Comets fascinate the human mind since ancient people first noticed the white tail streaking through the night starry sky. We remember the date when the comet flies past the Earth once a century or even less often and remember all our lives. In the middle ages in Europe, the appearance of comets was often linked to various natural disasters and diseases. In religion, these heavenly bodies also play an important role. For example, in the New Testament, the comet heralded the birth of Christ.

Astronomers find comets also interesting and fascinating space objects, because they are witnesses of great historical events and even carry evidence of them.

The comet is a relatively small object in our solar system, usually having a diameter of several kilometers. Sometimes called “dirty snowballs” because of their component substances. Usually comets are composed of the following four elements:


Ice (water, ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide)

Some organic materials (e.g., resin)

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Future technology

Space tourists have already bought vouchers from Roscosmos for millions of dollars, which means that interplanetary travel ceased to be only a figment of the imagination of science fiction writers. Mankind has realized at last that the earth’s resources ischerpaemy, and set his sights on the conquest of the territories on a much larger scale and very different properties. There will be dozens or hundreds of years, and prepapre…our great grandchildren, perhaps when meeting have to introduce myself, “Hey, Hey, I’m from Earth. We got such a strong gravitational field, and there’s somehow easier to breathe”.

Interesting development in this area is the space Elevator, which will allow you to run in a cargo space without using rocket equipment. For the first time this thought Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and in the twenty-first century NASA is already funding the development of this project. In the future it will be cheaper than building the missiles the media.

In fact, it must be a cable anchored to the Earth’s surface on a moving vessel at one end and the other adjacent to the space station, fixed stationary relatively to the planet. Continue reading

What engine will go to the stars?

I must say that the problem of space distances increasingly asserting itself. Chemical rockets on its effectiveness has exhausted itself for the future. Even the nearest planets of the Solar system on them to fly extremely long. Nuclear space engines while not in orbit, but on paper. Ion on a large scale. The spacecraft with solar sails will be valid only within the Solar system.

What engine to fly to the stars and how? After all, even with a nuclear engine will take flight for decades and centuries! Why? Because, according to theories, it is impossible to exceed the speed of light. And by estimations of astronomers, the nearest star to Earth with exoplanets (a planet similar to earth) is at a distance of 13 light years.

It is about exoplanet Kapteyn b, which is presumably suitable for life. For those who do not know: for light year, the astronomers believe the distance that a beam of light passes in our earth year at the speed of 300,000 kilometers per second. Other discovered exoplanets: Gliese 832c (16 light years), Gliese 667 Cc (22,7 light years), Kepler 186f (500 light years), Kepler 62f (1200 light years). But on a normal ship flight to the nearest star to us (alpha and Proxima Centauri – the distance in four and a half light years) will take time-75 thousand years. Of course, not light, but ordinary, earthly years. Continue reading

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