A wide variety of space was touched on in the news this past week. Not only are we doing amazing things like measuring black holes and taking a peek at the universe from when it was really, really young, NASA (and
performed all sorts of technological badassery. There’s also more information
added to the whole Mars-water-life debate, but so many other awesome things are
going on that Mars can wait until something more novel happens.
A Universal Language for Our Space Stuff: As if the point needs to be reinforced, it’s not just the
out in space anymore. Russia ’s
satellite operating company Luxembourg SES launched a
TV satellite into space that’s using a new operating language called
SPELL. SPELL is open-source software that incorporates every potential
navigational need with top security – now we just need all the other satellites
to join up with this vastly superior software. At least, hopefully vastly
For All the ‘Space is Useless’ People Out There: Spin-off technology, especially spin-off tech from astronautics, is undeniably awesome, bringing about everything from Black & Decker cordless vacuums (there’s a pun in there somewhere) to firefighting equipment. Just in case it requires even more validation, technology developed for astronauts can save trapped miners’ lives. NASA’s new air revitalization system can save potentially hundreds of lives in just the next few years, as mining accidents become more and more noted around the world – and it does it as a side note.
Building Things With and On Foreign Soil: The Earth’s atmosphere is a testy place, and traveling through it is one of the most dangerous parts of any given trip through space (which is saying a lot). To minimize the danger from heat and pressure that returning spacecrafts face, NASA’s Michael Hogue and others are testing out blocks of simulated moon and Mars dirt to see if it can take the heat. If it can, then we just found a couple of new low-gravity environments for making safety gear.
The ISS Goes Mainstream – Again!: The ISS had filled its quota of mass-access coolness just a few weeks ago by hosting experiments from high school students and showing the whole thing on YouTube. But now it’s upping the ante. NASA just opened up the offer of having a number of academic, governmental, and industrial groups carry out experiments on the International Space Station with the SCaN Testbed. Aside from the wealth of information experiments usually bring, this just increases the interaction the world is having with space.
Buddhism Rocks: The first sentence of this article is full of so much historical awesome that Indiana Jones is jealous. And while it doesn’t have much in the way of technological discovery, it’s a pretty neat article about a 1,000-year-old state of Vaisravana and reads like an anecdote you might tell an audience or a few friends to get them interested in space. The only downside is stuff like this usually draws out the people who think human civilization advanced only with extraterrestrial assistance – without any actual proof to back it up.
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