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May 19, 2019

Apollo 10 Gave NASA The Chutzpah To Meet JFK’s Lunar Challenge

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Despite nearly crashing its lander into the lunar surface, NASA’s Apollo 10 mission paved the way for Apollo 11’s historic landing.

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May 18, 2019

O’Neill colonies: A decades-long dream for settling space

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

To that end, Bezos instead suggested people consider taking up residence in O’Neill colonies, a futuristic concept for space settlements first dreamed up decades ago. “These are very large structures, miles on end, and they hold a million people or more each.”

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May 18, 2019

How a year in space affected Scott Kelly’s health

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience, space

Nearly a year in space changed Scott Kelly’s genes, brain function and more, NASA’s Twin Study shows.

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May 18, 2019

Teen astronomer finds a planet with two suns

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Brian Wu, a teen researcher from New York City, has discovered a handful of distant planets, including a massive world that orbits two suns.

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May 17, 2019

NASA photographed the crash site of Israel’s failed moon lander, and it’s not pretty

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NASA found the Beresheet moon lander’s crash site via its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The agency posted images of the area on Wednesday.

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May 17, 2019

NASA designed space fabric to make space suits more flexible

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

Raul Polit Casillas at NASA’s JPL created a 3D-printed “space fabric” that’s flexible, easy to create, and a thermal regulator.

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May 17, 2019

Robert Zubrin Makes a Strong Case for Space Development

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, engineering, space

Greg Autry reviews Robert Zubrin’s new book, The Case for Space. The good doctor knows a lot more than just Mars. The book envisions a bright future for humanity in the solar system and beyond, backed by scientific, engineering and economic analysis from the expert who brought us the Case for Mars.

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May 17, 2019

Wireless neutrino network could pass through the center of the Earth

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Scientists working at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) near Chicago have successfully communicated a short digital message using a stream of neutrinos. While this sounds cool, the truly exceptional bit is that the message was transmitted through 790 feet (240m) of solid stone.

Neutrinos are subatomic particles (like electrons or quarks, or the theorized Higgs boson) that have almost zero mass, a neutral charge (thus their name), and travel at close to the speed of light. Unlike almost every other particle in the universe, neutrinos are unaffected by electromagnetism (because of their neutral charge), and only subject to gravity and weak nuclear force. This means that neutrinos can easily pass through solid objects as large as planets. Every second, 65 billion neutrinos from the Sun pass through each square centimeter of the Earth at almost the speed of light.

To recreate this effect, the Fermilab scientists used a particle accelerator (NuMI) to shoot a stream of neutrinos through 240 meters of stone at the MINERvA neutrino detector. If MINERvA detected neutrinos, it registered as a binary 1; no neutrinos, binary 0. Using this technique (pictured above), the scientists, with a burst of originality to rival Alexander Graham Bell himself, transmitted the word “neutrino.”

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May 17, 2019

10 Fire Fighting Inventions That Every Government Should Possess 🔥🌏

Posted by in categories: government, space

With sound extinguishers we can basically use no water would be good for space stations.

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May 17, 2019

NASA Wants to Build a Magnetic Force Field and a Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts on Mars

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on.

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) Program is responsible for funding futuristic space concepts that could, as NASA puts it, “change the possible.” It’s not enough to merely be a cool concept, though—projects are also screened for technical plausibility. In its latest round of funding, NIAC’s Phase II program has selected eight projects to move ahead. Among the most promising ones are three focusing on how to build livable future habitats in space.

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