Posts tagged with ‘space exploration

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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Website of the day: Distractions in Space
Distractions in Space has a good collection of transcripts of conversations between astronauts and ground control from various Apollo missions, including this one about a turd floating through the cabin during Apollo 10.
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Website of the day: Distractions in Space

Distractions in Space has a good collection of transcripts of conversations between astronauts and ground control from various Apollo missions, including this one about a turd floating through the cabin during Apollo 10.

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Voyager has more or less left the solar system

While NASA won’t say yet that Voyager I has officially left the solar system, because it’s kind of a wide, wobbly border, but as far as we know right now, the tiny little space probe that could has pretty much left the solar system, making it the first manmade object to do so.

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