X-Plorers in softcover. Hell, pick up a few cool pulp sci-fi minis to fill out your crew while you're at it--and some dice--and you're ready to roll!
You can of course get the game direct from its publisher Brave Halfling as well. :)
|Star HD 85512; image via ESO and Digitized Sky Survey 2; Photo by: Davide De Martin|
Of the new finds, a total of five planets have masses that are less than five times that of Earth.That's the star pictured above. Get the full story or check out the Exoplanets link above for more resources.
"These planets will be among the best targets for future space telescopes to look for signs of life in the planet's atmosphere by looking for chemical signatures such as evidence of oxygen," said Francesco Pepe, from the Geneva Observatory, who contributed to the research.
The star HD 85512 lies some 35 light-years away and hosts a potentially habitable planet. One of the worlds, called HD 85512 b, is estimated to be only 3.6 times the mass of the Earth.
It is located at the edge of the habitable zone - the narrow strip around a star where liquid water can be present on the surface of a planet. Liquid water is considered essential for the existence of life.
|All images: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/ASU|
At the Apollo 17 site, the tracks laid down by the lunar rover are clearly visible, along with the last foot trails left on the moon. The images also show where the astronauts placed some of the scientific instruments that provided the first insight into the moon's environment and interior.While it's exciting to see that the equipment is still there, it's pretty awesome that the actual footpaths are also intact!
"We can retrace the astronauts' steps with greater clarity to see where they took lunar samples," said Noah Petro, a lunar geologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who is a member of the LRO project science team.
All three images show distinct trails left in the moon's thin soil when the astronauts exited the lunar modules and explored on foot. In the Apollo 17 image, the foot trails, including the last path made on the moon by humans, are easily distinguished from the dual tracks left by the lunar rover, which remains parked east of the lander.