Posts tagged with ‘NASA

I support Doubling Funding for NASA and the Future Priorities of U.S. Involvement in Space because…

I believe in science.  While I don’t believe that there is a singular omniscient entity (God) keeping everything in order for us, I do believe that we are all more connected than we realize.

Here’s NASA’s totally awesome design for a future warp drive ship

Just because NASA’s budget isn’t nearly what it should be, it doesn’t mean they can’t dream big about the future. The above rendering is a beautiful look at what NASA thinks a warp drive ship of the future would look like. There’s the ship itself, and on the outside, you’ll notice the two enormous rings that would theoretically create the warp bubble.

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NASA has released a free ebook on communicating with aliens

Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on “issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology” to prepare us “for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.”

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Morning PSA: NASA is seriously underfunded, and you might be able to help

There is a group trying to help raise awareness for the pitiful state of NASA’s funding.  Right now they only get about 0.48% of the total yearly tax revenue, if we could increase that to 1% it would amount to an extra penny per person in the USA.  Imagine what we could do with that money! Please check out this video and share the Thunderclap page with whoever you can. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/11017-new-penny4nasa-site-video

NASA spots huge plumes of smoke in North Korea, probably all the meth labs

The above image was one recently captured by NASA satellites, showing huge fires and plumes of smoke running straight down one whole half of the country. NASA says it’s mostly likely famers clearing debris from farmland to help fertilize the soil, but personally, I think it’s all those damn North Korean meth labs that are putting Gus Fring’s operation to shame.

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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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