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Space Channel Special Preview

Some of the best Space Channel content, featured in a half hour tour of the network! Entertainment, news, music and undisclosed locations.

An exclusive look at 21st century Space Tourism, how to prepare an authentic Martian Feast and Jazz great, David Becker explains why the Universe needs a soundtrack.

Above Area 51

In a daring maneuver, Private Pilot Gabriel Zeifman charts a course over one of the most top secret military installations, in the world.

NASA’s First Iranian-American Astronaut

Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli, fellow Space Camp Alum, and now, NASA’s first Iranian-American Astronaut. The 36 year-old immigrant said she hoped her example might inspire others from similar backgrounds.

SETI is Expanding!

NASA is expanding their search for extraterrestrial life with an a wave of upcoming SETI initiatives in the most sensitive, comprehensive and intensive searches for advanced life ever attempted.

SETI has partnered with the Breakthrough Listen project, funded by billionaire Yuri Milner to scan thousands of stars for brief dips in light that happen when planets transit their host, allowing us to obtain detailed information through ‘light curves,’ expanding the number of target planets that could be host life.

In a related effort, SETI and the VLA (Very Large Array) are teaming up to sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for intelligent civilizations.

Among the most promising systems is Trappist-1, with three Earth sized planets orbiting a cool dim star with atmospheres temperate enough for liquid water to be present on the surface.

The James Webb Telescope will also join the effort and tell us whether these planets have atmospheres like the Earth or Venus, in our first real chance to search for gases given off by life on another planet. We’re basically going to get to study Earth’s cousins, (said Meadows.)

“We’re looking forward to working together as we try to answer one of the most profound questions about our place in the Universe: Are we alone?”

As the latest technology advances bring scientists closer to answering this question, there’s still a few things to work out if we do contact ET.

Stephen Hawking was openly against the the idea, suggesting the outcome for humans would not necessarily be good.

Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI centre disagrees, stating – “Personally I think we absolutely should and I think without a doubt, we would. Part of being human is wanting to reach out into the unknown and make connections.”

He is less decisive about what Earth’s message should be, however. “I don’t know … I spend absolutely zero time thinking about that,” he said. “I guess I would just say, ‘Hello’.”

What would you say if you met an alien?

Leave a comment and Let us know…

US Space Force establishes, SPOC

The 14th Air Force unit is being transferred to the space force under, Space Operations Command, or SPOC to provide space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the US Space Force, Space Com and other combatant commands.

Many have criticized the design for its similarity to Starfleet Command, but to be fair, The Space Force emblem hasn’t really changed since the 80’s. What do you think? The logos are below…

Indiana Jones has droids!

R2D2 and C3PO always show up in the strangest places! Here is one appearance on a planet we know about, that most probably didn’t even know about. 

How mobile games are saving astronauts

One of the benefits of space exploration is how it brings so many unique industries together to solve some of our biggest challenges.

In an effort to keep humans healthy on the way to Mars, with little to no support from Earth, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, is developing a radical new approach to healthcare in an effort to solve one of microgravity’s most painful side effects: Kidney Stones.

A diagnosis that usually requires surgery, and there’s no ER in space. At least not yet…that’s a hint NBC. Low gravity environments cause a reduction in bone mass and muscle tissue, pushing excess calcium to the kidneys, resulting in extremely painful stones passing through the urinary tract. This alone could halt our progress to the inner planets.

Fourteen ISS crew  members have developed the syndrome in the last 5 years, and with longer missions on the horizon – solving this is a priority – and gaming is the answer.

At the intersection of medicine and entertainment, Level Ex is paving the way for the future of health care in far away environments. “On the way to Mars it’s likely there’ll be a physician on board but Murphy’s Law says it’s going to be the doctor who gets sick,” said Dorit Donoviel.

Providing medical training through a game, gives everyone the ability to help in an emergency…in space, or on Earth. Over the next year, the institute will work with Level Ex to develop instructional games that reproduce the effects of zero gravity, radiation and different gasses that impact the body in space.

This opens the door for an entirely new generation of doctors, gamers and creative technologists to redefine how we care for ourselves and others.

Glassenberg, one of the Level Ex developers said, “It’s one of the most exciting projects he’s ever worked on in his life!”

Is Betelgeuse about to Blow?

One of the most recognizable stars in the night sky, and also one of the biggest is about to go supernova. An explosion so big, it could be visible during the day and appear brighter than the full moon at night, for a few weeks.

The last time humans were treated to such a sight was the 17th century when a Type ONE-A star exploded in the constellation Ophiuchus. And Betelgeuse could be next. 

Over the past few months, the Red Giant has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace. This effect could be the result of massive sunspots, stellar dust or indicate the beginning stages of collapse. It’s well known Betelgeuse has no more than about 100,000 years left to burn and could start its death throes just about anytime between now and then, so mark your calendars!

The latest data suggests dimming could be the result an extended 430-day pulsation.  If this is the case, it should reach the low point towards the end of February 2020. However, Betelgeuse still appears to be even dimmer than it should be during such an extended pulsation. This could mean there are multiple factors at work in the fainting of this giant star. Whatever it is, “Something very unusual is going on,” (Guinan says.) 

So keep an eye on the skies. You can see Betelgeuse from November to February in the Southwestern Sky for our Northern Hemisphere viewers and  Northwestern sky if you’re in the Souther Hemisphere. Best seen between latitudes 85 and minus 75 degrees. Its right ascension is 5 hours, with a declination of 5 degrees, or simply, Orion’s right Shoulder.

Check back for up to the minute reports on what could the fireworks show of a lifetime.

Urine luck! Pee has value

An exclusive quarantine feed with Samson and George to discuss what Coronavirus would look like if it happened in space. Can you stop the spread, on a Moon? Plus, what you pee is penny wise! The secret ingredient we all pee out that can help us grow in space. 

Is the Sun causing an Ice Age?

Our Sun, is approaching the Grand Solar Minimum, marking its lowest activity in over 200 years. During these periods, sunspots and solar flares reach are rare, with long-lived coronal holes expanding. An effect that weakens the Sun’s magnetic field, exposing the Solar System to an abundance of high energy cosmic radiation. While the effects of this are still unknown, our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.

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