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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.

China’s ambitious plan for Mars

Continuing our coverage on China’s space program, Euronews.com is reporting the country’s high-definition Earth observation project is successfully operational and in orbit. A microwave remote sensing satellite capable of providing photographs with a ground-level resolution of less than a metre.

“With that level of accuracy, you can easily identify someone’s face from space.”

The PRC said it will be used for urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimates, disaster relief and more. A similar lens and satellite technology is being developed by Teledyne in the United States. More coverage on them soon…But China’s sites aren’t just on the Earth.

Out in the Gobi Desert, China’s next generation of explorers are learning how to live and work on other planets at MARS BASE 1. A state of the art self-sustaining facility with food, water, supplies and rovers!

Whoever gets to Mars first, it’s likely they’ll be greeted by a thriving microbial ecosystem.

“Former NASA scientist Gilbert Levin said he’s convinced we’ve already detected life on Mars, back in the 70’s”

NASA’s Viking Missions discovered surface water, methane, ammonia and other common ingredients for life. Adding to the mystery are the “wormlike” features appearing in Curiosity Rover images.

And further into the frontier, data from the Cassini Mission has found evidence of Amino Acids on Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus. A researcher on the project said, “This work shows that Enceladus’ ocean has reactive building blocks in abundance, and it’s another green light in the investigation of the habitability of Enceladus.” And when it comes to aliens, a recent Nobel Prize winner is convinced we’ll find ET before 2050 (in 30 years), saying,

“I can’t believe we are the only living entity in the universe.”

There are just way too many planets, way too many stars, and the chemistry is universal. The chemistry that led to life has to happen elsewhere.” – Didier Quelled

In a biological universe, life would be the rule, not the exception. We’ll keep you posted as the answer to this question seems inevitable.

Closer to home, interplanetary startup Mars City Design is breaking new ground with an innovative approach to space tourism. Cooking a meal with ingredients only found on the Red Planet. A special event with some of the biggest names in the industry. NASA, JPL, Bloomberg, SpaceX and cast of Amazon’s Expanse.

And following up on the recent spat between NASA and SpaceX, Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine mended fences at a recent meetup in California to discuss future deadlines and challenges of aerospace engineering. While the event was press friendly, behind the scenes NASA is still managing the fallout from Elon’s appearance on the Joe Rogen Experience and moving forward with a safety assessment review to ensure a drug-free workplace under the Strainer contract.

While cannabis is legal in many states, it’s still illegal on the federal level. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “As an agency we’re not just leading ourselves but our contractors, as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”

In other job news, an update from our friends at SpaceTalent.org. Third quarter saw accelerated capital inflows and significant industry developments across the space economy. Driving much of the surge in investment this quarter was Jeff Bezos’ estimated $1.4B, following the sale of $2.8B of his Amazon stock. Also contributing were several large funding rounds for

Relativity Space ($140M)
Synspective ($80M)
HawkEye 360 ($70M)
Spire ($40M)

A real sign of just how vibrant the space industry is becoming download the full report here.

One startup we’ve had our eye on is LeoLabs. With their Kiwi Space Radar in place, they can track objects as small as 2 centimeters. And for good reason…

Swarm Technologies just got approval from the FCC to launch hundreds of sandwich sized satellites to connect smart devices around the world. Currently there are nearly 2,0000 operating satellites, 2800 inactive ones, and by 2030 that could jump to over 200,000. SpaceX and ORBCOMM have filed complaints, but Swarm’s application has been granted, adding more devices to our crowded skies.

Building a master control for space is smart bet.

Finally, cool new space suits! NASA’s next generation design for the Artemis missions with improved mobility and new tech throughout.

Not to be outdone, Virgin and Under Armour unveil a full line of “Spacewear” with plans to make space-related performance gear available to the public.

From space suits to space walks, a big shoutout to astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir for completing the first all-female space walk. One of the most difficult things to do, and their mission was flawless. Well done.

NAVY opens up about UFO’s

We begin with the ongoing mystery surrounding the NAVY’s biggest viral hit

A story we’ve been following for some time on Space Channel News and recently, Popular Mechanics published an exclusive interview with operational specialists, radar operators and crew from the Nimitz to gain a different perspective of the incident.

“Their accounts provide overwhelming evidence that ‘someone’ was very interested in this event.”

