William Shatner, the alter ego of one of the most iconic space travelers ever, has completed his first real trip to space. The iconic 90-year-old actor best known for playing James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise in the Star Trek universe, blasted off atop a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from the company’s west Texas launch site on October 13, 2021. A few minutes into the flight, the capsule separated from the booster and continued on to suborbital space where the crew experienced weightlessness and an epic view of Earth before reentering the atmosphere for a parachute-assisted soft landing in the desert.
We now know that our genes can be altered to molecularly mimic a calorie-restricted diet known to double the lifespan and healthspan of all living forms of life. Thousands of scientific reports point to the fact it is now scientifically possible to prolong human life indefinitely. There is little question an anti-aging pill would put modern medicine out of business. The door is now open for an anti-aging pill that would dramatically reduce healthcare costs and prolong human life.
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In a distant star system — a mere 1,300 light years away from Earth — researchers may have identified the first known planet to orbit three stars. Unlike our solar system, which consists of a solitary star, it is believed that half of all star systems consist of two or more stars that are gravitationally bound to each other. But no planet orbiting three stars — a circumptriple orbit — has ever been discovered before. This has significant implications for bolstering our understanding of planet formation.
Astronomers May Have Discovered the First Known Planet to Orbit 3 Stars
Meet The Man Behind NASA and DARPA’s Warp Drive Programs
by Christopher Plain | The Debrief
When Star Trek premiered on American television in 1966, the world was exposed to the idea of a spaceship traveling faster than the speed of light. That concept of a Warp Drive remained in the world of fiction until 1994 when Mexican Mathematician Miguel Alcubierre presented a mathematical model under which a human-piloted craft could theoretically exceed the speed of light.
A company called Altos Labs is rumored to have pursued biological reprogramming technology to rejuvenate cells in the lab that some researchers think could be extended to revitalize entire animal bodies, hence opening paths to prolong human life. Former Amazon CEO and the world’s richest person Jeff Bezos has invested in a new anti-aging company called Altos Labs, MIT Technology Review writes, citing people familiar with the matter.
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When the iconic science fiction television show Star Trek first premiered in 1966, humanity had yet to walk on the moon, and things like cell phones and the Internet were still decades away from becoming reality. Still, the groundbreaking show also featured an array of futuristic weapons, ships, and devices to go along with the countless habitable worlds explored by the starship U.S.S. Enterprise and its intrepid crew. This included things like photon torpedoes, food replicators, warp drives, phasers, tractor beams, transporters, and even a universal translator, all of which added to the forward-looking and visionary aspect of the entire Star Trek universe. In the decades since the original Star Trek series, a number of those devices and technologies have moved closer to reality, while some others are already part of our everyday experience.
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Feds Launch Investigation into Self-Driving Cars
by Hayder Radha | Unexplained Mysteries
It’s hard to miss the flashing lights of fire engines, ambulances and police cars ahead of you as you’re driving down the road. But in at least 11 cases in the past three and a half years, Tesla’s Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system did just that. This led to 11 accidents in which Teslas crashed into emergency vehicles or other vehicles at those scenes, resulting in 17 injuries and one death.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has launched an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system in response to the crashes. The incidents took place between January 2018 and July 2021 in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. The probe covers 765,000 Tesla cars – that’s virtually every car the company has made in the last seven years. It’s also not the first time the federal government has investigated Tesla’s Autopilot.
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SpaceX Thinks It Can Send Humans to the Moon Sooner than 2024
by Matt Williams | Universe Today
It’s no secret that a new Space Race has been brewing over the past few years. This time, rather than being a competition between two federal space agencies, the race has more competitors and is more complicated. In addition to more state competitors, there are also commercial space entities vying for positions and lucrative contracts. Add to that a network of public-private partnerships, and you have Space Race 2.0!
In particular, there has been quite the stir ever since NASA awarded the Artemis contract for the Human Landing System (HLS) to SpaceX. This resulted in legal challenges filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics (SpaceX’s competitors), as well as a lawsuit and messy public relations campaign. NASA has since removed the stop-work order and commenced payments to SpaceX, which recently indicated their HLS concept could be ready to go before the 2024 deadline.
SpaceX has obtained the contract for NASA’s Project Artemis Human Landing System for Moon exploration. After a long hiatus, NASA is ready to resume sending astronauts to the Moon. SpaceX has been selected to provide the lunar lander that will take astronauts to the surface of the Moon using a modified version of its Starship, a reusable spaceship and rocket system combination. This video provides more details about this exciting new chapter in space exploration.
Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed spaceflight with two pilots and four mission specialists including Sir Richard Branson. Private spaceships are now a reality – at least for billionaires like Richard Branson. Space tourism is taking off!
Imagine a universe where you could point a spaceship in one direction and eventually return to where you started. If our universe were a finite donut, then such movements would be possible and physicists could potentially measure its size. Examining light from the very early universe, astrophysicists have determined that our cosmos may be multiply connected, meaning that space is closed in on itself in all three dimensions like a three-dimensional donut. Such a universe would be finite, and our entire cosmos might only be about three to four times larger than the limits of the observable universe, about 45 billion light-years away.
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Why Is NASA Working So Hard To Learn How To Defend The Earth From Giant Asteroids?
by Michael Snyder | Activist Post
Did you know that NASA is going to send a spacecraft on a suicide mission in an attempt to change the trajectory of a massive space rock? The good news is that the space rock that NASA will be crashing this spacecraft into is not on a collision course with Earth. It is only a test. But why has NASA suddenly become so concerned with figuring out how to defend the Earth from giant asteroids? Could it be possible that there is something heading toward Earth in the future that they haven’t told us about yet?