Category: Air & Space
Meet Dr. Marco Bitetto a legally blind scientist researching interstellar navigation and developing a Synthetic Aperture Radar system for the blind.
A review of the recent AAS Hangout: The Black Hole in the Center of our Galaxy with astronomer Jessica Lu
Last weekend (Sunday May 28) I spent the day at the annual conference of the National Space Society — giving a talk, taking in the other talks, and generally absorbing the space-y energy. I came away with the clear impression that at some point in the not too distant future — in particular, once the cost of launch is decreased a fair bit — we’re going to see an incredible explosion of commercial, scientific and recreational activity in near space.
I have long had misgivings about large aggregations of computing nodes forming a mind because of speed-of-light delays. That will reduce “thinking speed,” since a mind cannot “be of one mind” if much it is not aware of the current situation due to speed-of-light delays.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced the 100 Year Starship Study, an effort to encourage long-term thinking about the realistic prospects of interstellar travel, specifically with the goal of devising a workable mission-plan within the next century. This bold call to action is exciting, but let us consider the more plausible scenarios under which such a venture might eventually occur.
Edgar Mitchell was the sixth person to walk on the moon. He was on the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 flight crew, spending a total of 9 hours on the lunar surface, in the Fra Mauro Highlands. He retired from NASA in 1972. In 1973, he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to probe what he considers to be one of the deepest mysteries of the universe — consciousness itself. His book, The Way of the Explorer, published in 2008, explained his life, his missions, and how he was affected by the experience of being in space.