Posts tagged with ‘NASA

NASA study concludes civilization as we know it only has a few more decades

According to anew study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, civilization as we know it is destined for collapse on a global scale in just a few decades. Why? Basically, the same reasons all major civilizations have collapsed— not one thing, but the entire system goes out if balance as populations explode, resources become scarce, the rich slowly start hoarding resources for themselves, widening the gap between rich and poor and eventually the wheels just come off.

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A giant sunspot has made a 3rd trip across the face of the sun
The sunspot in question has been responsible for 2 X-class solar flares, as well as several flares of lower magnitude. Most sunspots change and disappear in a week or two, but occasionally, they have some staying power. This particular flare has been around for over 100 days, making it an old timer, sunspot-wise. 
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A giant sunspot has made a 3rd trip across the face of the sun

The sunspot in question has been responsible for 2 X-class solar flares, as well as several flares of lower magnitude. Most sunspots change and disappear in a week or two, but occasionally, they have some staying power. This particular flare has been around for over 100 days, making it an old timer, sunspot-wise.

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It looks like there’s liquid water flowing on Mars right fucking now

The majority of exploration into the presence of water on Mars deals with looking for evidence that there was water on the planet at some point in the past. But NASA JPL has announced they think water may be flowing right this very moment. A combination of salt and iron may be giving this seeping groundwater a natural antifreeze property, and you wouldn’t want to drink it, but still, shit… water on Mars as we speak.

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NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon
Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.
Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon

Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.

Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

NASA will pay you $18,000 to stay in bed for 70 days. Done.

In order to understand how astronauts returning to Earth from a long space voyage would adjust, NASA is willing to fork out $18,000 to anyone who wants to stay in bed for 70 days straight. Sounds like an easy gig, but we’re talking about staying in bed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 70 days. Just laying there, tilted up at a 6 degree angle for nearly 2 and a half months. You don’t get to leave to use the bathroom or eat or anything. Sure, there are worse jobs, but overall it sounds like a good way to go insane. Is there beer? And frequent sex? No? Fuuuuck.

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For the first time, scientists map the cloud patterns of an exoplanet

The science of exoplanet detection and analysis has come a long way in a short amount of time. From simply being able to detect their existence, scientists have now, for the first time, been able to watch and map cloud patterns of a planet outside our own solar system. In just a month or two, we’ll be able to spy on their advanced alien culture and make fun of their silly hats.

By combining three years worth of infrared and visual observations from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes, a low -resolution map was stitched together showing high clouds in the gas giant’s western hemisphere. The planet’s eastern side sports clear skies, instead.

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The biggest victims of the government shutdown? Science, education and the poor. Good job.
On its 55th anniversary, NASA was forced to furlough 97% of its workforce, more than any other federal agency, as a part of the government shutdown. Let your elected representatives know that NASA should not be carrying a disproportionate amount of the burden of a shutdown.
Take Action Now To End The NASA Shutdown, Tell Congress To Put NASA Back To Work
Source: Slate

The biggest victims of the government shutdown? Science, education and the poor. Good job.

On its 55th anniversary, NASA was forced to furlough 97% of its workforce, more than any other federal agency, as a part of the government shutdown. Let your elected representatives know that NASA should not be carrying a disproportionate amount of the burden of a shutdown.

Take Action Now To End The NASA Shutdown, Tell Congress To Put NASA Back To Work

Source: Slate

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Han Solo frozen in carbonite spotted on the surface of Mercury
And it’s not just the interwebs… this is from the official NASA press release of this photo:
"If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises. In this image, a portion of the terrain surrounding the northern margin of the Caloris basin hosts an elevated block in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs."
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Han Solo frozen in carbonite spotted on the surface of Mercury

And it’s not just the interwebs… this is from the official NASA press release of this photo:

"If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises. In this image, a portion of the terrain surrounding the northern margin of the Caloris basin hosts an elevated block in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs."

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This is what it looks like when a tiny frog gets too close to a rocket launch. Fly high, little froggie.
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This is what it looks like when a tiny frog gets too close to a rocket launch. Fly high, little froggie.

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NASA wants to build a sailing rover to explore the hellscapes of Venus

NASA has collected a tremendous amount of data from its rovers on Mars, but rovers that work on Mars wouldn’t work on Venus. Venus is a whole different creature, full of thick, noxious air and boiling pools of sulphur and shit. So in order to explore, NASA is wanting to build a rover called “Zephyr” that would kinda sailboard just above the surface.

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Cassini’s new version of the “Pale Blue Dot”
As NASA’s Cassini space probe does its thing around Saturn, it turned around and snapped this gorgeous picture, similar to the Pale Blue Dot photo taken by Voyager 1 in 1990.
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Cassini’s new version of the “Pale Blue Dot”

As NASA’s Cassini space probe does its thing around Saturn, it turned around and snapped this gorgeous picture, similar to the Pale Blue Dot photo taken by Voyager 1 in 1990.

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Lego will be making a Mars Curiosity Rover set

Rejoice brickheads and space exploration fans! Lego will soon be releasing an official NASA Mars Curiosity Rover set. It will be just like building your very own Curiosity rover, only far less expensive and you won’t have to assemble it in a million dollar clean room.

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Google and NASA teaming up to create a quantum computing lab

Quantum computing seems to be the way of the future, but right now, only a few people have access to the technology. And that’s why Google is teaming up with NASA to create a quantum computing lab, giving scientists, students and engineers the opportunity to see what they can do with it.

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