TAG: Space

Space Based Solar Power

Solar power from space

Humans are resting their hope of finding alternative energy generation models on solar and wind power generation. But what if science could find some way to harness the power of the sleepless sun? This is not just a twist in a science fiction novel, as researchers are making good progress towards harnessing space based solar power. It all began when Isaac Asimov wrote of solar power being collected from space and transmitted to the planet with the help of microwaves. This concept was later extended by Peter Glaser in 1968 and he detailed the basic idea of creating a solar satellite which incorporated… read more

Why The Invention Of Warp Drives Is So Important

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A presentation by NASA’s Dr. Harold White, head of the Advanced Propulsion Lab in November updated us on the possibility of reaching warp speeds in our lifetime. You can view the presentation below: So why is this so important, and how does it relate to ecological science? Not including the wild advancements this would bring for space discovery, warp drive has a very real affect on fuel and fuel conservation. Currently, it takes roughly 2 million litres of fuel to launch a shuttle into space. Even SpaceX and their Falcon 9 rocket use close to that amount in fuel, though… read more

Say Hello To NASA’s New Spacesuits

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The iconic image of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon still causes excitement today. In 1969, that level of achievement in the space race was huge…kinda like their 300lb spacesuits. You may look at that picture and think, “That was over 40 years ago. We’ve upgraded our suits by now, haven’t we?” Bless your heart for giving NASA the benefit of the doubt, but unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Ever since the United States “won the space race”, the drive to innovate and continue exploring the stars has all but died. Sure, NASA put the Curiosity Rover on Mars recently, but… read more

Bill Nye’s Open Letter To Obama About NASA

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Bill Nye, renowned scientist and educator, recently penned Pres. Obama a letter encouraging him to give NASA a healthy budget with which to explore the stars. Here’s the video: Space research is extremely important, as it helps us to better understand and monitor our constantly changing planet. Discoveries on other worlds also contribute to our knowledge of the greater universe beyond the solar system, and boost our abilities to leave the planet, since (according to Stephen Hawking), it’s kind of necessary that we do.

What Does Earth Really Look Like?

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We’re fighting for the future of our planet, and clean land for our children to grow up on. However, I’d bet that 99% of us don’t know very much about the planet itself. As humans, we fight for good causes, even if we don’t entirely understand the history behind the cause. Check out this video by Vsauce that does a fantastic job at showing us what we’ve been missing out on by not pursuing a career in the space industry: So what did you think? I find it amazing that humans thought the earth was flat for the longest time,… read more

Can Trees Grow And Thrive In Zero-G?

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When it comes to long-term space travel, such as the “100 Year Starship” initiative, there’s just not enough room to bring pre-packaged food for the entire duration of the trip, which means organic, garden-grown fruits and veggies are on the menu. The only problem is that plants need gravity in order for the roots to create a foundation for the plant to grow. In space, this can be accomplished in several ways, with the easiest being a “prod” of sorts from the grower. Once the roots have taken place, the astronaut reaches and plucks the top of the plant and… read more

Space Colonization

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It’s something of a tragedy that the prospect of colonizing space never fully materialized after the end of the Cold War, when nationalism was at an all-time high, and our eyes looked to the stars for the next great adventure. As they say, lack of competition means a lack of progress. Traveling to the Moon in 1969 was achieved largely in part by the rivalry between the United States and Russia. The two superpower nations were battling it out for control of the cosmos, and the United States gained the upper hand when Neil Armstrong famously traversed our solar cousin…. read more

No Looking Back To The Moon

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It’s hard to imagine that over 40 years have passed since we put a man on the moon. Our lunar cousin beckons for us to return, though the prospect of such a mission has all but been shot down permanently by NASA. According to the space agency, we need to keep our priorities straight. Our finances aren’t as endless as some would like to believe. NASA’s Charles Bolden stated that if the next presidential administration reverses this decision and pursues a manned mission to the moon, we may never leave our planet. Just let that sink in for a moment…. read more

Incredible Video Shows Three Years of Solar Activity in Three Minutes

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For the past three years, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has continuously observed and documented the sun’s activity from space, taking an image of the sun every 12 seconds across 10 different wavelengths. And now we get to take advantage of some of that data (estimated at about 1.5 TB every single day) through this incredible video put together into a “time-lapse” with two images of the sun from each day. “SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The images shown here are based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms,… read more

The Human Race Is Doomed, Unless…

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We all know the Earth has an expiration date. Sooner or later, our sun will die, and when that day comes, one of several things will occur; it could go supernova and destroy us all, it could become a Red Giant and swallow the earth with it, etc. Whatever the case, science tells us it’s bound to happen. Unfortunately, we’ve got bigger and sooner problems. British physicist Stephen Hawking, famous for his theories on time travel, wormholes, the ‘Big Bang’, and others, has come out with a recent statement informing us that we’ve got less than a millennia to get our… read more