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Stephen Hawking: Space Exploration Is Key To Saving Humanity

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 12, 2013


Stephen Hawking, Cambridge, Jason Bye, 19/09/08

LOS ANGELES — Stephen Hawking, who spent his career decoding the universe and even experienced weightlessness, is urging the continuation of space exploration – for humanity’s sake.

The 71-year-old Hawking said he did not think humans would survive another 1,000 years “without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”

The British cosmologist made the remarks Tuesday before an audience of doctors, nurses and employees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he toured a stem cell laboratory that’s focused on trying to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hawking was diagnosed with the neurological disorder 50 years ago while a student at Cambridge University. He recalled how he became depressed and initially didn’t see a point in finishing his doctorate. But he continued to delve into his studies.

“If you understand how the universe operates, you control it in a way,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queensland Flood: Astronaut tweets flood photos from space

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2013

A Canadian astronaut has captured images of the Queensland floods from a unique angle.

Chris Hadfield took photos of the floods while passing over central Queensland in the International Space Station on Tuesday, sharing them with the world via Twitter. The 54-year-old space veteran has been aboard the ISS since December 19, and is part of a five-month mission to carry out scientific experiments. Commander Hadfield has been sharing his adventures daily on social networking sites.

Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield “Hello Australia! Last night I stayed up late to take a few photos of the flooding in the Northeast, which I’ll be posting soon.”
BundabergPHOTO: Here’s what Commander Hadfield tweeted…

Twitter @CMDR_HADFIELD You can see the floodwaters pouring straight through Bundaberg and into the ocean. Keep safe and dry down there!


Flooding at Gladstone as seen from spacePHOTO: Here’s what Commander Hadfield tweeted…

Twitter @CMDR_HADFIELD The flooding and flow into the Coral Sea at Gladstone, Australia – visible from the Space Station.

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Mars Rock: Curiosity Rover To Examine Pyramid-Shaped Boulder, NASA Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2012

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Mars Rock

Curiosity’s robotic arm is set to get its first workout. It’s been tasked with examining a football-sized rock whose odd pyramidal shape caught the eyes of NASA scientists–and fueled the imagination of earthlings everywhere who are perhaps a tad too eager for the rover to find evidence of intelligent life on the Red Planet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nasa 2013 Budget Slashes Mars Spend

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2012

Nasa’s proposed 2013 budget has slashed the space agency’s spend on Mars missions, Discovery News reports.

The US $17.7 billion budget for Nasa in 2013proposed by President Obama, will see a 20 percent cut to the planetary science missions, and will include a boost to space technology and human exploration, according to

The BBC last week reported that the slashed funding means the US will pull out of its joint EU missions to Mars.

In a statement received by Huffington Post, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said. “This budget in-sources jobs, creates capabilities here at home — and strengthens our workforce, all while opening the next great chapter in American exploration,”

“And as we reach for new heights in space, we’re creating new jobs right here on Earth, helping to support an economy that’s built to last.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia Plans Space Program Expansion And Moon Base By 2030: Reports

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2011

Russia is planning a massive increase in its space launches and may even build a base on the moon as part of a manned mission to Mars in the next two decades, according to reports.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his country’s plans go well beyond transporting crews to the International Space Station. With a 2010-2011 space budget estimated at 200 billion rubles ($7.09 billion), Russia is the world’s fourth-largest spender on space after U.S. space agency NASA, the European Space Agency and France, Reutersreports.

“Russia should not limit itself to the role of an international space ferryman. We need to increase our presence on the global space market,” Putin is quoted as having said at his residence outside Moscow. The meeting was planned specifically to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight. Read the rest of this entry »

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