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Adopt a Star and Why I Have Bought a Site on

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keplerWant to have a star form the sky? Well, nothing simpler. As the New Scientist writes, with the new project called Pale Blue Dot (name comes after how Carl Sagan used to call our own planet)  You can well, not buy,  but adopt a star. With this quite unique programme a non-profit organisation is raising money for analysing data collected during the NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Mission. For 10 dollars you will get a chance to pick one of more than 100 000 stars and   put a small flag on the one chosen (all adopted stars are presented on Google Sky ). If there would be any discovery related to your star, you will be informed about it asap.

What do You think about it? I think it is just simple great! First, with small money you are helping scientists who really need cash and are doing some amazing stuff. Second –  isn’t it just a great fun to adopt a star? Personally, I would be very keen on having one or two cosmic pupils under my care.

For this same reason – purely childish fun – some time ago I have bought …a spot on a Moon. Well, being precise I have bought a certificate of ownership of a football pitch size lot. Yes, you can call me a total space-geek or a typical victim of too much Star Wars watching but what the hell – I am a happy owner of some little piece of Silver Globe. So if I will really get bored with Earth life I will have some place to run 🙂

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August 18, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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Toast with the fresh water

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Crew living on the International Space Station can drink its own, home made water. At last. The NASA’s Mission Control radioed the news to the crew Wednesday, following a report from the Water Recovery System team that station program managers approved. With the OK for he WRC, the ISS finally will be able to sustain crew of six person, twice as big as it could till now.

Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt and Koichi Wakata celebrated the decision with a toast in the Destiny laboratory.

“This has been the stuff of science fiction. Everybody’s talked about recycling water in a closed loop system, but nobody’s ever done it before. Here we are today with the first round of recycled water,” said Barratt. “We’re really happy for this day and for the team that put this together. This is the kind of technology that will get us to
the moon and further.”

More about ISS mission here.

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May 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

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Lunch on the orbit

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Following last week’s post about space cookies, I must make a confess – I always wanted to go to space. And I still do. As an astronaut, of course. (Being true for me it is more logical that spaceshuttle are able to take off form the ground than the regular airplanes are able to do so)
Having a chance to see the blue marble Earth, to float in space, to catch flying droplets of orange jucie. Gosh! That would be something. Maybe, someday.
Being a foodie as well I wanted to show You a quite interesting list of Ten Best Space Foods, which I’ve found on the Discovery Channel Space site. Did You know, that tortillas are a basic cosmic bread – becasue they don’t crumble so much.
Moreover, beside regular canned food, sometimes astronauts have occasin to taste some dishes made by celebrity chefs, e.g. Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray. So what do You think about space diet? As for me I would rather wait till they would have a fridge on-board. I just couldn’t imagine 4 months with garlic and onions as my only fresh veggies.

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April 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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About a genious, children books and flying into space

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Today afternoon the agencies have informed, that Stephen Hawking, famous astrophysicist, cosmologist and mathematician had been rushed to the hospital. In rather laconic announcement form Cambridge University it was only stated that scientist is „very ill“.

The hospitalisation was caused by lung infection with which Hawking has fighting for few weeks now. The state of weakened Hawking became so bad that finally doctors have decided to move him to the clinic to keep Hawking under permanent observation.


Since many years Hawking is living with ASL – a neurodegenerative disorder that cannot be treated. Because of his illness Hawking in nearly totally paralyzed. He can only move one finger and speak using a specially made voice synthesizer.

Hawking is – and I won’t say anything original or unusual here – one of the greatest minds of our times. But besides being a genious physicist and cosmologist, Hawking has made and is still making a great job in popularizing science. Because one thing is to know something. And knowing how to spread someone’s knowledge and make in clear for other is totally different and the hell more though thing to do.

His „Short history of time“ has become a worldwide bestseller, being sold in few millions copies. Similarly other titles like „The Universe in a nutshell“ became amazingly popular among people who really have nothing to do with serious science, especially quantum physics in day-to-day life.

Recently Hawking started to write for children. Together with his daughter Lucy he has already written two books about a boy named George. Besides talking about fantastic adventures of the main protagonist, those books are smuggling a load of quite difficult knowledge to the mind of small kids, who usually hate maths, calculus and all things related. For me – COOL!

Other (and for sake of the length of this post and your patience – last mentioned) thing with which Hawking made me totally for him are his dreams. Doing research and teaching about science this 67-year-old Briton wants to…go to space obviously. Two years ago prof. Hawking has made a first step – he took a zero gravity fight, during which he could feel how it would be like to float in space. Being stuck to the wheel chair since his early years he had to feel truly like on cloud nine. The Hawking’s flight should take place this year.

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April 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

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