Sunday, October 29, 2006

Google Mars

You just have to love Google. Click to Google Mars. The maps are going to only get better now that the latest U.S. craft orbiting Mars, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is a picture taken shortly after the craft entered into it's final orbit after months of aerobraking.

Save Hubble!!!

This is a new attempt as the old blog died and Goggle won't update it anymore because of some arcane technical reason. You can still get old posts by clicking HERE

Okay, gang! What is on for today? First, Duke University scientists, in conjucntion with a College of London physicist, John Pendry, announced the development of a "cloaking device" . Technically, they used negative-index-of-refraction metamaterials. See the EE Times article and this Blogs earlier notation "Cloaking Break through" about this fun stuff.

Also, click below to read about the Halloween postcard from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope showing a worm-like structure. Very interesting! JPL.NASA.GOV: Feature Stories

Okay, so you want more odd stuff? Earlier this year, in February, there was a conference in New Mexico of the Space Technology & Applications International Forum (STAIF). As reported by, there were discussions of the possiblity of faster than light travel using an Alcubierre warp drive using a rotating superconductor. See the article here and read about Mexican scientists warp drive proposal in an earlier post below.

Read about the upcoming decision to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The previous NASA director made a bad decision to sacrifice Hubble after the last Shuttle disaster. There was a fear of more problems in orbit that would not allow an emergency docking with the ISS. A flight would allowan already built Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3 to be installed. The current NASA director, a phycist and engineer may well reverse the former director's crazy decision to sacrifice Hubble.

Speaking of the Cosmos, see The Physics of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations by physicist Michio Kaku.