Recorders for the ship’s advanced Combat Engagement Center (CEC) were wiped clean, along with the optical drives containing all the radio communications. There were Men in Black….Non Disclosure Agreements. Secret Helicopters. Black Boxes confiscated…and much more. Some great journalism from Popular Mechanics. Check out the Article HERE

Disclosure seems inevitable.

From official military footage to backyard cell phone video – sightings around the world are on the rise, and this one in particular caught our attention.

“A fleet of nearly identical unidentified aerial anomaly’s were spotted above Utah and North Carolina on the same day.” 

Adding to the mystery, another clip of hovering lights has emerged with similar timing to the other claims. A lot of these UFO’s could be flares or some other anomaly, but with the growing frequency of appearances and strange formations, these videos are hard to ignore.

Most likely, we’re being punked by the Space Force

If those floating lights are truly extraterrestrial, NASA’s new space telescope will probably find their home planet. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be scanning nearby stars for ‘dimming events’ that happen when planets pass in front of their host stars, blocking some of the starlight. This data can indicate the size and orbit of exoplanets.

Between ground-based observations, ESA and NASA missions, astronomers are expecting to map over 50,000 exoplanet candidates in the next 10 years. An incredible age of discovery!

And that’s a small part of the Galaxy. It’s possible, there are many more.

Using a 250-year old mathematical concept known as the Titius-Bode Law, which correctly inferred the existence of Uranus before it was observed – has predicted our galaxy has literally trillions of habitable planets and moons.

“This means every star in the night sky has at least one to three rocky worlds with water and potentially life. Wow.”

As the hunt for ET rages on, China’s state-run media announced a bold new plan for manned missions to Mars. In the report from Beijing , China’s astronauts (Taikonauts) will first land on the Moon, set up bases for scientific operations, then journey to Mars to search for life

Check out our previous report on China’s Martian training facility in the Gobi desert. There’s no doubt they’ll be on Mars within the decade.

Currently, NASA is leading the world when it comes to Mars exploration, and recently found evidence of a mysterious oasis in Gale Crater, a one hundred mile-wide dry lakebed. This new data is showing unexpected oxygen fluctuations, suggesting it is being produced, and then removed from the atmosphere

“We’re struggling to explain this,” said Melissa Trainer, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The fact that the oxygen behavior isn’t perfectly repeatable every season makes us think that it’s not an issue that has to do with atmospheric dynamics. It has to be some chemical source we can’t yet account for.” 

While NASA’s rovers explore Mars from afar, Japan is bringing an actual asteroid back to Earth!

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The probe will be returning with “carbon and organic matter” traveling over 186 million miles to drop off samples in Earth’s atmosphere with an expected landing next year in Southern Australia.

“Japan has landed on an asteroid traveling thousands of miles per hour, blasted it, collected material and returning those pieces back to Earth!!!!” BRAVO Japan.

The first space themed ETF is now trading on NASDAQ, as “UFO” Crop circle this for your 401k!

The space industry is really taking off….financially as well.

Wall Street is expecting Space to become a multi-trillion dollar business. As we’ve been covering on Space Channel News, millions of dollars are flowing into companies like Relativity Space, Leo Labs and just recently Virgin Galactic becoming the first publicly traded Space Tourism company! SPCE

So how do ordinary investors keep up and get involved? Check out ProcureAM

They’ve put together a bundle of 30 top performing space companies in an ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) called….wait for it….UFO! We’ll be covering ProcureAM extensively in future newscasts.

And a cool moment in space history, H.R. 1396 – The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act has been signed into law by President Trump. The honor goes to Katherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their service to the United States during the space race. But President Trump took things one step further with an additional Gold Medal Honor for ALL the women who served as computer programmers, mathematicians and engineers at NASA between the 1930’s and 1970’s. Fantastic….and well deserved by all of them!

From Hidden Figures, to the hidden Universe…A mind bending new book from theoretical physicist Sean Carroll suggests every important event in our lives has multiple possible outcomes and splits the Universe into alternate realities.

According to Carroll, since we are intrinsically connected to the quantum field, different versions of you share the same memories and have every right to be thought of as ‘you,’ but they’re separate people in a different universe. The number of universal branches increases over time, and the older you get, the more versions of ‘you’ there are.”

Basically, this confirms the existence good Spock, and evil Spock.

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