One of the most awesome dads of the year took an old video switching board from a local TV station, slapped some old NASA stickers on it and turned his son’s bunk bed into an awesome fucking spaceship.
This Christmas song, “Jewel in the Night” was written and performed by astronaut Chris Hadfield and recorded in outer space aboard the ISS on December 23rd. SPACE MUSIC.
Called the Z1, this new space suit prototype from NASA bears more than just a passing resemblance to Buzz Lightyear. All it needs is a laser gun in the arm and a pair of retractable wings and the future would truly be here.
There’s already been one humanoid robot deployed to the International Space Station, but it’s goal has been research. When Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives in 2016, he’ll be bringing along a small robot not as much as a helper but as a little robot friend.
Mars One is planning a one-way trip to Mars in 2023 and there are tons of people lining up to go. There’s no way back, so it means you’d die on Mars, but would you go?
Yesterday, NASA announced their findings from Curiosity rover soil samples, but in other really big astronomy news, the Voyager I space probe has discovered a brand new layer of the skin at the edge of the solar system— a “magnetic highway”, that ferries charged particles in a thin layer just on the edge of the sun’s reach.
Humans have always been clever at finding things to make tools out of, but if you’re up on the Moon and you’re in a jam, you can’t really sit down in your spacesuit and knap a moon rock into the tool you need. So for future lunar explorers, the other option might be 3D printing tools out of moon dust. Because if there’s one thing the Moon has way too much of, it’s dust. Those moon turds above are three different test prints, using moon dust as the 3D printing medium.
Getting enough exercise in space, without the benefit of gravitational resistance, is absolutely necessary to prevent muscles from atrophying and bones from becoming weak. Astronauts go through length workout routines to keep their muscles going and their heart healthy, but in the future, they might not rely as much on things like treadmills as much as a special exoskeleton designed for exercise.
A couple weeks ago, NASA’s Curiosity rover found a tiny shiny metal object on Mars that was assumed to just be a screw or a piece of chaff from the lander. Now, with more shiny particles showing up in the Martian soil, Curiosity has been scooping up these bits and bobs for further analysis, but NASA does seem to think they’re something native to the planet.
While the Curiosity rover was busy scooping soil up on the surface of Mars the other day, it spotted something odd in the otherwise red dirt— a tiny piece of silver metal. Of course, some people are going crazy over this, but NASA says it’s either a small part of the rover that’s fallen off or debris from the lander. YOU BE THE JUDGE.