April 1, 2009

Mars mission simulator

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , at 10:17 am by waynezwhirled

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A group is undergoing a long-term isolation test to simulate the group conditions that would be experienced on a Mars mission.

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March 30, 2009

Plants on the Moon

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 2:23 pm by waynezwhirled

Paragon Space Development Corporation has teamed up to try to be the first to have viable greenhouse on the moon.  From their news feed:

“The first Moon flower will become a reality when private lunar expedition partners Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development Corporation deliver a biological greenhouse to the lunar surface.”

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March 26, 2009

NASA Might Name Toilet For Comedian Stephen Colbert

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 1:00 pm by waynezwhirled

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According to Space.com, NASA spokesman John Yembrick said the Node 3 naming decision would not be made until April and that the “highest voted names” were receiving the most consideration.

“As for the toilet rumor, we don’t want to flush away any goodwill by announcing something before we are ready,” Yembrick said.

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Tissue regeneration research

Posted in medicine tagged , , at 8:57 am by waynezwhirled

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This is some very promising engineering that will help with tissue regeneration for organ and bone repair.  Kudos to him for not only doing the engineering but also pursuing the business aspects that will turn this into work that will have real impact in the near term.

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Committee for US Space Leadership

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 8:49 am by waynezwhirled

Some senior leaders have banded together to form the Committe for US Space Leadership.  They are trying to convince the Obama administration that it needs to actively address looming gaps in US space capability that will cause the US to fall behind other countries.

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Spaceflight over the next century

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , at 8:18 am by waynezwhirled

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Some prognostication of spaceflight activity/technology over the next century.

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March 25, 2009

Did you wash your hands?

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 10:17 pm by waynezwhirled

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Could there be aliens among us?  The Phobos Life Experiment will provide some information on the types of life that may be able to survive interplanetary transfer.

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Space Studies Board

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 10:07 pm by waynezwhirled

The input cutoff has past (Jan 30), but it will be interesting to see what comes of the Space Studies Board.  They are aggregating input on the civilian space program to propose future policies.

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Vision for Humans in Space

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , , , at 9:54 pm by waynezwhirled

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A forward look at the important area of human space exploration.  The “Future of Human Spaceflight” was writtent by a team of scientsts led by MIT researchers.  A full copy of the report is available from MIT.

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Can’t have too many robots.

Posted in Mars, robotics tagged , , , at 9:32 pm by waynezwhirled

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The EU-sponsored I-SWARM project is looking at the possibility of using small robots functioning in a cooperative swarm to provide repair support to Mars missions (as well as others).  The idea is to compensate for harsh conditions with high-redundancy and task distribution.

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