Breakthrough Starshot

A new project, beam-powered sail to the nearest star! Yuri Milner funds this project with $100 millon.

Breakthrough Initiatives: Starshot

ArsTechnica: Breakthrough Starshot announces plans to send ship to Alpha Centauri Stephen Hawking helps launch Project Starshot for interstellar space exploration Breakthrough Starshot infographic

Breakthrough Initiatives

Wikipedia: Breakthrough Initiatives | Yuri MilnerPete Worden


SpaceX ocean landing

The SpaceX CRS-8 landing at sea is fantastic.

Above is launch and landing of first stage. Below is the press conference. Elon Musk says at the end that he will talk about his plans for Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico in September.

WhatsApp is now encrypted

We know from the Apple-FBI debacle that intelligence stops at nothing to know our secrets. Criminals and terrorists already know how to protect themselves. Why cannot decent people have privacy? That’s what distinguishes us from totalitarian societies.

If you’re using an updated version of WhatsApp today you’re encrypted from one end to the other.

Wired: WhatsApp just switched on encryption for a billion people

Open Whisper Systems: WhatsApp’s Signal Protocol integration is now complete

Edward Snowden:

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say

Wikipedia: Nothing to hide argument

SpaceX soon to launch BEAM to ISS

Soon the first inflatable module to the International Space Station will be launched. This is not about hotels in space, it might be the way we go to Mars.

Bigelow Aerospace: BEAM

TechCrunch: SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat

Wired: NASA is finally sending an inflatable habitat to the ISS

Space Daily: NASA progresses towards SpaceX resupply mission to Space Station

ArsTechnica: Here’s why next the SpaceX launch isn’t just about the booster landing

Spaceflight Insider: NASA highlights SpaceX CRS-8 experiments

Wikipedia: Bigelow Expandable Activity ModuleNASA TransHabSpaceX CRS-8

What if the universe was created just for you?

Assiye Süer is an enthusiastic space explorer who held her first TEDx event in December. She has a blog at, it’s in Swedish but you’ll easily find the translate button. Her blog covers most things related to astronomy and I think we’ll see more of Süer in the public outreach field.


TEDx Talks | YouTube