Gliese 581g (also known as Zarmina) is 20 light years away from us in the constellation Libra. Astronomers used the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I Telescope to observe the Giliese system. For a while it was known as the potentially habitable “second Earth”, though some astronomers questioned its very existence. Now Gliese 581g is back on the list of exoplanets considered prime candidates for harbouring life – along with another planet orbiting the same star. Gliese 581g was discovered by astronomers of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet survey in 2010, but subsequent surveys were unable to detect it.
This infographic is of every mission to Mars ever. As you can see, probes to Mars often fail; as of July 2012, the success rate was 47%. It was the Soviet Union that first sent unmanned space probes to Mars; many failed. In 1971 the lander Mars 2 became the first object from Earth to reach the surface of Mars (unfortunately it crashed). The Mars 3 lander did land on Dec 2, 1971, and transmitted data before falling silent. The Viking 1 and 2 landers not only reached Mars’ surface in 1976, but also gathered soil samples for analysis and took many photos. In 1997 the Mars Pathfinder released Sojoiner onto the Martian surface, which it explored for nearly three months before contact was lost. A high res version is in the link below.
Every parking lot in America ought to look like this. Shades the cars while producing free energy. And if we require/incent companies to purchase American made solar panels, we’ll create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
Germany has already created over 500,000 new jobs by pushing hard into solar and wind energy – providing incentives for everyone to install and as a result, they will be able to move forward with their plans to shut down all their nuclear power plants in the next few years.
In the wake of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s death, the moon landing conspiracy nuts have apparently been stirred from hyper-sleep and are making various guttural noises in an attempt at actual language.
They assert that those who accept the fact (note the purposeful use of that word, fact) that humans indeed landed on the moon are doing so because they haven’t examined any of the evidence.
(“So…y’all just b’lieve everythin’ people tells ya??? DAY-uhm.”)
Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator, and the first person to set foot upon the Moon.
His history-making first step on the lunar surface took place at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, followed by the famous words,”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”