Space Science Roundup

I will, at some point, have to write some science fiction set in space, if for no other reason than it will be the only way that I will ever get into space. Clearly, watching a man walk on the moon at four years of age had a deep and lasting impact on me. (I have no other way to explain my fascination with space exploration, except perhaps my mother’s love of _Star Trek_.)

* The first thing that caught my eye was the idea that how the moon was formed was not, as I had grown to believe, established. Far from it. That big impact that spewed debris into our orbit that congealed into the moon? [Maybe that isn’t the way it was.](
* [NASA listens to Jupiter]( and so can you. (At least now I want to try.) NASA even has a [Radio Jove]( program that lets you set up your own radio astronomy station.
* There’s some new rocket technology that might make travel in our neighborhood faster: the VASIMR plasma rocket: “VASIMR stands for Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, which makes use of argon gas (one of the most stable gasses known to man) and a renewable source of energy found in space, radio waves in the form of light.” On [Space Industry News](
* Here at home there are vast reserves of freshwater trapped beneath the oceans. On [ABC Science](
* Finally, has coverage of scientists telling Congress that we have the technology to discover alien life. (The trick, it seems to me, would be to find intelligent life in Congress.) On [](

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