Thursday, 27 July 2017
The multi-faceted benefits of astrobiology
In a recent article entitled
"Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)"
Professor Ian Crawford captivatingly highlights
the richly variegated potential of Astrobiology
as a most valuable 21st-century means
"to broaden minds in such a way as to make the world less fragmented and dangerous".
Link to: Ian Crawford's article in "THE CONVERSATION"
Posted by Name at 12:43
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Anybody prepared to meet Asteroid 2012 TC4 ?
Could this not be the time
for a bit of space harvesting practice
as on October 12th of this year
Asteroid 2012 TC4 is expected to pass Earth
at a distance of perhaps only 7000 kilometers?
Link to: Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS)
Posted by Name at 21:21
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Luxembourg's new law on the exploration and use of space resources
This law will come into force on August 1, 2017.
It explicitly states
"Les ressources de l’espace sont susceptibles d’appropriation
en conformité avec le droit international"
and it "establishes the procedures for authorizing and supervising space exploration missions".
Link to: "SpaceResources.lu"
The English translation of the draft law is now available online.
Link to: DRAFT LAW ON THE EXPLORATION AND USE OF SPACE RESOURCES
As Planetary Resources have formulated it in their latest press release
"Luxembourg is the first European country to have a legal framework
recognising the right to space-based resources
that they have extracted in compliance with existing international law,
most notably the 1967 Outer Space Treaty."
Link to: "Space Mining Law Passes In Luxembourg"
Posted by Name at 11:52
Friday, 7 July 2017
"Giuseppe should soon be whirling towards Mercury"
Watching Bepicolombo's gravity-assist itinerary
to the planet closest to the Sun
might well make some of us
feel a little bit dizzy.
Link to: "ESA Science; BEPICOLOMBO'S JOURNEY TO MERCURY"
Link to: "Giuseppe 'Bepi' Colombo: Grandfather of the fly-by"
Posted by Name at 10:28
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