In the Space Review this week…
SETI at 50
Fifty years after the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) started, efforts have yielded no evidence of other civilizations, but the search continues. Jeff Foust reports on the past and future of SETI as discussed at a recent event.
This space intentionally left blank: The limits of Chinese Military Power
Last week the Defense Department released its latest version of a report on the military capabilities of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. Dwayne Day examines what the report includes, and what it does not, about Chinaâ€™s military space projects.
Because itâ€™s there
Who should go into space, and why? Bob Clarebrough makes the case for broader participation in space exploration by people who can communicate the experience in a myriad of ways.
Review: How It Ends
How does it all end: life, the universe, and everything? Jeff Foust reviews a book by an astronomer who explains how it all will, or at least could, end for humans, the universe, and everything in between.
Hong Kong PolyU Press Release
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is working closely with the well-established Russian Space Agency in designing a state-of-the-art space tool which will be carried onboard a Russian spacecraft for the Red Planet in the 2009 Sino-Russian Space Mission â€“ the first strategic interplanetary collaboration between China and Russia.
Former NASA Astronaut Leroy Chiao makes the case for space cooperation between the United States and China on his blog.
“It makes sense politically and programmatically to cooperate with China, in all areas. Space would be a good place to symbolically signal such a shift in policy. The United States did this with Russia in the early 1990â€™s. At the time, as a skeptic, I didnâ€™t see the point of cooperating with our former enemy and I objected to using our nationâ€™s space program as a foreign policy tool. I thought that the Russians were technically backward. Having grown up during the Cold War, I â€œknewâ€ these things to be true. It was not until I started training for Expedition 10, that I came to respect the Russians, their technology and their culture. I began to understand the benefits of using U.S. assets and programs to further political friendship through cooperation.
The emerging Chinese space program has been busy, releasing its first full map of the lunar surface based on data returned Chang’e-1 orbiter. Chinese scientists called it the most complete map of the moon ever produced.
Buoyed by the success of the year-old mission, Chinese officials have approved the second and third missions in the series. Chang’e-2 – set for launch in 2011 – will “conduct experiments involving five core technologies such as orbital adjustments and soft landings,” the Xinhua news agency reports. Chang’e-3 will land on the moon with a rover the following year.
The new edition of Space Lifestyle online magazine is now online. Stories include:
- SpaceX Arrives in Orbit: How They Got into Space
- Marriages Made in the Heavens?
- India Goes to the Moon, China Takes a Spacewalk.