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Space-based telescopes are key to efforts to image and characterize exoplanets -- planets that orbit stars other than Earth’s Sun. But these endeavors come at a great cost—and are not always affordable to astronomers who are pressed for funds to launch such telescopes.

That’s why a group of scientists led by Simon Thibault, a professor at Quebec’s Université Laval, is proposing a revolutionary alternative that may one day allow us to image Earth-like exoplanets at a much lower cost. Thibault and his team are proposing that it’s possible to conduct observations using a telescope and complex instruments that are mounted on a 100m-diameter sub-orbital balloon that floats in the stratosphere.

Telescopes mounted on such balloons have advantages that go beyond lower costs and potentially cutting-edge capabilities. When the time is right, it’s possible to bring them back to Earth to be updated, refurbished, and then relaunched with better, finer-tuned instruments, thereby maximizing the possibility of achieving the scientific goals of the mission.

HiCIBaS, the High Contrast Imaging Balloon System, is the result of an international collaboration among several institutions, including universities in Canada and the Netherlands, private companies in the US and Canada, and nonprofit organizations including the SETI Institute, and NASA.

Read more: https://buff.ly/2MAjg4n
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Paul Kupperberg DC Bronze Age Revisited-Bryn Cimino Welcome to Comics
First Paul Kupperberg is back with tales of his writing and editing days. From his runs in the Superman universe to his early Charlton days. Paul not only has comic book tales, but he was also in DC's licensing department, which had him writing stuntman sce...
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Tharsis region on Mars | ESA
Tharsis is also connected to the formation of the famous Valles Marineris, which is some four times longer and deeper than the Great Canyon in Arizona, USA, and the most extensive canyon system discovered in the Solar System. This is partly visible as the dark tendrils to the upper left of the image.

This map is based on data from NASA’s Viking mission. It shows the slice of Mars captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft to celebrate the mission’s 15th anniversary: the intriguing and once-active Tharsis province.

Included in this labeled view is the extensive canyon system of Valles Marineris, the web-like system of fissures comprising Noctis Labyrinthus, four volcanoes, and the northern polar cap.

This map was created by the Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing group at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Credits: NASA/Viking, FU Berlin
Release Date: June 1, 2018

+European Space Agency, ESA
+DLR, German Aerospace Center
+Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
+USGS News: Planetary Science

#NASA #ESA #Mars #Astronomy #Science #Space #Planet #Tharsis #Map #VallesMarineris #NoctisLabyrinthus #Volcanoes #Canyons #Geology #Geoscience #RedPlanet #MarsExpress #Spacecraft #HRSC #Anniversary #Europe #DLR #Deutschland #Viking #SolarSystem #Exploration #STEM #Education
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So, here's a weird concept:

Imagine building a table for minis scenery that's almost flat (just the grass and dirt and such), and then just pouring a flat, clear layer of resin over it to preserve it - like, a quarter-inch thick.

Then just face the other side with a neutral color, and put it on a set of (independently standing) legs.

Reversible minis tabletop, and pet-proof, to boot.
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Space pirates!

I buy 99% of my RPGs only in PDF these days, but when a product as special as the Pirates of Drinax campaign for Mongoose Traveller comes along, my heart goes pitter-patter and I have to make an exception.

It's a sandbox campaign with a fantastic hook -- the ruler of once-great Drinax, now a stellar backwater between two great powers, gives the PCs an old ship and a letter of marque, and asks that they secure the allegiance of the nearby worlds.

But, you know, they're motherfucking space pirates: They can do whatever the hell they want, and the campaign supports it. There's a neat system for tracking (and changing) how every important planet feels about the PCs, with real consequences waiting in the wings.

Need a bit more structure? The core is 10 adventures that can be run more or less in any order, anywhere. Some are opportunities signalled by rumors, while others are driven by outside forces. All adjustable to your game, of course, with copious notes about how to do just that.

Plus all the great tools I expect in an old school space sandbox: NPCs with motivations and roleplaying tips, ships, planets, deck plans, a gorgeous poster map, tons of info about the Aslan (who are key players in the region) and more. Its roughly 600 pages of material.

From what I've read so far, this is a stellar campaign.
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Now we have a FASERIP as well as 4CS
FASERIP/Four Color non-update
FASERIP/Four Color non-update
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When you mix resourceful fans with a loved super-heroic RPG: a fantastic custom sheet by Giblet Blizzard of RPG.net. :)
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TNG-era Star Trek ships for Strands of Fate! The best part about writing stuff up for Strands is, even with a complicated thing like a Trek ship, it's easy and fun.

http://invulnerablog.imperfekt-industrees.com/?p=1513
TNG-Era Star Trek Ships for Strands of Fate
TNG-Era Star Trek Ships for Strands of Fate
invulnerablog.imperfekt-industrees.com
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This is a first, very crude attempt at developing a dungeon mapping style. Obviously heavily inspired by +Dyson Logos. Hand drawn with pencil, then inked with Microns. I cleaned a little of it up in GIMP. It's supposed to be a small complex within an old burial mound, but I don't have an actual adventure to go with it. I was just doodling a floor plan and this is what I came up with. The lack of foreplanning shows, I think.
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