The Indian Space Research Organization launched 104 satellites on February 15,2017. The star of the show is a Carosat 2 series satellite aboard the PSLV rocket.
“The rocket took off at 9:28am (03:58 GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000km per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to ISRO.
The rocket’s main cargo was a 714kg satellite for earth observation, but it was also loaded with 103 smaller “nano satellites”, weighing a combined 664kg.
Today, the 22nd, NASA announced TRAPPIST- 1, a star 40 light years away (aka 800,000-1 million human travel years) with a cluster of planets orbiting it. Seven earth sized planets in the Goldilocks zone were observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope to have a high likeliness of water. Surely the close timing of this announcement indicates they are related…It feels to me like the second space race just began.
-Spiked motivation to explore.
-96 new US Probes accompanied by international nano satellites.
– Increased risk of environmental hazard due to government.
In summary- the discovery serves as a reminder that we are infinitely small, an evolutionary miracle, and most likely not alone.
for deeper spacenerding:
this is super cute-http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/157579604399/largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone