7 Planets – Send Radio Waves! #TRAPPIST-1

isroimageofpslv

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.

Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from the United States.” (From Aljazeera.com)

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:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nearby-star-hosts-7-earth-size-planets-video/

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702211050893055-india-space-station/

http://isro.gov.in/launchers/pslv

this is super cute-http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/157579604399/largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone

 

 

 

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