OT: Proxima Centauri hosts potential Earth-like planet

OT: Proxima Centauri hosts potential Earth-like planet

Submitted by UMProud on August 26th, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Proxima Centauri, closest star to our Sun, as seen by Hubble

A planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri located about 4.24 light years away.   Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf and is about 15% as bright as our local star the Sun.  Interestingly, the planet found is located in the theorized habitable zone of the star.

Technologies are very close that would allow man to travel at nearly 20% light speed enabling us to visit this star within a 20 year timeframe.  As a reference, the Voyager probes were launched in the 70s and we would be receiving pictures of the planet by now if they had interstellar technology at that time.

Here is a summary of current & theoretical space technologies:


The most fascinating (to me) is the last one referred to as the "Alcubierre Warp Drive".  Basically a caterpillar drive that generates a warp bubble to travel.

Anyway, I found it extremely interesting that we found a potential solar system that we absolutely will be exploring sometime this century.  I hope I live to see it!


OT: NASA co-op opportunity for Michigan Engineers

OT: NASA co-op opportunity for Michigan Engineers

Submitted by DualThreat on November 10th, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Let's keep UM owning space.

I am a UM alum and, besides this board, I don't really keep in touch with the alumni association or have any other Michigan connections.  I thought this was at least a decent way to get the word out to my Michigan brothers and sisters:

On Monday, November 16, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (in Huntsville, AL) is going to post an announcement on USAJobs.gov asking for student co-ops (now called Pathways Interns) to start in summer and/or fall 2016.  However, this announcement will only be open for one day!  On top of that, only the first 75 applicants will be considered.

If you (or someone you know) is a Michigan engineering junior or grad student and are interested in NASA, go ahead and apply.  It would be best to establish an account on USAjobs.gov now to build a resume before Nov 15 so the "submit" button can be pressed on Nov 16.  Gotta be one of the first 75 applicants.

Zoltan is rooting for you.


UM Space

UM flag to fly in Orion Space Capsule

UM flag to fly in Orion Space Capsule

Submitted by DualThreat on November 19th, 2014 at 12:27 AM

U of M (still) owns Space.

For those unaware, December 4 next month will be the first ever launch of the Orion Crew Capsule.   Orion, similar in shape to the old Apollo capsule, will be the spacecraft of the future to ferry astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. 

This test flight coming up will be unmanned with the capsule on top of a Delta IV heavy rocket (the temporary launch vehicle until the SLS rocket is complete) but here's the cool part:  The capsule was designed by Lockheed Martin and a good number of the Lockheed engineers who designed it were Michigan grads.  I found out today that these Michigan grads are placing a UM flag in the capsule.  No other college flags are going and the only other flag onboard at all will be the United States flag.


OT: Moon Landing (cool story bro)

OT: Moon Landing (cool story bro)

Submitted by bluewave720 on February 15th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I was just watching the Olympics with the Mrs. and NBC had a piece about the space race between the United States and Russia.  It reminded me of an incredible story I heard.

I have had many conversations with a man who was employed at NASA at the time of the first moon landing.  As I'm sure you are all familiar with, Neil Armstrong, while taking his first steps on the moon, bounces slightly.  Most people think it was because of a lack of gravity.  My engineering friend said that was not why Armstrong bounced when he hit the moon's surface.

Before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, there was an extensive amount of discussion involving the NASA brain trust over what, exactly, the moon was made out of.  After months of deliberation, the panel had decided on two possibilities.  Either the moon was solid, and a human could walk on it.  Or the moon had a center comprised of space dust and any human who touched it's surface would fall a hundred meters into it's center and be lost forever.

Neil Armstrong, before placing his feet on the moon's surface, wasn't sure if he'd ever come back to Earth.  His bounce was a reflex, because he didn't know if he'd be buried forever in outer space, or be the first human to successful walk on the moon's surface .  

I've thought of this so many times and can't believe how bad ass that crew was for taking that trip.   

OT - Space, Bitches. Space (X) launches Falcon 9 Dragon to ISS

OT - Space, Bitches. Space (X) launches Falcon 9 Dragon to ISS

Submitted by Space Coyote on May 22nd, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Space X launched their Falcon 9/ Dragon Capsule to the ISS today.  Regardless if you feel if low earth orbit should have been privatized or not, it's still pretty cool.

Link to full launch (embed below).

"space" players

"space" players

Submitted by Jasper on October 8th, 2011 at 1:59 PM

A Friday article on the Grantland site about how teams are using "space" players in the NFL:


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My post is not intended as a slam on MANBALL or the current coaching staff, of whom I'm currently a big fan. If Hoke et al. want to move toward a Wisconsinesque road-grader offense that gets the job done, I'll be completely behind the idea.

But, I think the parallels between RichRod's offensive philosophy and what's described in the article are interesting. If his ideas were that lousy, would they be used at the highest level of football?

Go Blue: We landed on the moon!!!

Go Blue: We landed on the moon!!!

Submitted by Topher on June 29th, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Talk about some real American heroes...I have been watching Tom Hanks' slick miniseries "From The Earth To The Moon" and it's worth noting how many astronauts in the Apollo program were Michigan alums:

Gemini 4: James McDivitt, Ed White (first American to spacewalk)

Gemini 8: Dave Scott (enrolled at Michigan for one year, enrolled at West Point after that)

Apollo 9:  McDivitt, Scott

Apollo 15: Scott, Al Worden, Jim Irwin

NASA flew 27 manned missions comprising 59 total seats up to and including the last landing, and 12% of those seats were filled by UM alums. A few years back Michigan ran an ad with a very tinny The Victors emerging from an orbiting Apollo 15 command module with the caption "an all-UM crew." Sweet!

Semi-OT: Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell spoke at Tom Hanks' American Film Institute lifetime achievement award presentation. Similar to Scott, Lovell enrolled at Wisconsin for two years before being admitted to Annapolis and a street in Milwaukee is named for him. Check out the look on Hanks' face when Lovell is announced:


OT - New Life Form on Saturn's Biggest Moon?

OT - New Life Form on Saturn's Biggest Moon?

Submitted by Space Coyote on June 7th, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Because I love being OT lately (see http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-alan-ameche-story ) I figured I would make the a clearly worded subject line (unlike my previous post which absolutely 100% ignores rules about subjects for posts) and let everyone know that Orson Wells was right, Will Smith and the US Marshall from 'The Fugitive' have gone back to work ('MIB III' is soon to be a reality, but a for real reality not just movie reality), ID4, or the non-sense abbreviation for 'Independence Day' is coming soon, and 'Mars Attacks', with all it's famous actors (seriously, look up how many famous people were in such a bad movie) is now 'Saturn's Biggest Moon, Titan, Attacks,' (also known as 'Clash of the Titans'?)because new life may be lurking on Saturn's biggest moon.




For those of you not wanting to read it, the headline is misleading, like most news, to grab your attention and make you read it.  Life isn't a huge possibility, but there is some possibility that life forms on Titan are using Hydrogen (rather than Oxygen like on earth) to live.  Just thought it was interesting and I know there are a lot of space/NASA nuts in the mgocommunity.