Who will win the Space Race 2.0?

The first space race was between two countries: the USA and the Soviets Union. It was a race to put a man in space (won by the USSR) and then to get a man to the moon (won by the US). The new race, space race 2.0 is much more diverse, including several countries and private companies. It is about exploring the solar system, and putting human technology, or even humans, permanently on Mars. Right now, competing crafts from the US and China are approaching the red planet. With India and Space X on their tails. Who do you think will win this new space race?

Is it arrogant for humans to think 'we are alone'?

Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb thinks we are not alone. In fact he has just written a book "Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth." Int he book, he claims that the massive space object observed in October of 2017 was not naturally formed space debris, but was our first close encounter with aliens. Loeb, who is a well respected astronomer who worked with Stephen Hawkings and has published dozens of groundbreaking writes in his book:

"Thinking that we are unique and special and privileged is arrogant," he told AFP in a video call.

"The correct approach is to be modest and say: 'We're nothing special, there are lots of other cultures out there, and we just need to find them.'"

I, a fan of Star Trek, would agree with this. But I wonder how people who view humans from a religious or other viewpoint would see this statement. Do you think it is arrogant of us to think we are the only intelligent life form around?

Was our solar system visited by alien's in 2017?

In October 2017, Canadian astronomer Robert Weryk observed a football field sized object hurtling through our solar system. It appears as if this oblong object used the suns gravity to slingshot itself in order to continue its journey. The object has been given the Hawaiian name “‘Oumuamua,” or “scout.”
So far, nobody has given a good explanation for it. some say it was a asteroid, others say a frozen iceberg of hydrogen. All we know is that it was large, was tumbling through space, and is now gone. Could this have been an alien craft, collecting data on our star and the planets orbiting it? Was this space debris caused by warring alien nations? there are many more questions than answers. "When you rule out all other possibilities, whatever you’re left with must be the truth.”
So, what is the truth here, was it indeed an alien craft?

The Earth's Second Moon Gone

Back in September of 2020, a small object got caught in the Earth's orbit. A lot of people called it our second moon. Many people thought it was a rock. But, it ended up being a rocket booster from the 1960s. Now, it has left the orbit and is off into deep space. Did you even know this was happening? I sure did not.

Dr. Pais, a space engineer genius or a quack?

Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais worked for many years on a series of projects that can only be described as science fiction. And yet, he received many patents for these, and hundred of thousands of dollars from the US Navy to test them. His inventions included a "spacetime modification weapon" that would make the hydrogen bomb look like a firecracker. He claimed is invention could alter the very fabric of space and time.
I want to believe all this, but it sounds fishy to me. I know that they military has been involved in many other crackpot ideas in the past, so I am not sure if Dr. Pais is a genius or a crazy person. What do you think?

Who will control space in the near term?

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been having an open argument about who should control space. Musk's SpaceX is already deploying satellites to create a broadband network around the globe. Bezos on the other hand is still several years out from anything similar, but is saying regulators should step in and stop Musk's plan. He says it will interfere with future work. Musk's reply was basically, are we really going to hamstring this current project in hopes of a new one a few years down the road?
Personally, I think Musk as already proven so much, where as Bezo's has not, it seems to me like the underdog asking for help from the referees when he knows he will lose. Who of these two do you think will control space in the near future?

Full Wolf Moon

On Wednesday and Thursday, there is a Full Wolf Moon going on. The reason it is called this is because wolves were heard howling at this type of moon. Other names for this moon includes the cold moon, hard moon, severe moon, freeze up moon, and frost exploding moon. But, will you be watching this? It will pick around 2:16 p.m. Eastern Time. I am not really interested. You?

NASA Administrator Going To The Private Sector

Jim Bridenstine, the former NASA Administrator, is joining the private sector. He will now be investing in defense and aerospace industries. I am curious though. Why did he leave in the first place? Did he want some new possibilities in his life? Or was there bad blood? Not really sure what is going on. Give your thoughts.

How much will investors pay?

Axiom Space needed some people to fly in their mission to the International Space Station. But, they do have to pay. How much you ask? That is what I would like you to guess. Then, I will put it in the comments section. Give your best idea!

Is space full of alien tech trash?

One of Harvard's top astronomers, Avi Loeb, thinks he has found something new. He found an object, about the size of a football field, that was tumbling end over end through the galaxy. In 2017 this object passed by the earth, and a telescope in Hawaii was pointed at it. They ended up calling it 'Oumuamua', a Hawaiian word meaning “first scout from a distant place.” The objects strange properties have left researchers with two theories, it was “a new class of thin interstellar material, either produced naturally, through a yet unknown process […] or of an artificial origin”
I hope it was the former, but either would be incredible. do you think it is space trash from an alien race?