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SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is the first private company to embark on such a mission. Up until now, sending a spacecraft to the space station has been a feat that has only been accomplished by four of the world’s wealthiest and most technologically advanced governments: the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Union.
SpaceX was the winner of the X-Prize a couple years ago, and since have made vast improvements on their rockets. Their methods are a far cry from what we are used to from our history of launches, especially here in America. The style of launch we’re used to costs millions of dollars only to have the rocket essentially “thrown away” and not used for a second time, the only thing typically re-used in these types of missions was the shuttle. SpaceX has changed all of that, their rockets are actually meant to be recovered and relaunched multiple times, cutting costs dramatically and allowing Privatized Space launches to occur more frequently. They have also been able to secure the contract to resupply the Space Station.
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And if you’re watching this prior to May 26, you can watch live coverage of this historic launch here:
Sorry guys, I wish our original episode 5 was able to go up… But sometimes technology gets the upper hand. This was one of those times…
Cosmic-Ray Shielding Key for Life?
The absence of a bow shock is significant, McComas said, because it may indicate that the heliosphere is actually more robust than thought.
With less pressure from outside material, the boundary region isn’t being compressed and therefore weakened as much as expected, which means it should better repel cosmic rays.
(Related: “Solar System ‘Force Field’ Shrinks Fast.”)
And understanding exactly how the heliosphere acts as a gatekeeper for cosmic rays could help scientists evaluate the chances for life on other worlds.
According to McComas, some researchers believe that the cosmic rays that do get through the heliosphere can impact Earth’s climate, because the high-energy particles can ionize—or electrically charge—matter in the atmosphere, leading to heightened cloud formation and lightning generation.
Other experts think the particles could even be related to bursts of evolution or extinction in our planet’s history, because the radiation can influence DNA patterns.
So, this kind of finding makes an interesting point. In my opinion it seriously removes the potential of a “God’s special little planet” theory completely. I don’t argue that there is likely life on other planets, as a matter of fact I would be interested in finding out if these other beings are sentient and if so, do they have a religious philosophy like our own? Or are extra-territorials atheists or, in my opinion better yet, polytheists, or do they actually have a monotheistic view to themselves?
Many BibleFearers, will be quick to conclude that these findings are not proof but rather just another attempt at masking the proof of their bible. My world view does allow for things like this, these cosmic rays do not yet have a full explanation, but that’s the universe, we don’t need to have a concrete explanation, in fact the pursuit of knowledge is probably one of the most enjoyable events in life in my opinion.
So whether you worship the universe as a monotheistic deity, polytheistic deities, or just the universe as a standard of reality, you have to admit, we live in very informative days if you’re willing to open your eyes and accept that we are just a small cog in the workings of this ultimate power that surrounds us.