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Jan 18, 2020

Lexus imagines space vehicles for humans on the Moon

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Lexus has revealed a series of lunar mobility concepts.

Jan 18, 2020

Scientists: Human Hibernation Is Entirely Possible

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And figuring out how to do it could help us reach Mars.

Jan 17, 2020

NASA Wants to Grow a Moon Base Out of Mushrooms

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats, space

Fungus Among Us

The idea is to ship dormant fungus to a Moon base and, once it arrives, give it water and the right conditions to trigger growth, according to a NASA press release. That would also require a supply of photosynthetic bacteria to provide the fungus with nutrients. Once the fungus grows into the shape of a structure, it would be heat-treated, effectively killing it and turning it into a compact brick.

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Jan 17, 2020

Massive asteroid ‘could be dangerous to life on Earth’ if it breaks up

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A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientists wrote in a report published Monday.

“The potential breakup of the rock could be dangerous to life on Earth,” Toshihiro Kasuga, a visiting scientist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Kyoto Sangyo University, said in a release Wednesday, according to CNET. “Those resulting asteroids could hit the Earth in the next 10 million years or so.”

The findings were first reported in The Astronomical Journal Monday.

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Jan 17, 2020

Stealth space startup SpinLaunch snares another $35 million from investors

Posted by in categories: energy, space

The secretive California-based startup, which is developing a novel kinetic-energy-based launch system, has received an additional $35 million from investors, bringing its total investment haul to $80 million.

Jan 16, 2020

Salt At Mars’ Poles Is Wildcard In Search For Martian Life

Posted by in categories: biological, space

Mars’ mysterious and unexplored poles may also harbor pockets of biology, says one planetary scientist.

Jan 16, 2020

Strange ‘Martian’ Mineral Mounds Rise Up from Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Posted by in categories: biological, space

Rare mounds of a crystalline mineral have emerged above the surface of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where they’re expected to remain just a few months before disappearing again.

Scientists think these mounds may be similar to mineral structures on Mars that could preserve traces of microbes that may have lived in the planet’s saltwater lakes billions of years ago.

Jan 16, 2020

Moon ‘shrooms? Fungi eyed to help build lunar bases and Mars outposts

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NASA researchers are investigating the potential of mycelia — the mass of nutrient-absorbing, widely branching underground threads that make up much of a fungus’s bulk — to help construct outposts on the moon and Mars.

Jan 15, 2020

NASA’s newest lunar rover was tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in a soil bin that mimics the Moon’s terrain

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The golf cart sized rover called VIPER will search for and sample water ice on the lunar south pole. LEARN MORE go.nasa.gov/2Nq3Lyq

Jan 15, 2020

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, habitats, health, security, space

Location: Manhattan, KS

NBAF - National Agor-Defense Facility

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will be a state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory for the study of diseases that threaten both America’s animal agricultural industry and public health. DHS S&T is building the facility to standards that fulfill the mission needs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which will own, manage and operate (PDF, 16 pgs., 165 KB) the NBAF once construction and commissioning activities are complete. The NBAF will strengthen our nation’s ability to conduct research, develop vaccines, diagnose emerging diseases, and train veterinarians. DHS S&T will leverage the facility as a national asset to fulfill homeland security mission needs.

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