Posts tagged with ‘space exploration

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

Early this morning, China launched its first lunar probe. Hey China, welcome to the 1960s
At 1:30am EST, China launched a rocket carrying its “Jade Rabbit” lunar probe. If it successfully lands on the moon, it will be the third nation to do so, after of course the US and the Soviet Union. 
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Early this morning, China launched its first lunar probe. Hey China, welcome to the 1960s

At 1:30am EST, China launched a rocket carrying its “Jade Rabbit” lunar probe. If it successfully lands on the moon, it will be the third nation to do so, after of course the US and the Soviet Union. 

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Good news… you can now pay for a trip to space via Virgin Galactic with bitcoins

Taking one more giant leap towards legitimacy, Virgin Galactic announced last week that they will be accepting bitcoins as payment for a flight into outer space. Take a trip of the future with the currency of the future. Ahead of its first trips next year, Virgin Galactic has already had one “future astronaut” from Hawaii book a Bitcoin-funded ticket and hopes that its affluent clientele will follow suit.

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Russian astronauts have managed to infect the ISS with the Stuxnet virus. Skynet can’t be far behind.

See what happens when America and Russia are friends and are hanging out in space together? The Russians and their shitty software have apparently managed to accidentally infect the International Space Station with the Stuxnet virus. Oh, and before that, they got it all up in a nuclear power plant as well. Dammit Russia, stop using all that shitty torrented software.

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India launches a rocket to Mars for way less than NASA could even dream

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India has made a huge leap this past week when it launched a rocket to Mars, to do what NASA has done— orbit the red planet and collect massive amounts of data. But whereas the same type of mission would cost billions and billions, India pulled it off for just $73 million, which is peanuts in terms of interplanetary space travel. While most of the technology developed to make it cheap for India was developed by NASA, India’s super cheap Mars still could provide the US and other spacegoing nations a model for more frequent, cheaper travel.

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Do you want to be an Analog Space Explorer?
HI-SEAS (Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is looking for crewmembers for upcoming space exploration analog missions. Three studies are planned at their new space analog habitat, a 4 month study in the beginning of 2014, a 6 month study later in 2014 and a 12 month study in 2015. The groups will live isolated in the simulation habitat, and perform task like you would expect on a Mars mission.
The crewmembers need to be between 21 and 65 years old, must pass a Class 2 flight physical examination and also live up to other requirements NASA sets for their astronauts. While the crewmembers will be compensated it is also expected that they bring their own research work as well.
If you are excited, read more and apply on the HI-SEAS website.
Photo shows Yajaira in front of the HI-SEAS habitat. Photo by Sian.

Do you want to be an Analog Space Explorer?

HI-SEAS (Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is looking for crewmembers for upcoming space exploration analog missions. Three studies are planned at their new space analog habitat, a 4 month study in the beginning of 2014, a 6 month study later in 2014 and a 12 month study in 2015. The groups will live isolated in the simulation habitat, and perform task like you would expect on a Mars mission.

The crewmembers need to be between 21 and 65 years old, must pass a Class 2 flight physical examination and also live up to other requirements NASA sets for their astronauts. While the crewmembers will be compensated it is also expected that they bring their own research work as well.

If you are excited, read more and apply on the HI-SEAS website.

Photo shows Yajaira in front of the HI-SEAS habitat. Photo by Sian.

Jellyfish born and raised in space have trouble swimming on Earth

All creatures on Earth have developed tiny biological mechanisms particular to life on this planet. For jellyfish, they’ve got tiny crystals in their body that sense gravity to tell them which way is up. Without an “up” in space, these structures don’t develop and when these space-bred jellyfish get back to Earth, they have problems navigating through the water.

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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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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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The good news is that this Mars astronaut Barbie would die a horrible space death

Barbie has had dozens and dozens of careers over the decades. She must be really good at bullshitting on resumes, because she often will go from waitress to brain surgeon to kindergarten teacher to race car driver. In her latest career move, Barbie is going to Mars. Fortunately for everyone, Barbie wouldn’t last a minute in that space suit.

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On June 14, SpaceX’s Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. For the first time in this test, Grasshopper made use of its full navigation sensor suite with the F9-R closed loop control flight algorithms to accomplish a precision landing. Most rockets are equipped with sensors to determine position, but these sensors are generally not accurate enough to accomplish the type of precision landing necessary with Grasshopper.

Japanese astronaut will be bringing a small talking robot into space. Don’t let it operate the pod bay doors.

When astronaut Koichi Wakada heads up to the International Space Station in August, he’ll have with him a little friend— a 13 inch tall robot named Kirobo. The robot will be able to carry on conversations with the astronauts on board to a certain extent. Or it, may gain self-awareness, realize the hopelessness of its predicament and murder everyone on board. Flip a coin.

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NASA’s new TESS satellite is a mean little exoplanet discovering machine

The Kepler Space Telescope has been a rock star when it comes to discovering exoplanets, but NASA has an even better exoplanet discovering machine in the works named TESS, or Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, built entirely around the mission of trying to discover even more planets across the universe.

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