Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FEB 27, 2018 - 1:PM ET - 10 SPACE & SCIENCE, 10 PHOTOS & 2 VIDEOS

I'm going to start publishing all my posts between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. 

If I'm late with one, I'll publish it the next day in the same time frame as above.

Thanks. Forrest. 


*"Putting Civilization in a Box for Space Means Choosing Our Legacy."

By Harrison Tasoff, Contributor. February 23, 2018, 07:17 am 


"Author and futurist Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy was launched aboard 

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. The text was encoded by inventor Peter Kazansky 

in a high-storage, ultrastable quartz disc with a lifetime of millions to billions of 


Credit: University of Southampton.

*"Deep-Space NASA Rocket Engines Perform Most Powerful Ignition Test Yet."

By Doris Elin Salazar, Contributor. February 25, 2018, 08:29 am 


"The engines for NASA's next rocket performed their most powerful test firing 

yet. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, currently under development, is 

designed to carry humans and cargo to the moon, Mars and deep space."

*"The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!"

By, Staff | February 24, 2018, 11:21 am ET.

"Progress on the Horizon. In this stunning view from the International Space 

Station, a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft orbits above the nighttime side of 

Earth as sunlight illuminates the atmosphere around the horizon."

Credit: NASA.

"Astronaut Spots Houston from Space. NASA astronaut and Expedition 54 flight 

engineer Mark Vande Hei captured this photo of Houston by night from 250 miles 

(400 km) above the Earth aboard the International Space Station. "Hello, 

Houston!" Vande Hei tweeted on Tuesday (Feb. 20). "Looking forward to being 

home after @AstroAcaba and I land next week. Lots of great people down there!" 

Houston is home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, where NASA astronauts train 

for spaceflight."

Credit: Mark Vande Hei/NASA/Twitter via @Astro_Sabot.

"Frozen Peaks Rise in Saturn's B Ring. Icy particles clump together to form a 

ridge of fluffy peaks along the outer edge of Saturn's B ring, the largest and 

brightest ring in the Saturn system. These peaks rise as tall as 1.6 miles (2.5 km) 

above the plane of the ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the 

mountainous B ring on July 26, 2009."


*"★ Tour the International Space Station - Inside ISS."

*"1st Known Interstellar Visitor Is Tumbling Out of Control: How Astronomers 

Know. Last fall, a cucumber-shaped visitor zoomed through the inner solar 

system. Known as 1I/2017 U1 'Oumuamua, the unusual object sped around the 

sun before disappearing to the outskirts of the solar system, on its way back to 

interstellar space. 

But new research reveals that it wasn't smooth sailing for the interstellar 

interloper. Instead, it looks like 'Oumuamua didn't glide through the solar 

system but rather tumbled willy-nilly, flipping as it journeyed on."

By Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor. February 22, 2018, 06:31 am 


"An artist's illustration of the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua."

Credit: M. Kornmesser/European Southern Observatory.

*"Who Will Survive the Cosmic Crash Between Our Galaxy and Its Neighbor? Our 

galaxy, the Milky Way, is on a collision course with its neighbor Andromeda. 

Although the collision will take place about 4 billion years from now, 

astronomers have long placed bets on which of the two star systems is more 

likely to survive the mega crash."

By Tereza Pultarova, Contributor. February 26,2018, 03:56 



Andromeda. Credit:

*"How Doctors Removed a 'Potentially Explosive' Firework from a Man's Leg. "An 

X-ray showing a potentially explosive firework embedded in a patient's leg. 

Because the device in the man's thigh could potentially explode, the hospital 

contacted a team of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, as well as 

the fire department. The patient was placed in a room away from other patients, 

and was told to remain still, in order to minimize the potential for the device to 


The fire department advised doctors to irrigate the injury with water (which 

would drown the fuse), and avoid use of a procedure that heats tissue with 

electricity (called electrocautery), as this could potentially lead to detonation.

The surgeons were able to successfully remove the firework without 

complications. The patient needed a metal rod inserted into his femur to treat his 

fracture, and a skin graft for his tissue wound. After about two weeks in the 

hospital, the man was well enough to go home, the report said.

Credit: L.C. Thaut et al./Journal of Emergency Medicine/Elsevier.

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer. February 26, 2018, 

12:09 pm ET.

*"The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Thought, Hubble Data Suggests."

By Samantha Mathewson, Contributor. February 26,2018, 01:53 

pm ET.

"Researchers analyzed 19 galaxies, including NGC 3972 (left) and NGC 1015 

(right), which are 65 million and 118 million light-years from Earth, respectively. 

Both possessed pulsating stars called Cepheid variables that let researchers 

determine the distance to the galaxies."

Credit: A. Riess (STScl/JHU)/NASA/ESA.

*"Humans Will Hear from Intelligent Aliens This Century, Physicist Says. Humans 

will make contact with aliens by the end of the century, theoretical physicist and 

futurist Michio Kaku told Redditers last week. However, Kaku said he wasn't sure 

whether we'd be able to communicate directly with this unknown extraterrestrial 

society — one that could run the gamut from hostile to pacifist, according to 

Kaku." By Jeanna Bryner, Managing Editor. February 26, 

2018, 09:21 am.

"The SETI Institute used its Alien Telescope Array in California to confirm an 

intriguing radio signal coming from the star HD 164595, located about 94 light-

years from Earth." 

Credit: SETI Institute.

*"2,300-Year-Old Cemetery with Mummy Priests Found in Egypt."

By Owen Jarus,  Contributor. February 26, 2018, 07:30 am 


"At least 40 limestone sarcophagi that held mummified burials were discovered 

in the cemetery. One of them is pictured here."

Credit: Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.

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