Elon Musk reveals first official photo of the SpaceX space suit

August 24, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk surprised fans on Instagram by sharing the first official photo of the SpaceX space suit. In the caption, he teased details about the suit, mentioning that it definitely works and was tested to double vacuum pressure. Musk admitted that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and function. “First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk wrote on Instagram. “More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.” First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:59am PDT Though Musk failed to mention the specific purpose of the suit, The Verge suggests they are to be worn by astronauts when riding inside the SpaceX Dragon Capsule. Because they are pressure suits, they are not meant for spacewalks. Rather, the gear is designed for astronauts to wear during transport – just in case the capsule depressurizes. NASA astronauts will also don the suits for the commercial crew program, when SpaceX starts launching people to and from the International Space Station . Related: NASA considers puncturing Yellowstone supervolcano to save life on Earth The helmet and sleek aesthetic of the suit make it look as if it’s ready to debut in a sci-fi flick. At the same time, it pays homage to “old school” space suits NASA astronauts wore to the moon. Within days, more information on the new SpaceX suit will be revealed. Via The Verge , CNBC Images via SpaceX , Elon Musk

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NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

April 27, 2017 by  
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A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to help feed astronauts on other planets. The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project would allow astronauts on deep space missions access to healthy, fresh food year-round. The greenhouse is made of an inflatable material and functions as a closed loop, integrated with the astronaut’s life support systems. The carbon dioxide released by the astronauts is used to support the plants, which convert it into oxygen while also providing a source of food. Water to grow the plants would be brought along or gathered on site, depending on whether the site had ice or liquid water nearby. Then the water would be oxygenated and infused with nutrient salts, continuously slowing across the root zone of the plants. The entire process is designed to mimic the resources that plants would have access to on Earth, in order to give them the optimal conditions for growth. Research is still ongoing to determine which plants, seeds, and other materials would be most suitable for use on the moon or Mars . Related: Trump plans to strip NASA’s earth science division, promote mission to Mars The plants would need to be protected from the harsh radiation of space on a planet without Earth’s protective atmosphere, so the greenhouses would likely be buried under the ground for protection, and the plants would be fueled by special lighting instead of natural sunlight. Scientists have had success both with LED lighting and light concentrators that use fiber optic bundles to channel natural sunlight from the outside. While the current experiments with the greenhouse are taking place on Earth, astronauts on the International Space Station have been experimenting with the practical challenges of growing food in space. NASA’s Veggie Plant Growth System was the first American fresh-food growth experiment on the station back in 2014. + Prototype Lunar Greenhouse

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Vietnam’s "Forest in the Sky" apartment building is topped with 50,000 trees

April 27, 2017 by  
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This lush residential complex in Hanoi takes green living to the extreme. More than 50,000 trees, shrubs and colorful flowering vines were used to cover the Forest in the Sky building, virtually camouflaging it into the surrounding forest. Along with the ample greenery, the building is equipped with various advanced green technologies and uses 20 percent less energy, and water than a traditionally-constructed building. The green “jungle” building is a prime example of green living and will set a new sustainability standard for Vietnam building practices. Besides its green exterior, which helps insulate the building, the tower is equipped with numerous sustainable features. Under the lush greenery, the interior and exterior walls are made of eco-friendly cellular lightweight concrete blocks that offer optimal insulation from extreme heat and cold as well as sound. Related: Posh new Vietnamese hotel with a lush green facade brings guests closer to nature The building also uses high-efficiency hot water boilers, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and energy-efficient lighting to reduce energy usage. Future residents will not only be able to enjoy the amazing greenery and stunning views of the location, but will also enjoy the benefits of green living such as low utility bills. The Forest in the Sky project has recently been awarded the preliminary EDGE certificate from SGS Vietnam , which is awarded to buildings that achieve a minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, water and embodied energy than traditional buildings. + Coteccons

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The Russians want to build an outpost on the moon

