We are not the passengers of the ship named “Earth”. We are his team.
Marshall McLuhan, canadian philosopher
What would happen if you put together all the fantastic ships, coined by science fiction of the 20th century, and a formula of a starship? Rusty titanium case with a sign “Millennium machine”, solar sail (and in the case of wind — solar paddles), the dark matter generator, and calico colored toilet paper, as well as managing all this mess Artificial Intelligence models Windows 2050 with delusions of grandeur and a pleasant female voice, counting down the time before the explosion of the ship’s reactor.
Oh Yes, it would be a good ship. One-legged cyborg-the boatswain, not parting with a jar of deuterium, would include the night side lights (so we don’t crash into someone at subluminal speed, and FTL — us), and the captain nervously poked a finger at the colorful buttons on the command panels of the bridge and shouted: “Where’s the lighter?”. Continue reading
While it “calculated” on the computer
In 2006, the Solar system lost one of the nine planets — Pluto stripped of planet status due to negligible size. But the discovery of American scientists threatens to return the ninth planet in the system — found a new celestial body, claiming the title.
The staff of the California Institute of technology Michael brown and Konstantin Batygin has published a paper in the reputable scientific journal “Astronomical journal” about his study, in which they “discovered” a new planet in the Solar system.
Celestial body has a mass of 5-10 times larger than our planet, and is about 20 times farther from Earth than Neptune. Despite the fact that Neptune is the most distant planet, until it 4300 million kilometers. Accordingly, before “the ninth planet” – about 8600 million. The problem is that open planet. while no one was looking through a telescope, it was discovered through computer simulation. However, the accuracy of such simulations is very high today. Continue reading
Unlikely in 1930, when the world learned of the existence of Pluto, someone could believe that someday people will be able to find there their last resting place. However, this can happen very soon. NASA space ship with the remains of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, had almost reached the destination. The journey of the ship lasts for more than 9 years. Soon NASA promises to publish the first pictures from the distant dwarf planet, the study of which may help answer many questions about the origin of the entire Solar system.
kosmicheskiy the NASA New Horizons spacecraft has begun to explore Pluto. The aircraft approached the icy dwarf so much that this week the staff of the American space Agency promise to show him the first Pictures. The input apparatus into the atmosphere of the dwarf planet is scheduled for July 2015.
Note that the distance to Pluto is 30 times more than from the earth to the Sun, and the spacecraft New Horizons was launched back in early 2006. On his way the machine New Horizons flew past Jupiter and Saturn, in the literal sense, rebounding from their orbits, which gave the ship a significant acceleration. Up to this point most distant mission was considered an American Kosmicheskaya flight of Voyager, which in 1980 had reached Saturn. Continue reading