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  • NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

    10/14/2017 9:54:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/14/2017 | Matt Williams
    Space Age, scientists have understood how beyond Earth’s magnetic field, space is permeated by radiation. This includes Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs), Solar Particle Events (SPEs) ... NASA is able to protect crews from SPEs by advising them to seek shelter in more heavily shielded areas of the station... GCRs are more of a challenge. These energetic particles, which are primarily composed of high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, can come from anywhere within our galaxy and are capable of penetrating even metal. To make matters worse, when these particles cut through material, they generate a cascade reaction of particles, sending neutrons,...
  • For a Successful National Space Council Revival, The Best Man Must Always Win

    10/10/2017 10:55:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    If the first-in-a-quarter-century meeting last week of the National Space Council was indeed President Trump’s effort to ramp up our national space program and provide benefits for all, then good.But if it is as some perceived – a gauzy send-up to resume the practice of shoveling taxpayer dollars to Washington’s official Friends of the Industry – then we should have no part of it.David von Drehle of the Washington Post took the low road because the Trump administration is involved, calling the commercial prospects for humans “a distraction” and “all pie in the sky.”But in addition to hundreds of thousands...
  • Nasa wants to alter the DNA of Mars astronauts ....to protect them from cancerous...space radiation

    10/09/2017 5:05:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 9 October 2017 | Tim Collins
    One of the techniques currently under development that it is following is NMN, a compound expected to enter clinical trials after it was shown to rejuvenate elderly mice in laboratory tests. It is also considering making more advanced tweaks or alterations to the DNA of its astronauts, although the moral implications of such a radical step will need to be addressed. This includes epigenetic modifications, which alter the way genes are read by the body without making changes to the underlying DNA code. Using such a technique would allow Nasa's scientists to turn up the volume on one genetic instruction...
  • Send your name to Mars on the next NASA mission with just a few clicks

    10/05/2017 2:43:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    abc30.com ^ | Tuesday, October 03, 2017 01:40PM | James W Jakobs
    Send your name to a planet, far, far away - for free!
  • NASA Is Testing Its Asteroid Defense System With a Real Asteroid

    10/05/2017 8:16:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Oct 5, 2017 | Avery Thompson
    NASA will coordinate with observatories around the world to try and get an exact trajectory for the asteroid in the days leading up to the flyby.... "This is the perfect target for such an exercise because while we know the orbit of 2012 TC4 well enough to be absolutely certain it will not impact Earth, we haven't established its exact path just yet," says Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies. This experiment will test how well NASA can determine the orbit of a newly detected asteroid that might pose a danger to us. If the...
  • NASA's Predawn Rocket Launch Will Test a Supersonic Parachute

    10/04/2017 8:22:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 3, 2017 11:18pm ET | Harrison Tasoff,
    NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 GMT). You can watch it live online at NASA's Wallops Ustream site here, beginning at 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT). The suborbital rocket will carry the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE), designed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. JPL engineers developed the parachute system to withstand the high speeds and thin atmosphere spacecraft encounter during the decent to the Martian surface. Wednesday's launch aims to test the system in the low density of Earth's upper atmosphere. ... NASA will use a 58-foot...
  • NASA gives sneak peek of its bold mission 'to touch the sun'

    09/27/2017 7:18:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | 09-27-2017 | Staff
    The spacecraft will have to survive temperatures as high as 2,500 Fahrenheit (1,371 Celsius) NASA Scientists have unveiled the Parker Solar Probe at a laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, on Monday (September 25). This latest spacecraft is being prepared to make an unprecedented plunge into the sun's atmosphere. "We're going to go into the corona, which is the home to many mysteries that have baffled scientists for decades and decades," explained project scientist Nicky Fox at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. The spacecraft will have to survive temperatures as high as 2,500 Fahrenheit (1,371 Celsius), impacts by supersonic particles...
  • ‘We Faked It!’ – Top Obama Official Stabs Him In The Back With Huge Admission

    09/20/2017 7:40:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    USA Politics Today ^ | 9/20/2017 | Gary Maher
    Climate Change. Officials from the former Obama White House are starting to speak out against the corrupt administration now that it is safe to come forward. It’s about time! The most recent official to come forward is Steven Koonin, the former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy. He is accusing President Obama of fabricating scientific evidence proving “climate change”. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin told the Wall Street Journal. According to Koonin, multiple departments responsible for environmental science either misrepresented data or completely...
  • NASA space psychology subjects end 8 months of isolation on remote Hawaiian volcano

    09/18/2017 10:10:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | Caleb Jones
    The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world’s largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth. They are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological impacts that a long-term manned mission to space would have on astronauts. The data they gathered will help NASA better pick crews that have certain traits and a better chance of doing well during a two-to-three...
  • NASA plan to stop supervolcano sparks doomsday fears

    09/18/2017 6:37:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/18/2017 | unknown
    Amid a summertime swarm of hundreds of earthquakes underneath Yellowstone National Park, NASA is developing a plan to tame a “supervolcano” that some experts believe is well overdue for a catastrophic eruption. The scientists’ plan: cool down the volcano. Volcanoes erupt when a certain heat threshold is built up within the magma, meaning that if enough heat can be let out of the volcano, it will never erupt. NASA’s idea is to pump water into the volcano after opening up a path via drilling. In theory, the plan would extract heat from the volcano and could even provide a new...
  • COuld NASA Really Defuse a Supervolcano? Plan Sparks Doomsday Fears