January 5, 2015 by  
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The owners of a private Russian company claim they have the capability to build an outpost on the moon. According Next Big Future, a company called Lin Industrial has its sights set on a first-stage lunar base near the moon’s south pole to be followed by a second-stage facility as part of a project with an estimated cost of $9.3 billion. But as of press time, it’s unclear where the required funding will come from. Read the rest of The Russians want to build an outpost on the moon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronauts , construction , cosmonauts , Lin Industrial , living on the moon , lunar base , lunar outpost , moon , moon base , private company , Projects , rocket , rockets , russia , Russian company , space exploration , tech company

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This Ugly Sandal Is Helping NASA Study Effects of Zero Gravity

June 8, 2014 by  
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Normally, we’d advise against wearing sandals that look like this, but there’s a reason why some of the smartest people in America are excited about it. NASA is using these modified sandals, dubbed Force Shoes , to learn more about the forces put on the astronauts while in zero gravity in space. The orthotic sandals are equipped with sensors to determine the impact of the workouts astronauts do to maintain muscle and bone health while in orbit. Follow the link below to learn more about this questionable fashion is answering questions about life in space. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , nasa , NASA Force Shoes , NASA Sandals , NASA zero gravity , ugly sandals , zero gravity sandals , zero gravity shoes

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NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

September 30, 2013 by  
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The dream of 3D printing in space is speeding ever closer to reality. Last year, word that NASA intended to send a 3D printer to space  smacked of a lofty dream machine. But just a few weeks ago, Made in Space wrapped up another pre-launch 3D-printing test, which included an exercise that solved the infamous 1970 Apollo 13 problem , when moon-bound astronauts jury-rigged their own carbon dioxide filter in a harrowing number of days, in just hours with a newly printed replacement part. Read the rest of NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , 3D printing , astronauts , DIY , fabrication , filament , Getting Stuff to Space , international space station , iss , made in space , nasa , News , rockets , space travel , Spacex Falcon        

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Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

September 3, 2013 by  
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With the landing of the Mars Rover , many feel we’re closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony – but there’s still the question of how to sustain humans on a dead planet. Fortunately, a group of Greek students have come up with a deployable greenhouse that could feed Mars settlers (assuming we could get them there in the first place). The project (called “ Popeye on Mars “) has been named a winner in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge , a competition that seeks to engage thousands of people around the world in space exploration. Capable of producing fresh spinach in just 45 days, the dome-shaped aeroponic growing system could be used for pre-deployment on a space mission to the Moon or Mars. Read the rest of Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aeroponics , astronauts , food , Gardening , greenhouse design , mars , nasa , popeye , space travel , student design        

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America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

September 3, 2013 by  
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3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

February 6, 2013 by  
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Like a scene out of Star Trek, imagine one day being able to create an entire meal with the push of a button. For astronauts headed to Mars , 3D printers could potentially be their mechanical chefs, thanks to technology pioneered by such scientists as the Cornell University’s Fab@Home Student Project Team . They have developed gel-like substances called hydrocolloids that can be altered with flavoring agents to produce different tastes and textures when printed. Read the rest of 3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed food , 3d printer , astronauts , cornell university , fab@home student project team , hydrocolloids , jeffrey lipton , mars , michelle terfansky , space , star trek , University of Southern California

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Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush

September 7, 2012 by  
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Toothbrush photo from Shutterstock When it comes to sheer ingenuity, you can’t beat the geniuses at NASA . After all, these are the people that put the Curiosity Rover on Mars , men on the moon and improvised a way to adapt Apollo 13′s square carbon dioxide scrubber cartridges to fit the Lunar Module’s round cartridges using nothing but the scant materials on board. Their latest feat is just as impressive – for the past week, astronauts Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide have been unable to install a new main bus switching unit (MBSU) on the International Space Station due to stuck bolts. However a brainstorming session at NASA’s Johnson Space Center yielded a solution, and it involved the use of a common household item – a toothbrush! Read the rest of Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , astronauts , curiosity rover , household items , international space station , MSBU , nasa , recycling , Solar Power

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