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Old May 16th 2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Post Nasa's big announcement

For those of you who have heard rumors about Nasa's big announcement (moon crickets, another inhabitable planet, contact with intelligent life, I heard them all). The mystery is over:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch...ain/index.html

By examining a cloud of exploded remains, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has "carded" a supernova remnant to reveal its underage status. At a mere 140 years old, G1.9+0.3 is the youngest known supernova remnant in the Milky Way. The materials surrounding it are still expanding at almost 35 million miles per hour, an unprecedented speed for a supernova remnant.
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Old Apr 16th 2018, 01:47 AM   #2
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And now after 10 years, what's the development on this news? Is it already confirmed to be inhabitable?
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Old Apr 16th 2018, 06:40 AM   #3
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I think MathGuru was commenting on the excessive hype,
and consequential excessive speculation,
of a NASA "major announcement".

NASA announced that it was to make a press-release about a major new discovery.
The press speculated (wildly) about what this press-release might be about.
When the press-release was finally made, it turned out to be about a supernova remnant.

While very interesting scientifically,
the "man in the street" probably could not care less...
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Old Apr 16th 2018, 08:31 AM   #4
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I'm proud to say that I worked on that telescope on a part time job at MIT calibrating the CCDs. It used to be called the AXAF telescope.
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