November 15, 2019

Automobili Lamborghini in Space: carbon fiber materials research on the International Space Station

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Sant’Agata Bolognese/Houston, 04/11/2019 – On November 2, a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to the International Space Station (ISS), carrying with it a series of sample composite materials produced by Automobili Lamborghini.  The launch is part of a testing campaign sponsored by the ISS U.S. National Laboratory and overseen by […]

Category 2 Hurricane Dorian headed towards the Southeast U.S. after pounding the Bahamas

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By Dr. Jeff Masters From Weather Underground Dorian finally made its north-northwestward turn towards the Southeast U.S. late Tuesday morning, after subjecting the northwestern Bahamas to the most extreme pounding of any populated place in the history of Atlantic hurricanes. Dorian made landfall on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas at 12:40 pm Sunday as […]

The story of the first ever space wedding, when a woman on Earth married a cardboard cutout of her astronaut boyfriend while he watched on from the International Space Station

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By Sinead Baker From Business Insider The first space wedding took place on this day 16 years ago, when Ekaterina Dmitriev stood on the ground in Texas as her husband orbited in the International Space Station. She married her new husband, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, by video link, walking down the aisle to a David […]

Solar panels grown on the moon could power the earth

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By Sarah Feecht From Popsci “Global warming is the greatest challenge our species will face in the next 100 years,” says Justin Lewis-Weber. Currently a high school senior in California, Lewis-Weber has just published a paper in the journal New Space with what he thinks could be the solution to the upcoming energy crisis: putting self-replicating solar panels in […]

Scientists are trying to make the International Space Station’s bathroom a little less gross

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By Mike Wehner From BGR The International Space Station is like no other place on Earth, and not just because it’s not actually on Earth at all. The orbiting laboratory is inhabited by crews of scientists that live there for months before being changed out for fresh faces, and this poses a huge challenge when it comes […]

Caribbean from Space

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SAILING OVER THE CARIBBEAN FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION From Astro Biology Magazine Portions of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands are viewed from the International Space Station. For more on this story go to: https://www.astrobio.net/image-of-the-day/sailing-over-the-caribbean-from-the-international-space-station/

Our nights keep getting brighter

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By Mallory Locklea From engadget A new study shows that nighttime illumination is increasing around the world. Our nights are getting brighter and they have been every year since 2012, according to a new study published today in Science Advances. Researchers led by Christopher Kyba at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences used satellite […]

Budweiser vows to be first beer on Mars, and will send barley into space next month as a start

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By Mike Wehner From BGR Like it or not, humanity won’t be able to live on Earth forever. If we don’t wipe out our own species by the time we figure out where to go, we’ll eventually have to shove off of the planet and head elsewhere. When that happens, we’re going to need a […]

A Las Vegas hotel mogul plans to send an inflatable space hotel into orbit around the moon by 2022

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By Hilary Brueck From Business Insider Bigelow Aerospace says its inflatable space hotel could be ready for lunar orbit by 2022. One of the company’s pods is already attached to the International Space Station. Bigelow is touting the future pod as a hub for “lunar business development,” but the company would probably need NASA to get it funded.  […]

Astronaut filmed elusive blue lightning aboard the ISS

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By Mariella Moon From engadget And the video is quite mesmerizing. Some types of electrical discharge phenomena like blue jets and red sprites occur way above the altitudes where normal lightning occurs. That makes it tough to see them or even to confirm that they actually take place. There’s a group of people living in […]