Museum of Science Fiction Project Status Update No. 8, Q4 2015

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These guys have sure kept themselves busy!

  • Announced the CubeSat Competition
  • Announced the Journal of Science Fiction
  • Received three CarMax matching grant awards
  • Installed the Future of Travel exhibit at National Airport
  • Released the iOS Mobile App
  • Signed a NASA Space Act Agreement
  • Announced Escape Velocity for 2016
  • Exhibited at Awesome Con 2015
  • Ben Bova joined our advisory board
  • Supported Disney’s Tomorrowland opening
  • Built the Virtual Museum of Science Fiction
  • Morgan Gendel came to Brooklyn for Lectures
  • Installed the Architectural Designs exhibit in Brooklyn
  • Opened the Minecraft Server for Informal Learning
  • Supported NASA with Comet Hitchhiker Concept
Read their full list Here!

Mars May One Day Have A Ring System Like Saturn

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Interesting news from IFL Science:

Phobos is getting closer and closer to Mars, and it’s liking the fall so much that it might just put a ring on it. Astronomers think that in 20 to 40 million years, Phobos will break apart, giving the Red Planet a ring comparable with the outer planets of the Solar System.

According to the research, published this week in Nature Geoscience, Phobos is being pulled apart by Mars’ gravity. The closer it gets to the Red Planet, the more intense these forces will be. If the moon breaks apart before it enters the Martian atmosphere, it would create a long-lived ring system, capable of remaining stable for millions of years.

Read the full story Right Here!


Mars Depiction in Blockbuster Movies

Mars Atmosphere

Jeff Peterson wrote an excellent article about how movies portray the mystical Red Planet:

The Red Planet has been in the news a lot recently, with the one-two punch of a groundbreaking scientific discovery of water and a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon.

Of course, people’s fascination with Earth’s next-door neighbor dates back millennia, and both the planet and the little men who may or may not inhabit it have been a major part of sci-fi movies in particular from, well, the very beginning of sci-fi movies.

Read more here: Review Journal


Mars Rover Notices a Peculiar Figure


Could it be… John Carter?

The truth is out there … maybe. A mysterious woman-like shape in a picture taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover is creating buzz on social media.

In a post entitled “Alien Woman on Mars Watching Rover From Hill” the UFO Sightings Daily website said that the shape “looks like a woman partly cloaked.”

Read the full article at Fox News
Photo by (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)


Pluto gets a new fly-by from NASA after a long time!

Image of Pluto from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft

Fans of the forgotten dwarf-planet rejoice!

NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by Pluto this morning (July 14), capturing history’s first up-close looks at the far-flung world — if all went according to plan. (Mission team members won’t declare success until they hear from New Horizons tonight.) Closest approach came at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), when the spacecraft whizzed within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto’s frigid surface. To celebrate, NASA unveiled the latest photo of Pluto, showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face.

Read the full article at Yahoo News


Nasa Searches for Alien Life


A new bold initiavie has been started by NASA in hopes of finding signs of life on other planets. The new program is called NExSS and brings together a team of experts across numerous fields with hopes of analyzing over 1,000 planets outside our solar system.

“This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life,” Jim Green, NASA’s Director of Planetary Science, said in a news release. “The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it’s of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well.”

Read the full article at Huffington Post


Liquid Water on Mars found right below the rover?

Now this is interesting! We know about some frozen water on the red giant, but turns out there there might be water in liquid form as well! NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered new evidence:

mars with water
At long last, researchers on the Curiosity Mars rover’s science team believe they have evidence that there is liquid water on the Red Planet, lurking just beneath the surface of our neighbor’s rouge surface. The water in the Martian soil seems to gather intermittently and is a very salty brine, making it perhaps suitable for everyone’s favorite retro pet — sea monkeys! Very, very hearty sea monkeys that could withstand the superharsh environment on the fourth planet, that is.

Read the full story at CNet


Venus photos in HD

Astronomy Now has just posted a nice article with some high-resolution images of Venus from Earth. The photos penetrated the clouds showcasing the surface with its numerous ridges and mountains!

Venus photos in HD

Photo courtesy of B. Campbell, Smithsonian, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, Arecibo. Read the full article right here!