Below are all the articles covered on Episode 17 of Spaced Out.
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Elephants are wearing Fitbits!
The Great Wooly Mammoth Genetic Meltdown.
Tourists on the Moon?!
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, has announced that the commercial spaceflight company will be sending two tourists to the Moon in 2018. The two anonymous travelers will travel via a Dragon 2 capsule that will be launched into space by the untested Falcon Heavy (three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, literally). They will then fly around the moon and return home to Earth. If successful, it will mark the first-time humans have visited the Moon since 1972. Even though the travelers have already paid a deposit, the Falcon Heavy and Dragon 2 capsule are both untested…meaning those two travelers just might get their money back…
Pluto’s Got Mad Planet Support, Y’All:
Pluto got ripped off. Seriously. On August 24th, 2006, with only a few hundred people in attendance (versus the 2,700 that had already left the International Astronomical Union’s 26th triennial General Assembly) the IAU proposed to change the definition of a planet. In addition to being round and in orbit around the Sun, the celestial body needs to ‘clear the neighborhood’ to be considered a planet. (‘Clear the neighborhood’ means that the ‘planet’ must be the dominant gravitational force in their neighborhood.) The room voted and the motion was passed by a margin of 10 votes. But New Horizons geophysicists want a revote. They are proposing a new definition of ‘planet’ what will include good old Pluto. Expect a decision at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this month.
Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine, Space.com (other sources inline)