Posts tagged space

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.
Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.
The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.
"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.

Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.

The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.

"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.
There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.

There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.
An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.
Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.
The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.

An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.

Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.

The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Video: Nvidia recreates moon landing photographs.

In an effort to debunk conspiracy theories about the Apollo moon landings (and promote their new Maxwell graphics chip), Nvidia have released this video showing how they simulated the conditions on the moon to prove the photos are legitimate.

Moon-hoax believers say Armstrong’s photos are fake—because no stars are visible in the background and the lighting in the photos seems too good to be believable—but by painstakingly modeling the lighting conditions on the moon, NVidia engineers were able to match Armstrong’s photo almost perfectly.

Soyuz rocket to launch this week.
The Soyoz TMA-14M spacecraft is pictured here rolling out for launch, which is set for September 26, Kazakh time. It will carry one flight engineer from NASA, along with two from the Russian Federal Space agency, to the International Space Station, for a five and a half month mission.

Soyuz rocket to launch this week.

The Soyoz TMA-14M spacecraft is pictured here rolling out for launch, which is set for September 26, Kazakh time. It will carry one flight engineer from NASA, along with two from the Russian Federal Space agency, to the International Space Station, for a five and a half month mission.

Holuhraun Lava Field.
Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

Holuhraun Lava Field.

Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!
It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.
I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.
Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!
Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!

It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.

I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.

Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!

Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.
Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.
This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.
In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.

Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.

This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.

In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.