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May 25, 2019

Scientists uncover exotic matter in the sun’s atmosphere

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space travel

Scientists from Ireland and France today [Thursday 23rd May] announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of the Sun’s atmosphere.

The scientists used large radio telescopes and ultraviolet cameras on a NASA spacecraft to better understand the exotic but poorly understood “fourth state of matter”. Known as plasma, this matter could hold the key to developing safe, clean and efficient nuclear energy generators on Earth. The scientists published their findings in the leading international journal Nature Communications.

Most of the matter we encounter in our everyday lives comes in the form of solid, liquid or gas, but the majority of the Universe is composed of plasma — a highly unstable and electrically charged fluid. The Sun is also made up of this plasma.

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May 25, 2019

Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

Space vehicles like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 are designed to be reusable. But this means that, like Olympic gymnasts hoping for a gold medal, they have to stick their landings.

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May 25, 2019

Draper to Advance NASA’s Human Lunar Lander Mission

Posted by in categories: space travel, sustainability

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Draper is part of five teams selected by NASA recently to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program. The NASA contracts, which carry a potential value of up to $45.5M, further the agency’s goal to put American women and men on the Moon by 2024 as a step toward establishing sustainable missions by 2028.

When the space agency signaled its intention to partner with American companies on the development of a human landing system in 2018, Draper—with a heritage in human space exploration—participated successfully in the solicitation process in partnership with the five companies. The formal solicitation, to be issued at a later date, will provide the requirements for lander development and a 2024 human lunar landing.

According to NASA, the contracts are intended to “transport astronauts in a human landing system that includes a transfer element for the journey from the lunar Gateway to low-lunar orbit, a descent element to carry them to the surface and an ascent element to return them to the Gateway.”

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May 24, 2019

Send Your Name to Mars: InSight

Posted by in category: space travel

Send your name to Mars and get your boarding pass! 😜.

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May 23, 2019

SpaceX’s deploys 60-satellite Starlink blob, all spacecraft successfully phone home

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX’s first 60 “production-design” Starlink satellites have been successfully placed in orbit, kicking off a constellation beta test at an unprecedented scale. According to CEO Elon Musk, all spacecraft also managed to successfully ‘phone home’ after separation.

The company’s Redmond satellite operators still need to verify that all spacecraft are functional and healthy after a Falcon 9 launch and chaotic deployment from the rocket’s upper stage, but the riskiest part of the mission is now arguably behind SpaceX. What remains is essentially a massive, hardware-rich test of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation, ranging from granular flight testing of individual components to an effective simulation of a full constellation’s operations.

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May 23, 2019

Send Your Name to Mars with the 2020 Rover

Posted by in category: space travel

If you’ve ever yearned to travel to Mars, now is your chance. Well, okay, you can’t travel to Mars, but your name can, and that’s as close as you’re ever going to get.

The Mars 2020 Rover is getting ready to begin its seven-month trek to Mars next July, and NASA says it’ll take your name along with it:

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May 22, 2019

The Genetically Engineered Astronaut

Posted by in categories: genetics, space travel

Can we create people who are optimized for ultra-long space travel?

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May 22, 2019

Survival in Space Unprotected Is Possible–Briefly

Posted by in category: space travel

But don’t linger in the interstellar vacuum, or hold your breath.

  • By Anna Gosline on February 14, 2008

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May 22, 2019

Zero-Point Energy Makes Power Pervasive & Free

Posted by in category: space travel

What would happen if energy, electricity, and power were pervasive and free? When a bum all the way up to an entire country would no longer have to worry about wars over oil, flights running out of fuel, or having to build a giant rocket to carry a giant tub of rocket fuel in order to get it to escape velocity and keep it going to Mars.

When you combine those two concepts: available anywhere at zero cost, you’ve got something more valuable than when man discovered fire.

Note that humankind didn’t invent fire. We discovered it. Because it already existed.

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May 21, 2019

All the buzz about NASA’s new fleet of space bees

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Robot bees are no replacement for our vital pollinators here on Earth. Up on the International Space Station, however, robots bearing the bee name could help spacefaring humans save precious time.

On Friday, NASA astronaut Anne McClain took one of the trio of Astrobees out for a spin. Bumble and its companion Honey both arrived on the ISS a month ago, and are currently going through a series of checks. Bumble passed the first hurdle when McClain manually flew it around the Japanese Experiment Module. Bumble took photos of the module which will be used to make a map for all the Astrobees, guiding them as they begin their tests there.

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