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"Welcome to the adult universe!"

Keith Hudson

Just what effect would it have on us if we knew that there was intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?  I ask the question because another new project, Breakthrough Listen, which will search the entire galactic plane of the . 567 more words

New Horizons to Pluto and The Kuiper Belt – Part 2

An Extraordinary Challenge
Unmanned missions to the planets are challenging undertakings at the best of times. As examples, until recently about half of all mission to Mars ended in failure; while the Voyager 1 & 2 Grand Tour of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune was only possible through the 1970’s and 80’s because of an alignment of the giant planets that only happens every 279 years, and which was needed to gravitationally assist the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft as they travelled from one planet to the next (called a gravitational sling-shot). 3,950 more words

Cosmic Perspectives

New Horizons to Pluto and The Kuiper Belt - Part 1

Introduction – A Moment of Exploration and Discovery

Over the coming week a compact unmanned space probe called New Horizons will fly by the dwarf planet Pluto, making its closest approach on July 14th. 2,838 more words

Cosmic Perspectives

Why haven't we been able contact intelligent civilisations in space?

The reason why we haven’t encountered or detected intelligent life on other planets is not because it hasn’t evolved elsewhere. It has probably evolved in our own galaxy hundreds of thousands of times. 546 more words


Is there intelligence in space?

While the possibility for life is hugely likely, given the immense time and enormous quantity of planets, the evolution of intelligence is another matter. That requires even greater overcoming of limitations. 238 more words