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NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicants
NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicantsThe astronaut class of 2017 includes doctors, scientists, engineers, pilots and military officers from Anchorage to Miami and points in between. They've worked in submarines, emergency rooms, university lecture halls, jet cockpits and battleships. They range in age from 29 to 42, and they typically have led the pack.
The US space agencyis taking unusual approaches to developing radiation shields. With the help of crowdsourcing, she wants to develop origami-inspired, foldable radiation protection shields with which spaceships and astronauts are to be protected while traveling into the depths of space. From July 26, design proposals can be submitted via the website.
"The theory is that there are a lot of people who have experience in folding techniques and origami, and Nasa wants to find an efficient way to pack a radiation shield," said Freelancer founder and CEO Matt Barrie. "The assumption is that hopefully the ideas of millions of people will find unexpected solutions to problems that NASA does not come up with internally."
NASA reveals 10 new potentially Earth-like planets
The Kepler space telescope's latest and most complete planet catalog adds 219 new candidates, including one that could be a close cousin to Earth.The findings come courtesy of NASA's pioneering Kepler space telescope, our eye in the sky when it comes to spotting potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. It's designed to find rocky planets (not gaseous ones like Jupiter) that are located in habitable zones of stars where temperatures are temperate enough to potentially sustain life as we know it.
Origami as a natural model
Cosmic and solar radiation can cause great damage to materials and people. Radiation protection shields are used to prevent radiation from causing short circuits in electronics or cancer in astronauts. The problem, however, is that the aluminum shields take up a lot of space. It is expensive and could also be used for instruments or people.
Barrie says: "NASA wants something that is packaged sufficiently compactly and can be folded when you land on a planet and that offers maximum protection against radiation."
For origami expert and former NASA physicist Robert J It is not surprising that Nasa is looking for inspiration in this art form: "Origami is a natural form of transport into space, Nasa has been working with origami artists for years." In the past, Nasa already developed one of origami inspired.
NASA to shoot asteroid into new flight path
The spacecraft, which is the size of a refrigerator, will strike an asteroid at nine times the speed of a bullet.The spacecraft for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is now moving to the design phase, and aims to demonstrate the "kinetic impactor technique" in which it will strike an asteroid and physically knock it into a different flight path.
Crowdsourcing can overcome the limits of computers
The founder of crowdsourcing is IT professor. With projects such as ReCaptcha, which digitizes old books, or Duolingo, a platform on which users learn languages and at the same time translate website fragments, he established crowdsourcing as a way of using swarm intelligence in places where computers do not achieve the desired results can be.
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The epic end to the mission that revolutionized how scientists see the ringed planet.“The signal from the spacecraft is gone and within the next 45 seconds so will be the spacecraft,” program manager Earl Maize reported from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, just after 4:55 a.m. local time. “This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team.