No Aliens at Cygnus Star :\ #space #star #science #SETI

Cygnus_IAU.svgRemember the speculation that odd dimming patterns of a star in Cygnus might be caused by orbiting structures there, built by an intelligent alien civilization? Scientists jumped on the hypothesis and checked. Alas.

We found no evidence of an advanced civilization beaming intentional laser [or radio] signals toward Earth,” said study co-author Douglas Vakoch, president of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International in San Francisco.

So maybe the star has an unusual cloud of comets – strange and fascinating, but not sentient. Keep looking and listening, SETI.

BTW – why do scifi aliens say they are “from” a constellation? Constellations

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are regions of the sky as seen from Earth. The stars forming the


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main pattern are seldom related or even especially close to each other – it’s just an optical illusion and a little pattern-seeking by the human brain. Quit it, scifi aliens!

Try a near-future Mars colony – Emma takes a one-way trip to explore and build a new home, but something is terrible wrong on Mars.


Orbital Science Ship Arrives



Orbital Science’s cargo spacecraft, Cygnus, arrived safely at the International Space Station with 2,780 pounds of supplies and scientific instruments.  SpaceX and its Dragon spacecraft are also contracted for resupply missions as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project.  Some of you may remember when NASA’s Shuttle was advertised as a “space truck” and the beginning of an era when space flight would be as common as airplanes are today.  Maybe today’s commercial space companies will deliver on that promise.


Arrives at ISS

What will future companies find profitable in space?  Communications satellites are so common we only notice them when a problem pops up.  Google Earth and GPS are part of every-day life.  When we add stations on the moon or Mars, will they be government projects or private?  Will metals mined from asteroids ever compete with mines here on Earth, or will zero-g manufacturing become indespensible?  It’s all hard to envision today, but maybe that’s what people said about the airplane.