This off-grid, lunar lander-inspired tiny home is out of this world

July 12, 2018 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of going to outer space, prepare to swoon over this spacecraft-inspired tiny home  perched on the edge of the Columbia River in Central Washington. The holiday home — named the Lunar Lander — was designed and built by Kurt Hughes, a naval architect of Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs , who applied boat-building techniques to make the unique structure habitable, comfortable and environmentally friendly. Elevated off the ground on steel pillars, the off-grid, geometric abode measures only 250 square feet and weighs 3,000 pounds. Inspired by the image of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Hughes sought to create a tiny house with futuristic features, both in appearance and in function. Drawing on his years-long experience with boat- and home-building, Hughes used the latest marine composite technology to construct the dwelling, which is waterproof, airtight  and resistant to vermin, mold and insects. An air-to-air heat exchanger provides comfort and ventilation. The Lunar Lander has neither roofing nor siding, and it is primarily built of plywood, epoxy and fiberglass . Related: Subterranean fridge pod: keep food cold without electricity “The Lunar Lander is not only an interesting configuration, but an homage to a time when people did new things,” explained Hughes of his desire to push the envelope. “Innovators were prized, not feared. And what’s more, the actual Apollo astronauts trained some 25 miles from where this project is sited. The Lunar Lander can rest comfortably on drastic, uneven terrain, with virtually no environmental footprint .” Related: Sail your worries away on this solar-powered floating tiny home Topped with a transparent geodesic dome that fills the tiny home with natural light, the interior features external modules for the bathroom, galley, dining space and storage. A stairway leads down to the sleeping space. Solar panels are affixed to the top of the structure, and the unit is optimized for minimal maintenance. Hughes has also expressed the possibility of making larger models of the Lunar Lander in the future. + Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs Images via Kurt Hughes

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NASA officially logs Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as a celestial object

February 9, 2018 by  
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Elon Musk’s red space -traveling Tesla Roadster continues to make history. NASA has now officially listed the vehicle as a celestial object – in the same system tracking bodies in the solar system like planets. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted the news and a link to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s HORIZONS Web-Interface so you can check it out – and the listing reveals a few details about what else was aboard that Roadster. Gizmodo shared instructions for how to see NASA’s listing of the Tesla Roadster: once you click on the HORIZONS link: “click ‘change’ next to the target body, type in ‘ SpaceX ,’ hit enter, then click ‘Generate ephemeris.’” The Tesla Roadster is now described as a spacecraft , and the listing mentions the car’s passenger, a mannequin in a spaceman suit nicknamed Starman. Related: Elon Musk releases historic video of Starman cruising through space in a Tesla Roadster The Tesla Roadster, now in solar orbit, has been officially logged as a celestial object by NASA: https://t.co/bDz2zFWdIc pic.twitter.com/CEVjBZXeKH — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) February 8, 2018 The description of this new celestial object also says it “includes a Hot Wheels toy model Roadster on the car’s dash with a mini-Starman inside. A data storage device placed inside the car contains a copy of Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ novels. A plaque on the attachment fitting between the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the Tesla is etched with the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees.” Musk recently shared on Instagram what he said will be the last photo of Starman on the way to Mars orbit and from there, the asteroid belt. Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST The HORIZONS System “provides access to key solar system data and flexible production of highly accurate ephemerides for solar system objects (755,287 asteroids , 3,510 comets , 178 planetary satellites, eight planets, the Sub, L1, L2, select spacecraft, and system barycenters),” per the website . It seems Musk’s Tesla Roadster is now among those select spacecraft. + HORIZONS Web-Interface Via Eric Holthaus and Gizmodo Images via Elon Musk on Instagram , HORIZONS Web-Interface screenshot , and NASA/JPL-Caltech

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NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer and the job pays six figures

August 3, 2017 by  
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If you grew up loving Men in Black and Independence Day , we may have found the gig for you. NASA is hiring a “planetary protection officer” to defend Earth from alien contamination, and the job comes with a six-figure salary. The individual chosen for the position will be tasked with ensuring humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as making sure “alien matter” does not infect Earth. All in all, the ideal candidate can expect to make $187,000 (£141,000) annually with benefits. The NASA job post reads: “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic  space exploration .” It continues, “Nasa maintains policies for planetary protection, applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft , which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration.” Related: NASA video of the aurora borealis from space will make you catch your breath The Independent reports that the three-year-position was created after the United States signed the Outer Space treaty of 1967. The document vowed to “pursue studies of outer space … and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter.” Some speculate that the new hire will be part of the upcoming NASA expedition to Europa , a moon of Jupiter. The $2.7bn (slightly over £2bn) mission seeks to map the moon’s surface and analyze whether or not it is habitable. The probe will probably crash-land, but the planetary protection officer will likely be prepared for such an arrival. Though the gig might be a dream job for many, only select individuals may apply. Candidates must have at least one year’s experience as a top-level civilian government employee, as well as an advanced degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics. They must also have “advanced knowledge” of planetary protection, which we assume NASA will supply. Furthermore, the position requires “demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions.” Finally, only US citizens or US nationals may apply. + NASA Job Post Via The Independent Images via Pixabay,  USA Jobs

