“New Space Superpower” –China’s Chang’e-4 Blasts Off to the Far Side of the Moon

Aitken Basin Moon

 

Probing the lunar far side ‘radio environment’ to creating a mini biosphere: China launched the Chang’e-4 lunar probe rover early Saturday on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang Space Center at 2:23 am (1823 GMT) Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Destined to touchdown around the New Year on the far side of the moon at the Von Kármán crater in Aitken Basin in the craggy and complex terrain of the lunar south pole region, the mission is global first that would boost Beijing’s ambitions to become a space superpower.

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Heard In the Milky Way –“Thinking Like a Planet to Earth in 10,000 Years”

 

Today’s eclectic coverage of TV programs broadcast on the state of affairs on our pale blue planet, signaling our presence to other possible civilizations in the Milky Way.

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“All the Light”– In the History of the Observable Universe

Galaxies in Milky Way

 

From our tiny blue water planet, the universe appears inconceivably vast. In the grand cosmic scheme of things, all the light in the observable universe provides about as much illumination as a 60-watt bulb seen from 2.5 miles away, says Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at Clemson University, who led a team that has measured all of the starlight ever produced throughout the history of the observable universe.

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China Denies Alien Search With World’s Largest Radio Telescope

 

 

 

China’s National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC) denied on Tuesday that the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will begin searching for aliens in 2019, in contrast to past comments by Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society that with FAST “We can receive weaker and more distant radio messages,” said , “It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe,” underscoring the China’s race to be the first nation to discover the existence of an advanced alien civilization.

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“Astonishing New Theory” –‘Dark Matter & Dark Energy Are a Fluid’

A simulation of the dark matter distribution in the universe 13.6 billion years ago.

 

“We now think that both dark matter and dark energy can be unified into a fluid which possesses a type of ‘negative gravity’, repelling all other material around them,” says Jamie Farnes from the Oxford University e-Research Center. “The outcome seems rather beautiful: dark energy and dark matter can be unified into a single substance, with both effects being simply explainable as positive mass matter surfing on a sea of negative masses.”

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“Inside Story” –The Hubble Camera that Unveiled the Mysteries of the Cosmos 

Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2)

 

“They were sharp,” said the JPL’s John Trauger, of the images Hubble captured after astronauts fixed a fatal flaw in its primary mirror discovered soon after the space telescope’s launch in 1990 . “And it wasn’t just that we had pictures that looked amazing, it was that we were making new discoveries right away. There were things in the images that we’d never seen before.”

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