This groundbreaking launch, the second of a SpaceX Dragon capsule and the first on a NASA-related mission, takes a small step, and a giant leap, for privatized spaceflight.
The annual Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, and longtime reader Chad has compiled a summary of the results on his own site.
Longtime reader Chad points us to this Arstechnica article about a recent result confirming one of the axioms of quantum mechanics: the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is not simply about measurement, but is indeed a fundamental property of the Universe. Better tools will not make it go away. While physicists have believed this for years, they haven’t always communicated it effectively, nor have they had verified documented proof such as this.
If nothing mars its progress, the most advanced Mars mission to date will land August 6. We have several relevant links below.
UPDATE: Success! A couple weeks of checks will precede anything really interesting.
No, this isn’t a video by me. Chad Cloman passed along a very nice video where Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson of CERN explain, for those who don’t know, what the Higgs Boson does, and how it affects our view of the universe.
CERN’s latest press release confirms the suspicions from last year’s result: neutrinos travel slower than light, and last year’s results were a result of a systematic error which has since been found and corrected.
Long time reader Chad points us to an interesting result in wave-particle duality, in which researchers have used entanglement to gain information about which slit a photon travels through in the Young double-slit experiment. Arstechnica has the layperson’s summary here, while others may prefer to go directly to the original paper.
A successful launch after a scrubbed launch last week put SpaceX in the lead for private contractors to handle missions to the ISS. The unmanned capsule is planned to dock with the ISS if everything is go. This is only the second launch for the Dragon capsule and the third for the Falcon 9 rocket.
The overall goal is to make space flight more cost-effective, something that NASA has not been able to do.
Space.com has the details here.
So, the question is: Do you think switching away from government-based to commercial-based space flight will hurt or hinder our exploration of the stars?