UFO Buster Radio News – 416: SpaceX Destroying Boca Chica, New Sheppard On the Move, and Our Solar Systems Life Rich Bodies

Manny/ September 22, 2020/ From Manny

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People accuse SpaceX of displacing Texas residents, destroying wildlife in new documentary
Link: https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/environment/517665-people-accuse-spacex-of-displacing-texas

After Celia Garcia retired from social work in Michigan, she started spending winters in Boca Chica, Texas, where she was born and raised, due to her severe asthma. When the coronavirus pandemic began, she moved there full time to enjoy the quiet, with no neighbors in sight and abundant wildlife around.

“It’s been a very stressful year,” she told Changing America.

Not because of the pandemic, but her new neighbors: SpaceX, which built a private rocket production facility, test site and spaceport in Boca Chica — about 20 miles east of Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf Coast.

A new documentary by Vice TV, “VICE VERSA: Between Musk and Mars,” features Garcia and several of her neighbors who have refused buyout offers and are watching SpaceX transform their homes.

“It’s a very, very unique beautiful area, [it’s] not for everyone because it’s very remote — 20 miles away from Brownsville — but that’s what I loved about it was the remoteness, the quietness, the unpopulated area and the wildlife,” Garcia said.

Changing America has reached out to SpaceX for comment.

Garcia said the SpaceX CEO and billionaire has visited several times, trying to convince her to sell and even threatening to file for eminent domain, although that power rests only with the government. She’s not moving and was insulted by the 64-page contract offering $190,000 for her home, calling it a “gunpoint offer.”

“Space X is supposed to be a good neighbor but they’re not, they act like they are God’s employees,” Garcia said. “But I’m a good neighbor. I try not to cause problems or do anything.”

Blue Origin will launch its next New Shepard suborbital test flight Thursday
Link: https://www.space.com/blue-origin-new-shepard-ng-13-launch-september-2020

Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard spacecraft will take to the skies this week for the first time in nine months.

New Shepard, which is designed to ferry people and payloads to suborbital space and back, will launch on an uncrewed test flight Thursday (Sept. 24) at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) from Blue Origin’s Texas location, company representatives announced today (Sept. 22).

The suborbital flight will be the seventh for this particular vehicle and the 13th for Blue Origin’s New Shepard program overall. Thursday’s liftoff will also be the first launch for the company since December 2019, when this same New Shepard vehicle launched on its sixth test flight.

New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, both of which are reusable. The rocket comes back to Earth for a powered, vertical landing, like the first stages of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 orbital rockets, and the capsule makes soft, parachute-aided touchdowns.

New Shepard will eventually fly paying customers to and from suborbital space, if all goes according to Blue Origin’s plan. That could start happening relatively soon, though New Shepard has yet to conduct a crewed test flight.

These Are The 4 Most Promising Worlds For Alien Life in Our Solar System
Link: https://www.sciencealert.com/these-are-the-four-worlds-that-looks-most-promising-for-alien-life

The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are: liquid water, at least one source of energy, and an inventory of biologically useful elements and molecules.

Mars
Mars is one of the most Earth-like worlds in the Solar System. It has a 24.5-hour day, polar ice caps that expand and contract with the seasons, and a large array of surface features that were sculpted by water during the planet’s history.

The detection of a lake beneath the southern polar ice cap and methane in the Martian atmosphere (which varies with the seasons and even the time of day) make Mars a very interesting candidate for life.

Methane is significant as it can be produced by biological processes. But the actual source for the methane on Mars is not yet known.

Europa
Europa was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, along with Jupiter’s three other larger moons. It is slightly smaller than Earth’s moon and orbits the gas giant at a distance of some 670,000km once every 3.5 days.

Europa is constantly squeezed and stretched by the competing gravitational fields of Jupiter and the other Galilean moons, a process known as tidal flexing.

The moon is believed to be a geologically active world, like the Earth, because the strong tidal flexing heats its rocky, metallic interior and keeps it partially molten.

The surface of Europa is a vast expanse of water ice. Many scientists think that beneath the frozen surface is a layer of liquid water – a global ocean – which is prevented from freezing by the heat from flexing and which may be over 100 km deep.

Evidence for this ocean includes geysers erupting through cracks in the surface ice, a weak magnetic field and chaotic terrain on the surface, which could have been deformed by ocean currents swirling beneath. This icy shield insulates the subsurface ocean from the extreme cold and vacuum of space, as well as Jupiter’s ferocious radiation belts.

Enceladus
Like Europa, Enceladus is an ice-covered moon with a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Enceladus orbits Saturn and first came to the attention of scientists as a potentially habitable world following the surprise discovery of enormous geysers near the moon’s south pole.

These jets of water escape from large cracks on the surface and, given Enceladus’ weak gravitational field, spray out into space. They are clear evidence of an underground store of liquid water.

Not only was water detected in these geysers but also an array of organic molecules and, crucially, tiny grains of rocky silicate particles that can only be present if the sub-surface ocean water was in physical contact with the rocky ocean floor at a temperature of at least 90 ˚C.

Titan
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn and the only moon in the Solar System with a substantial atmosphere. It contains a thick orange haze of complex organic molecules and a methane weather system in place of water – complete with seasonal rains, dry periods and surface sand dunes created by wind.

The atmosphere consists mostly of nitrogen, an important chemical element used in the construction of proteins in all known forms of life. Radar observations have detected the presence of rivers and lakes of liquid methane and ethane and possibly the presence of cryovolcanoes – volcano-like features that erupt liquid water rather than lava.

This suggests that Titan, like Europa and Enceladus, has a sub-surface reserve of liquid water.

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