Trump announces new “Space Force” military branch

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

We never saw any of that happen except for some anti-satellite missile tests from high flying F-16s.

No Ray guns.

No "pew-pew".

The scientists had a good laugh, though when they pointed out that the only defence that an ICBM needed from a laser blast (cost: 10s of billions per shot) was a cheap, ablative, burn-away paint coating (cost a couple of $1000 per missile).

Yep but it made Gorbachev blink first
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Yep but it made Gorbachev blink first

Lucky he didn't overreact:

This is actually starting to make some sense.

The Americans are desperate to get this next gen fighter off the ground.

Nobody wants the pos
I don't know what article you were reading the F-35 wasn't even mentioned in this one
The reality is that manned flight is no longer cutting edge.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Going from a hole in the ground to an EMP knocking out all electronics across the nation permanently is a win for which side?

Knocking out the GPS network is a win-win for whomever is smart enough to not put all their eggs in one technological basket.
Bar Sinister
Steve Carell, 'Office' producers reteam for 'Space Force' comedy on Netflix
Associated Press
January 16, 2019
January 16, 2019 4:10 PM EST
Steve Carell and Greg Daniels Co-Create...
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LOS ANGELES — Steve Carell is starring in a new workplace comedy that could be out of this world.
Netflix said Wednesday that Carell is re-teaming with “The Office” producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein on the series “Space Force.”
It’s about the people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services focused on space, the streaming service said.
The premise is grounded in reality: Last year, the Trump administration directed the Pentagon to form a Space Command aimed at the creation of a Space Force branch.
Carell and Daniels are the sitcom’s co-creators and will serve as executive producers along with Klein.
Daniels co-created NBC’s 2005-2013 “The Office,” based on the original Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant U.K. mockumentary series.
They can join all the 'spaced out men' the US has.
Here is a good example of the hogwash people will buy as NASA gobbles up billions for their animation studio.
Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable world just 31 light-years away, thanks to NASA's planet-hunting telescope

August 01, 2019 News
  • NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite telescope discovered a new planet orbiting a star in the Hydra constellation. When scientists examined the data, they noticed two other planets circling the star.
  • One of these new worlds could support liquid water if its atmosphere is thick enough. Scientists need to study it further to find out whether that's the case.
  • At only 31 light-years away, the newly discovered planet is among the closest exoplanets ever detected.
Just 31 light-years away, one of the closest worlds ever detected could harbor liquid water on its surface.
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS — a super-powerful orbiting telescope that scouts the sky for alien worlds — spotted a new planet circling a nearby star in the Hydra constellation. When astronomers checked the star for confirmation, they discovered two more worlds orbiting it.
One of those planets, called GJ 357 d, could support liquid water if it turns out to have a thick atmosphere and be made of rock.
It's among the 45 closest exoplanets confirmed to date, out of a total 4,025 planets tallied so far outside our solar system.
A potentially watery world

This planet system is the third-closest identified using the "transit" method, in which telescopes watch for tiny dips in a star's brightness that could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. The Kepler telescope pioneered the technique, though it's been refined by TESS.
The promising planet is in its star's "habitable zone," the range of distances in which a rocky world could have the right surface temperature for liquid water to exist.
"GJ 357 d is located within the outer edge of its star's habitable zone, where it receives about the same amount of stellar energy from its star as Mars does from the Sun," Diana Kossakowski, a member of the team that discovered the planet, said in a press release.

"If the planet has a dense atmosphere, which will take future studies to determine, it could trap enough heat to warm the planet and allow liquid water on its surface," Kossakowski said.
If the planet turns out to have no atmosphere, however, its surface would be about -64 degrees Fahrenheit, well below water's freezing point.
GJ 357 d's mass is at least 6.1 times Earth's, and the planet orbits its tiny star every 55.7 days. Scientists can't say much about else about it without further study though.
TESS is only halfway done

TESS, NASA's most powerful planet-hunting telescope ever, watches thousands of stars for transits.
The telescope observes one section of the sky for 27 days at a time, before moving on to a new patch. It divides each half of the sky (the northern half and the southern half) into 13 patches, as shown in the NASA graphic below. The spacecraft completed the southern half of its journey this month and turned to the northern sky.
When the mission ends around this time next year, TESS will have observed over 85% of the sky.
So far, the telescope has found over 850 potential new planets. The next step is for ground-based telescopes to examine the stars that these planets might be orbiting and detect whether the planets indeed exert a gravitational pull.
That process is what enabled researchers to find GJ 357 d. As they were working to confirm the planet that TESS spotted, they noticed gravitational pulls from two others. (TESS didn't spot those two worlds because their orbits don't pass between their star and the telescope.)
So far, only 24 of the exoplanets that TESS has spotted have been confirmed. Earlier this week, astronomers confirmed three nearby planets the telescope detected, including a "super-Earth," though none is thought to have liquid water.
Scientists expect the telescope to identify thousands of exoplanet candidates before the mission ends. Some of those could be habitable, including GJ 357 d.
"The team is currently focused on finding the best candidates to confirm by ground-based follow-up," Natalia Guerrero, who manages the MIT team that identifies exoplanet candidates, said in a NASA press release last week. "But there are many more potential exoplanet candidates in the data yet to be analyzed, so we're really just seeing the tip of the iceberg here."
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Curious Cdn
An Earth-like planet only 31 light years away,eh?

We'd better get our nukes ready now to intercept them before they reach us!
We will destroy ourselves long before aliens will as it is already well underway.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

We will destroy ourselves long before aliens will as it is already well underway.

It's better for the rest of the Planet in the long run.