The United States may or may not be getting a Space Force, but while President Trump is all-in on the creation of a new branch of the U.S. Military—and blowing up the military bureaucracy—it’s worth keeping in mind other countries have their military space programs. A recent DIA report shines a light on how the U.S. views these programs, particularly those of Russia and China, neither of which seem particularly threatening—for now anyway.
— Read on foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/as-trump-s-space-force-ramps-up-what-are-russia-and-ch-1832772367
Trump is spot on with heading in this direction. He needs to make cuts in other areas of the military that have become obsolete, not ask for more money.
(Bloomberg) — Israel hopes to be the first country to land a privately financed spacecraft on the moon when “Beresheet” — Hebrew for Genesis — lifts off aboard one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets early Friday.
— Read on www.bloombergquint.com/technology/one-giant-step-for-israel-as-probe-set-to-lift-off-for-the-moon
A long time ago, in galaxies far, far away … your atoms were born. In a first-of-its-kind analysis, astrophysicists have found that half of the Milky Way’s matter — you included — came from galaxies beyond our own. Cue the identity crisis.
— Read on curiosity.com/topics/half-of-your-bodys-atoms-come-from-across-the-universe-curiosity
Scientists have known for some time that Earth’s atmosphere loses several hundred tons of oxygen each day. They understand how this oxygen loss happens on Earth’s night side, but they’re not sure how it happens on the day side. They do know one thing though; it happens during auroras.
— Read on curiosity.com/topics/the-earth-loses-tons-of-atmosphere-to-space-every-day-curiosity
Scientists at the University of Central Florida and Honeybee Robotics developed a prototype steam-powered spaceship, dubbed WINE, to explore asteroids and more.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/steam-powered-spaceship-could-cruise-cosmos-indefinitely-without-running-out-ncna958486
China is poised to realize an ambitious mission to the far side of the moon, the most immediate of many planned milestones in its effort to challenge America’s half-century long supremacy in space.
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/china-pushes-for-primacy-in-space-11546171206
Let’s get something straight right away: there are no little green beings on Mars. Horror films about the Red Planet often show humans being eaten by something sinister and creature-like on Mars. Luckily, the reality is more subtle. Yes, we do have a hope of finding life on Mars — especially due to two new discoveries this year. But when we talk about life on Mars, we don’t mean monsters. We mean microbes.
— Read on curiosity.com/topics/why-the-2018-discoveries-on-mars-give-us-the-best-hope-of-life-yet-curiosity