Archive for the ‘space travel’ category

Nov 19, 2019

ESA studies human hibernation for space travel

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space travel

In movies and books, fictional astronauts enter ‘suspended animation’ to cross the vastness of space. Recently ESA investigated how real-life crew hibernation would impact a space mission to Mars.

Nov 19, 2019

Researchers Describe Prospects Of Hibernation For Space Exploration

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ESA scientists optimized a hibernation mission to Mars.

Nov 18, 2019

Nanoracks just booked a SpaceX launch to demo tech that turns used spacecraft into orbital habitats

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, space travel

SpaceX is going to launch a payload for client Nanoracks aboard one of its new rideshare missions, currently targeting late 2020, that will demonstrate a very ambitious piece of tech from the commercial space station company. Nanoracks is sending up a payload platform that will show off how it can use a robot to cut material very similar to the upper stages used in orbital spacecraft — something Nanoracks wants to eventually due to help convert these spent and discarded stages (sometimes called “space tugs” because they generally move payloads from one area of orbit to another) into orbital research stations, habitats and more.

The demonstration mission is part of Nanoracks’ “Space Outpost Program,” which aims to address the future need for in-space orbital commercial platforms by also simultaneously making use of existing vehicles and materials designed specifically for space. Through use of the upper stages of spacecraft left behind in orbit, the company hopes to show how it one day might be able to greatly reduce the costs of setting up in-space stations and habitats, broadening the potential access of these kinds of facilities for commercial space companies.

This will be the first-ever demonstration of structural metal cutting in space, provided the demo goes as planned, and it could be a key technology not just for establishing more permanent research families in Earth’s orbit, but also for setting up infrastructure to help us get to, and stay at, other interstellar destinations like the Moon and Mars.

Nov 18, 2019

Hibernation Could Reduce Spacecraft Size For Human Trips To Mars, Says ESA

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ESA is getting serious about how hibernation could be used on long-duration space flights.

Nov 16, 2019

Tardigrade DNA Added to Human Cells Could Help Us Survive on Mars, Scientist Says

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, space travel

SOME Geneticists scare the hell out of me??? AEWR.

Will we one day combine tardigrade DNA with our cells to go to Mars?

Chris Mason, a geneticist and associate professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell University in New York, has investigated the genetic effects of spaceflight and how humans might overcome these challenges to expand our species farther into the solar system. One of the (strangest) ways that we might protect future astronauts on missions to places like Mars, Mason said, might involve the DNA of tardigrades, tiny micro-animals that can survive the most extreme conditions, even the vacuum of space!

Nov 16, 2019

Regular Crew Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Likely Won’t Start Until Summer 2020, NASA Inspector General Says

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A new report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General finds that regular commercial crew flights by private companies SpaceX and Boeing likely won’t begin until summer 2020, despite NASA’s push for spring 2020 targets.

Nov 15, 2019

The New Space Race: Who is going to start a Bitcoin Node to Mars first?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, space travel

We stand at the dawn of the space age, a time when we can see the very, very beginning of exploring the vastness of the unknown.

The live-streamed launch of a space rocket is the new entertainment for the revolutionary generation, the millennials who think they can really change the world.

Empowered by the digital revolution and even the crypto revolution, astute many of them and some of them actual geniuses, a new era is at inception where kids play almost at the same level as vast governments.

Nov 13, 2019

King of the Gods

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space travel

NASA launched the Juno mission to Jupiter on August 5, 2011. After a five-year flight, the spacecraft entered orbit on July 4, 2016.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, with an equatorial diameter of 142,984 kilometers. It is so large that it could contain all of the other planets within its volume. Since Jupiter rotates in a mere 9.925 hours, its equatorial diameter is more than 9275 kilometers greater than the distance between its poles.

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Nov 13, 2019

This Stingray-Shaped Spacecraft Could Be Perfect For Exploring Venus’ Dark Side

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Researchers are designing a stingray-shaped spacecraft to explore the dark side of Venus.

(Image: © CRASH Lab, University at Buffalo)

Could a stingray-shaped spacecraft get to the dark side of Venus by flapping its wings?

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Nov 12, 2019

Assembling Large Frames in Space For Massive Mars Colonization Ship

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Gateway Foundation is working on creating orbital assembly line and block construction systems. They would want to create a 244 meter long and 71 meter wide Mars Colonial Transport.

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