    09/18/2017 6:12:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 66 replies
    restoring liberty wnd ^ | Joe Miller on Twitter
    By WND. Amid a summertime swarm of hundreds of earthquakes underneath Yellowstone National Park, NASA is developing a plan to tame a “super-volcano” that some experts believe is well overdue for a catastrophic eruption. The scientists’ plan: cool down the volcano . . . Brian Wilcox of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology told the BBC an attempt to drill from the top of the magma chamber could accidentally cause the very thing the drilling was designed to prevent. To avoid that risk, he suggested drilling from outside the borders of Yellowstone and coming into the...
  • Delingpole: Trump Appoints Conservative Ex-Navy Flier to Run NASA; Liberal Heads Explode

    09/05/2017 7:02:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/4/2017 | James Delingpole
    The next head of NASA is likely to be an ex-Navy fighter pilot turned Republican congressman who believes strongly in space exploration but is skeptical about man-made climate change. What’s not to like about about Trump’s nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) for the job of NASA’s administrator? Everything, if you’re a liberal. According to New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, Trump just blew the perfect chance to change his “presidency from the chaotic mess of threats, bitterness and bilious paranoia to one of rationality and reasonableness.” Apparently, the job should have gone to a fully-fledged climate alarmist.
  • After a devastating hurricane, Trump still picks a climate change denier to head NASA

    09/03/2017 5:46:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 2, 2017 | by Linda Stasi
    Dear Donald, Hurricane Harvey could be your defining moment; the moment that changes your presidency from the chaotic mess of threats, bitterness and bilious paranoia to one of rationality and reasonableness. You, sir, could be the President that saves the planet. There is no denying that our weather is getting more severe, that the oceans are rising, the Arctic ice is melting and hurricanes are wreaking ever-more havoc each time one pummels another part of the country. Harvey has officially brought the most destructive rainfall in our nation’s history — more than 51 inches in some areas of Houston. As...
  • NASA's Next Mission to Mars Will Probe the Red Planet's Deep Interior in 2018

    08/28/2017 2:38:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    seeker.com ^ | August 28, 2017 4:14 PM EDT | Elizabeth Howell
    The InSight project, NASA’s first mission to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, is on track for a 2018 liftoff after needing to be delayed two years due to a technical issue. Scientists hope that it will help explain the formation of rocky planets, including our own. ... InSight is expected to launch sometime in the five weeks following May 8, 2018, with a course charted for its arrival shortly after Thanksgiving. Lockheed Martin Space Systems has constructed the mission’s spacecraft — a stationary lander that will be positioned near the Martian equator — and is currently testing it at...
  • NASA Snaps Space Station Crossing the Solar Eclipse

    08/21/2017 12:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    CNET ^ | August 21, 2017 | Amanda Kooser
    Look closely at this photo of the great North American solar eclipse. You'll notice the sun and the moon's rounded bite taken out of the side. Most of the dark specks are sunspots. But there's something else notable. A larger speck near the curve of the moon's shadow is the International Space Station. The International Space Station Twitter account shared the photo on Monday with the message "It's the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017." The ISS looks different from the sunspots. You can even make out the...
  • NASA 2017 Eclipse Livestream

    08/21/2017 1:02:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 92 replies
    NASA ^ | August 21, 2017 | NASA
    Solar Eclipse 2017 On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.
  • NASA to Stop a Doomsday Supervolcano by Stealing its Heat

    08/20/2017 8:45:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 18, 2017 | Avery Thompson
    Beneath Yellowstone National Park is a giant volcano. The heat from this volcano powers all of the park's famous geysers and hot springs, so most tourists probably don't worry about having tons of hot magma under their feet. But perhaps they should: The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen. The supervolcano erupts about every 600,000 years, and it's been about that long since the last eruption. That means the volcano could erupt any day now, and if it does it'll send enough dust and ash into the sky to blot out the sun for years, along with blowing...
  • A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest

    08/18/2017 4:14:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 August 2017 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest to come this close since they began keeping track ... [ full ] This is the closest an object this large has come ... since 1890. A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1. ... The asteroid, named for Florence Nightingale, was first spotted in 1981, and the flyby in September will be the closest it’s come to Earth since 1890. ... According to NASA,...
  • Nasa to wake up New Horizons spacecraft for voyage into mysterious Third Zone

    08/13/2017 5:47:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sarah Knapton
    On September 11, the spacecraft will awaken for its 16 month journey to MU69, an ancient object which is thought to be one of the early building blocks of the Solar System. The space rock had not even been discovered when the craft launched in 2006 and the flyby will be the most distant in the history of space exploration, a billion miles beyond Pluto, and four billion miles from Earth. Recent observations of MU69 from the Hubble Space Telescope show it is probably two ‘binary’ objects or a pair of space rocks ‘stuck-together’ bodies which are each around 12...
  • Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA’s WB-57F Jets

    08/12/2017 5:46:32 PM PDT · by ETL · 30 replies
    NASA.gov ^ | July 25, 2017
    For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? Following the shadow of the Moon in two retrofitted WB-57F jet planes. Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and his team will use two of NASA’s WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on Aug. 21. Taking observations from twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes, Caspi will ­­­­­capture the clearest images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere —...