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Mar 11, 2024

At SXSW, Austin-based Apptronik, NASA explore what humanoid robots could do in space

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At SXSW Jeff Cardenas, CEO of Austin-based Apptronik along with Shaun Azimi, of NASA’s discussed the possibilities of humanoid robots in space.

Mar 11, 2024

Scientists Intrigued by Jet Inside Jupiter

Posted by in categories: mapping, space

Jupiter is iconic, with its swirls of water and ammonia vapor that characterize its outer surface and its distinctive Giant Red Spot, a gigantic storm raging across its face.

But its mysteries abound — such as Jupiter’s strange and asymmetrical magnetic field, which has a strong area of magnetism in its equator called the “Great Blue Spot” — blue because that’s how it’s color-coded in maps tracing the magnetic field.

In an effort to understand the planet’s magnetic field better, a team of American scientists from Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology, NASA and the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas studied an atmospheric jet — a high speed current in the gas giant’s atmosphere — in the Great Blue Spot. Their finding? It’s a dynamic system that fluctuates every four years or so.

Mar 10, 2024

Space cement is here: How it could be used to build houses on Mars and the Moon

Posted by in categories: chemistry, space

Researcher Norman Wagner speaks to Interesting Engineering about the complex chemistry of extraterrestrial cement.

Mar 10, 2024

The Dream of Building an Underground City on Mars (Sci-Fi Documentary)

Posted by in categories: education, environmental, habitats, robotics/AI, space

This is a sci-fi documentary, looking at what it takes to build an underground city on Mars. The choice to go underground is for protection, from the growing storm radiation that rains down on the surface every day. And to further advance the Mars colonization efforts.

Where will the materials to build the city come from? How will the crater be covered to protect the inhabitants? And what will it feel like to live in this city, that is in a hole in the ground?

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Mar 10, 2024

Metal Scar found on Cannibal Star

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When a star like our Sun reaches the end of its life, it can ingest the surrounding planets and asteroids that were born with it. Now, using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, researchers have found a unique signature of this process for the first time — a scar imprinted on the surface of a white dwarf star. The results are published today in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

“It is well known that some white dwarfs — slowly cooling embers of stars like our Sun — are cannibalising pieces of their planetary systems. Now we have discovered that the star’s magnetic field plays a key role in this process, resulting in a scar on the white dwarf’s surface,” says Stefano Bagnulo, an astronomer at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in Northern Ireland, UK, and lead author of the study.

The scar the team observed is a concentration of metals imprinted on the surface of the white dwarf WD 0816–310, the Earth-sized remnant of a star similar to, but somewhat larger than, our Sun.

Mar 10, 2024

Mars travel will resemble being stuck in an elevator with the same people for years. Would you do it?

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Leaving Earth for long periods requires highly specialised technical skills, but you also need to handle isolation, confined quarters and team conflict.

Mar 10, 2024

Yuri Gagarin: Facts about the first human in space

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Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space when he orbited Earth in 1961 aboard the Vostok 1 space capsule.

Mar 9, 2024

Doing the impossible: harvesting solar power from space

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

Isaac Asimov’s idea of harvesting solar power from space may not be a thing of fiction much longer as space agencies explore the concept.

Mar 9, 2024

When It Comes to Exploring Space, We’re Still Stuck in the Stone Age

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A trio of clumsy Moon missions to start the year has me reflecting on humanity’s limited ability to explore and work in space.

Mar 9, 2024

2.6-ton International Space Station junk plunging to Earth on Saturday

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This 2.6-metric-ton cargo pallet is now slated to naturally reach the Earth’s atmosphere between March 8 and 9, 2024.

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