786: Exoplanets

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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
  
In this comic, our friend Beret run to wake up Cueball with his potentially middle of the night revelation that Humankind is discovering "Exoplanets" or planets that exist outside of our solar system.  The indication is that these planets are habitable enough for humans, even if just for a visit.
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In this comic, our friend [[Beret Guy]] runs to wake up [[Cueball]] with his potentially middle of the night revelation that Humankind is discovering "{{w|Exoplanet}}s" or planets that exist outside of our solar system.  The indication is that these planets are habitable enough for humans, even if just for a visit.
  
Then Beret takes it a bit further thinking that one of the countries on Earth could restart Project Orion.  As Beret suggests, Project Orion was an early study that pushed for nuclear powered rockets for space travel.  However, the one major downside of Project Orion was the fallout zone that the nuclear launch would present on Earth.  But a nuclear launch in space on an asteroid or space station would not present those same problems.  Then Beret references Stargate:Atlantis when he mentions "City-Ships" as the city-ship Atlantis was the basis for the show.  The city-ships on Stargate:Atlantis are about the size of Manhattan.
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Then Beret takes it a bit further thinking that one of the countries on Earth could restart {{w|Project Orion (nuclear propulsion)|Project Orion}}.  As Beret suggests, Project Orion was an early study that pushed for nuclear powered rockets for space travel.  However, the one major downside of Project Orion was the fallout zone that the nuclear launch would present on Earth.  But a nuclear launch in space on an asteroid or space station would not present those same problems.  Then Beret references {{w|Stargate Atlantis}} when he mentions "City-Ships" as the city-ship Atlantis was the basis for the show.  The city-ships on Stargate Atlantis are about the size of Manhattan.
  
 
So, to sum up the comic.  Beret is very excited that we can see (with the Hubble telescope and other earth-bound telescopes) and find exoplanets.  Then with some advances in space technology we can create nuclear propulsion in space to reach these planets.  Have to admit, it is very exciting.
 
So, to sum up the comic.  Beret is very excited that we can see (with the Hubble telescope and other earth-bound telescopes) and find exoplanets.  Then with some advances in space technology we can create nuclear propulsion in space to reach these planets.  Have to admit, it is very exciting.
  
 
And Cueball would just rather snooze.
 
And Cueball would just rather snooze.

Revision as of 09:50, 8 August 2012

Exoplanets
I'm just worried that we'll all leave and you won't get to come along!
Title text: I'm just worried that we'll all leave and you won't get to come along!

Description

In this comic, our friend Beret Guy runs to wake up Cueball with his potentially middle of the night revelation that Humankind is discovering "Exoplanets" or planets that exist outside of our solar system. The indication is that these planets are habitable enough for humans, even if just for a visit.

Then Beret takes it a bit further thinking that one of the countries on Earth could restart Project Orion. As Beret suggests, Project Orion was an early study that pushed for nuclear powered rockets for space travel. However, the one major downside of Project Orion was the fallout zone that the nuclear launch would present on Earth. But a nuclear launch in space on an asteroid or space station would not present those same problems. Then Beret references Stargate Atlantis when he mentions "City-Ships" as the city-ship Atlantis was the basis for the show. The city-ships on Stargate Atlantis are about the size of Manhattan.

So, to sum up the comic. Beret is very excited that we can see (with the Hubble telescope and other earth-bound telescopes) and find exoplanets. Then with some advances in space technology we can create nuclear propulsion in space to reach these planets. Have to admit, it is very exciting.

And Cueball would just rather snooze.

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