civilisations as well as ours at the present day and any other civilisation in the universe that might strive to conquer the cosmos. In other words, the scale of Kardashev, as it is known now, can be used to measure our degree of advancement in science and technology as compare to any other life forms that might be lurking out there, in space.

Human Factors - An aircraft is not an isolated entity within the environment; airplanes, helicopters and so never fly on their own but are managed by crews, are under the jurisdiction of regulations that work within vast systems in which many different organisms and people take part.

Always Carry A Backup Compass, It Is A Matter Of Survival - A compass is not very costly, and carrying one as a backup tool may prove essential for survival if our primary navigation systems suffers a malfunction when we need it most.

Notes on Orbiter Space Flight Simulator (I) - Orbiter is a space flight simulator for which I have developed usable models of Star Trek and Star Wars spacecraft.

Faster Than Light? (I) - Some stupid ideas of the kind that sometimes we should ask ourselves about our universe.

Comments on simulation systems (I) - Comments and thoughts on the factors that affect simulators.

Weather Forecasting Advice: Getting Acquainted With The Mesosphere - A brief explanation about the mesosphere and its importance.

Weather Forecasting Advice: Getting Acquainted With The Exosphere - A brief explanation about the exosphere and its importance.

FIDAE 2004 - World Experts Re-Join in Conferences of FIDAE 2004 - Since in every opportunity FIDAE it will receive in its) facilities a series of relevant conferences for the aerospace world world.

FIDAE 2004 - Worried by the Environment - FIDAE 2004 adds as new challenge, political environmental that synchronize with the accomplishment of the event.

FIDAE 2004 - Leader in Latin America Par Excellence - One of the principal points that define FIDAE 2004, as the major aeronautical modal of Latin America, is his aptitude to modernize and to adapt to the changes that take place day after day in the commercial and military aviation of the whole orb.

UFOs Or Self Delusion? - Several governments have recognised the existence of unidentified flying objects but are we trying to see more than really is there?

Surviving all possible planetary catastrophes - In the long run we will all be death, right? Maybe not, but what should humankind do in order to survive in the millennia to come? This question is not just something that has religion as its reference point, but actually science.

NASA and NOAA mark 50 years of weather watching from space - Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future.

Towards Interstellar Exploration - Exploring has been one of our defining characteristics as species, and being outer space infinitely more vast than Earth it is a matter of time since we will begin travelling to the stars; to do that it is necessary to develop means to travel faster than light, something that seems closer to reality since Miguel Alcubierre demonstrated the theoretical feasibility of that.

What Odds Of Survival Would We Have In An Epochal Catastrophe Of Solar-System Proportions? - Could our species and our culture survive something bigger than a global-scale cataclism? Could animal and vegetal species survive? What would we need for survival?

What Would Happen If We Find Life Outside Earth? - Some say that it could easily become the most important scientific event of all history but what kind of impact it could have on us?

Ufology Versus Exobiology? - Belief Versus Science? - Could ufology become a respected science or will it always belong to the field of the esoteric and pseudoscientific?

A Place To Visit In Space: HD 80606b - Planet HD 80606b would be an exciting place to visit once adequate propulsion systems like the Warp engine envisioned by Dr. Alcubierre comes into existence; the reason is that this planet is the celestial body that has the most violent atmospheric storms ever detected, according to a paper recently published in Nature magazine.

Do you like to watch the moon? - Since ancient times and probably long before people knew how to write and read, humans have been watching the moon; now you can do the same, but with a little help to make your moon watching sessions even better.

The Reader Of Universes - I have books, lots of them, thousands, tens of thousands; I am obsessed with knowledge and wisdom and despite what you may think now, probably the first time you ever noticed my existence in life, I have read them one by one.

Space Exploration (I) - Flying a spacecraft and trying to reach another celestial body is quite like trying to find a particular micro organism in that room - not a species, but an individual. Learn a few things on simulated spaceflight and the development of future technologies.

Support Space Exploration (I) - Our place is Earth, but our duty is to move forward, even to other planets.

NASA Study Shows Health, Food Security Benefits From Climate Change Actions - A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.

NASA Cold Weather Airborne Campaign to Measure Falling Snow - Beginning Jan. 17, NASA will fly an airborne science laboratory above Canadian snowstorms to tackle a difficult challenge facing the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission - measuring snowfall from space.

NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets - Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.

NASA's Hubble Breaks New Ground With Distant Supernova Discovery - Washington - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has looked deep into the distant universe and detected the feeble glow of a star that exploded more than 9 billion years ago. The sighting is the first finding of an ambitious survey that will help astronomers place better constraints on the nature of dark energy, the mysterious repulsive force that is causing the universe to fly apart ever faster.

Hubble Solves Mystery On Source Of Supernova In Nearby Galaxy - Washington - Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have solved a longstanding mystery on the type of star, or so-called progenitor, which caused a supernova seen in a nearby galaxy. The finding yields new observational data for pinpointing one of several scenarios that trigger such outbursts.

Lean, Green Flying Machines Closer To Reality With NASA Awards - Designs that may make airplanes greener and quieter for future generations are one step closer to reality with recent NASA contract awards.

NASA Orbiter Catches Mars Sand Dunes In Motion - Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) show sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars at dozens of locations and shifting up to several yards. These observations reveal the planet's sandy surface is more dynamic than previously thought.

International Team To Drill Beneath Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf - An international team of researchers funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will travel next month to one of Antarctica's most active, remote and harsh spots to determine how changes in the waters circulating under an active ice sheet are causing a glacier to accelerate and drain into the sea.

NASA Finds 'Merging Tsunami' Doubled Japan Destruction - NASA and Ohio State University researchers have discovered the major tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tohoku-Oki quake centered off northeastern Japan was a long-hypothesized 'merging tsunami.' The tsunami doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive power at landfall.

Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen - Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development. It is the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.

NASA Clears The Runway For Open Source Software - The NASA Open Government Initiative has launched a new website to expand the agency’s open source software development.

Educate Your Ego Before Educating Others - The way in which life, business and academic requirements are shaped today puts everyone at disadvantage, and some even in jeopardy because these conditioning elements ask too much from uneducated egos.

Calendars, Julian cycles and time travel - These days I have been doing quite a bit of work around Nerkabtu, but my main concern was the ship's calendar.

Cassini Spacecraft And Ground Telescope See Violent Saturn Storm - NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope tracked the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere so powerful it stretches around the entire planet. The rare storm has been wreaking havoc for months and shot plumes of gas high into the planet's atmosphere.

NASA apacecraft provides travel tips for Mars Rover - NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is getting important tips from an orbiting spacecraft as it explores areas that might hold clues about past Martian environments.

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