Am I tripping or are aliens real?

You are tripping. Here’s why. Despite Star Trek and Star Wars, interstellar travel is impossible for either us or the aliens (who are probably out there somewhere). No one can approach the speed of light. Maybe you might make 0.10%. The closer to the speed of light (relative to your departure point) the exponentially amount... Continue Reading →

What must be done to claim a planet?

Why? You want to do it? The first thing is to go there, and probably outside our solar system because we’ve pretty much claimed everything here already. Next, plop down your own flag and hope someone more powerful than you doesn’t show up after you.

What’s the difference between an alien, a martian, and an extraterrestrial?

Aliens have a dual definition: the people Trump wants out of the USA and the people from outer space. Since people from outer space are called aliens, then it matters not whether they are from Mars or somewhere else. They are aliens. Therefore, "alien", "Martian" and "extraterrestrial" are synonymous, except not all aliens come from... Continue Reading →

Why don’t you live on Mars?

Oh I don’t know. It’s a lot further than I usually go to visit exotic places. There’s no breathable air. There’s no suitable soil to grow anything. I’m an outdoor kind of person, but you just can’t go out on Mars without a spacesuit. There’s dangerous solar radiation bombarding the place. NASA has established that... Continue Reading →

NASA says Terraforming Mars Not Possible

This article was originally posted on Business Insider. A NASA-sponsored study found there's not enough carbon dioxide on Mars to deliberately modify the planet's atmosphere (known as terraforming). This means terraforming isn't a viable option to make the planet habitable for humans. Terraforming the planet was the entire basis for Elon Musk's plans to colonize... Continue Reading →

Half a Percent of the Speed of Light

It would be really fast. Put your science fiction behind you. If we could use nuclear power to achieve a half of a percent of the speed of light it would be fantastic. We could reach the nearest star in 800 years! We could reach the Trappist-1 system in a mere 8000 years! Wake up... Continue Reading →

Did we “accidentally” bring new bacteria to the moon or Mars via our space exploration programs?

Probably, and that’s why terraforming is a bad idea. Inside the scientifically minded community, there are two distinct ideas. Don’t contaminate. Leave whatever planet it happens to be in the original prestine condition so we can study it. (This is the predominant, tree hugging concept.) Screw number 1. Terraform the planet. Make it livable for humans,... Continue Reading →

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