NASA – NASAs Kepler Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-Like Star

NASA – NASAs Kepler Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-Like Star. – “The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth. Scientists don’t yet know if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets. “

First planet in The Goldilocks Zone …  Even at 600 light years away, this is still incredibly exciting.

A Test of Progress « A Town Square

Sad that we can’t even come close today with modern Combustion engines.

A Test of Progress

November 14, 2011 by aandh

Almost every day as I wander around this place in images of times gone by, I find signs of who we once were. Perhaps these signs also point to what we may hope to become.

Witness this:

July 13th, 1913. The automobile is a Franklin. That’s Jimmy Feeney at the wheel – service manager for Franklin. City Sealer John Stephenson is about to pour a measured gallon into a glass container. Officials look on – after all, it’s a National Efficiency Demonstration.

And the answer: 57.2 miles on one gallon of gasoline.

Franklin Automobiles went out of business in 1934.

via A Test of Progress « A Town Square.

Cosmological Fantasia – Wonders of the Universe

In keeping with the theme of late, I thought I’d share a video made by BDH posted by NASA on their Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Unfortunately BDH has removed the video, but the internet being what it is… I found it again. Side note, if you don’t subscribe to their Astronomy Picture of the Day, you should.

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xiawlw
Cosmological Fantasia by ceticismo-net

It’s my firm belief that if NASA wants to drum up interest in their program and get enough funding to do some really cool stuff, they need to be producing real videos like this all the time. Nothing would get people more excited about space again than some fantastic HD quality video of our solar system and beyond.