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Terraforming? What you should know...

First.....Lets start with the basics. What the heck is Terraforming anyway? In a nutshell, Terraforming or terraformation (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying the atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology of a planet, moon, or other body to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life. The concept of terraforming developed from both science fiction and actual science. These days, "actual science" is what is driving this renewed interest. Indeed,  Carl Sagan, an astronomer, proposed the planetary engineering of Venus in 1961, which is considered one of the first accounts of the concept. The term was coined by Jack Williamson in a science-fiction short story ("Collision Orbit") published in 1942 in Astounding...

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Wormhole Travel? Maybe... Just Maybe.....

Lately I have been considering theoretical physics. In particular, wormhole theories and how we might be able to utilize them as a form of propulsion or "leap frogging" across the universe. Let's start with some general Q&A. Q. What is Wormhole Travel? A. Well.......The wormhole theory postulates that a theoretical passage through space-time could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by the theory of general relativity. Q. Is it possible? A. Theoretically-------yes. Wormholes connect two points in spacetime, which means that they would in principle allow travel in time, as well as in space. Q. Where did the theory originally come from? A. Technically it came from physicists Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen. They studied the strange equations...

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From the Editor - 3/11/22 - Lets talk about NTP...

Lets talk about NTP...Let's talk about you and me...Let's talk about all the good things...And the bad things that may be... LOL.....With that out of the way.... Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) systems aren’t really new, but they could significantly reduce travel times and carry greater payloads than today’s top chemical rockets­ — giving humans a great chance of exploring deep space. Here are 6 things you should know about nuclear thermal propulsion. 1. NTP Systems Are Powered By FissionNTP systems work by pumping a liquid propellant, most likely hydrogen, through a reactor core. Uranium atoms split apart inside the core and release heat through fission. This physical process heats up the propellant and converts it to a gas, which is...

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