May 18, 2018

39: New search for extra-terrestrial intelligence underway

39: New search for extra-terrestrial intelligence underway

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*New search for extra-terrestrial intelligence underway at Australia's Parkes Dish 

A new phase in a project to search the heavens for signs of Extra-Terrestrial intelligence has just commenced at the CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope. *Space Agency looking for a home It will be another six months before the Federal government decides on a location for Australia’s new Space Agency. 

*Maiden flight for newest version of the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX has successfully carried out the maiden flight of its new Falcon 9 Full Thrust Block 5 launch vehicle – the rocket which will be taking astronauts to the Space Station possibly by the end of the year. – something which hasn’t happened from American soil since July 8th 2011 when the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off on its final mission on STS-135. You tube video url: 

*First confirmed carbon rich asteroid discovered in the Kuiper Belt Astronomers have discovered their first carbon rich asteroid in the Kuiper Belt at the cold outer rim of the Solar System. 

*Robonaut-2 returns to Earth in a Dragon Pacific splash down Robonaut-2 - that humanoid robot sent to work on the Space Station back in 2011 has returned to Earth after failing to power up in orbit.The stig like robot was a passenger aboard the SpaceX Dragon CRS 14 cargo ship splashing down right on target in the North Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. 

*China’s busy launch schedule continues A Chinese Long March 4C rocket has carried Beijing’s new Gaofen-5 remote sensing satellite into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China’s Shanxi Province. Meanwhile, a Long March 3B rocket carrying the APStar -6C telecommunications satellite has blasted into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province. 

*The Science Report The ABS using cell phones to track the movements of Australian citizens without their permission. Increasing life expectancy by up to 14 years. How the world’s biggest animals Humpback and Blue Whales got their Baleen. The private lives of Australia’s southern hairy-nosed wombat revealed. The ancient New Zealand pigeon species related to the Dodo. Time for another cure for baldness with the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine found to boost hair growth. 

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