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

December 3, 2014 by  
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NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle  is designed for deep-space missions, most particularly the asteroid redirect mission in the early 2020s and future missions to Mars. This week’s flight, predicted as 70 percent ‘Go’ under prevailing weather conditions, will feature two Earth orbits. It’s “designed to test many of the riskiest elements of leaving Earth and returning home in the spacecraft” — before NASA puts a crew of astronauts inside! Read the rest of NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asteroid retrieval mission , deep space , mission to mars , nasa , Orion , Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle , space exploration , spacecraft , test flight

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Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

September 24, 2013 by  
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Space junk is an ongoing problem for the world’s space administrations as decades worth of satellite launches and space missions have filled the  Earth’s orbit with trash  such as fuel tanks, lost tools and parts of derelict satellites. In order to combat this growing hazard and to avoid potentially devastating  collisions , the Swiss Space Center at EPFL has launched CleanSpace One , a project to develop and build the first installment of satellites designed specifically to clean up space debris. Read the rest of Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean tech , cleanspace one , collisions , environmental destruction , epfl , green technology , Satellite , satellite cleans space junk , space debris , space junk , spacecraft , swiss satellite , Swiss Space Center , Swiss space junk program        

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NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

June 6, 2013 by  
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There are no two greater names in the worlds of adventure and imagination than NASA and LEGO . Now the famous toy-maker and space agency have teamed up to launch a design competition to help inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers. The “ NASA Missions: Imagine and Build ” Competition opens this week, and it invites entrants to invent the future of flight. Read the rest of NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Competition , imagine our future beyond earth , inveting our future of flight , lego , lego digital designer , nasa , nasa missions; imagine and build , space , students        

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Super Hurricane Spotted on Saturn has a 1,250 Mile-Wide Eye

May 3, 2013 by  
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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken astounding photos of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. According to NASA, the hurricane, which has been nicknamed ‘The Rose’ , has an eye which is about 1,250 miles wide. This is 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth, and about 12 times larger than the entirety of the UK. Read the rest of Super Hurricane Spotted on Saturn has a 1,250 Mile-Wide Eye Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Hurricane , nasa , saturn , Saturn hurricane , spacecraft , the rose , xassini        

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UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

September 14, 2012 by  
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The problem with nuclear energy has always been the radioactive waste that it produces. However the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory has decided to take a large store of waste plutonium at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site and use it to crate nuclear batteries to power the European Space Agency ‘s spacecraft. Read the rest of UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: curiousity rover , esa , european space agency , national nuclear laboratory , nuclear batteries , nuclear energy , nuclear power , nuclear waste , plutonium , sellafield nuclear reprocessing site , space batteries , spacecraft

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17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

September 14, 2012 by  
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Hand holding smartphone and heart monitor images via Shutterstock While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone , checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are using cell phones to build life-saving devices for developing nations. Wong, a New Jersey native, visited her local retailer and purchased some off-the-shelf electronics which she used to build an inexpensive electrocardiogram machine to track heart activity. But it doesn’t end there – the enterprising teen fashioned the device to wirelessly send the data collected to a Java-enabled cell phone app and then on to a diagnosing physician — all in real time. Read the rest of 17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Catherine Wong , cell phone , cell phone heart monitor , cell phone heart monitor app , Design for Health , heart monitor

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Death Valley is Officially the Hottest Place on Planet Earth!

September 14, 2012 by  
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This summer saw mercury climb to over 100 degrees  in New York City, but even if you thought that was hot, it’s nothing compared to the summer of 1913 in Death Valley . According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Randy Cerveny, an Arizona State Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the hottest temperature ever recorded was a searing 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley 99 years ago. But it has only just been recognized as the most extreme temperature ever recorded. Read the rest of Death Valley is Officially the Hottest Place on Planet Earth! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona State University , death valley , heatwave , hottest place on earth , hottest temperature ever recorded , randy cerveny , record temperature

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