|dethalternate||Date: Saturday, 21-December-2013, 12:46 PM | Message # 1|
-- dragon lord--
Europe has launched what's been called the most ambitious space mission ever. The Gaia spacecraft has been under development for 20 years and features a camera so powerful it can precisely range and locate over a billion stars, accurately mapping the milky way for the first time. The camera is so sensitive it can even locate comets, exoplanets and brown dwarf stars.
In the last 90 Second Science of 2013, we start by looking at a team of British scientists who claim to have found alien biology in a tiny titanium bell collected in the stratosphere. The find is controversial, but the team say it proves alien life is arriving on Earth. We also take a look at the launch of the Gaia satellite, on a mission to map the entire milky way with pinpoint accuracy, revolutionising our understanding of the cosmos. Finally, we look at a US Department of Energy project which has found a way of quickly and efficiently turning algae into crude oil - potentially revolutionising the energy market.