An interesting project called “Starlight” seems to have made use of thin film solar cell technology and advancements in lightweight materials technologies to create a perfect low cost solution for high altitude services, which engineers have been trying to achieve for long time.
Artist’s conception shows a hypothetical twin Earth orbiting a Sun-like star.
Does a twin Earth exist somewhere in our galaxy? Astronomers are getting closer and closer to finding an Earth-sized planet in an Earth-like orbit. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft just launched to find such worlds. Once the search succeeds, the next questions driving research will be: Is that planet habitable? Does it have an Earth-like atmosphere? Answering those questions will not be easy.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured a fuzzy image of the planet, known as Fomalhaut b, which is no more than a white speck in the dust ring that surrounds the star.
A little more of the universe has been pried out of the shadows. Two groups of astronomers have taken the first pictures of what they say – and other astronomers agree – are most likely planets going around other stars.
National Astronomical Observatories from Chinese Academy of Sciences has completed their long awaited project “The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope or LAMOST”.