Posts Tagged: ‘NASA’

Have you ever seen one of those “strongman” competitions where someone pulls train cars or maybe a few city busses with a huge rope wrapped around his waist? There’s no arguing that it’s an impressive show of power. And, at least for me anyway, it’s always a little bit comical to see someone so (relatively) small moving such a large object. It’s like watching a tiny ant carrying a huge leaf. It’s visually absurd.

About two weeks from now there’s going to be another amazing show of strength…

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This is pretty cool: The folks at NASA compiled a bunch of data they collected on ocean currents (between June 2005 and December 2007) to create a very artistic image of Earth — one that looks a whole lot like Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

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If you were to put on weighted boots and scuba gear and shuffle off into the water of Largo Sound at Key Largo, Florida, and were you lucky enough, you may wander smack dab into a camper-sized structure in the shape of a Dumpster®. This would be the famed Jules Undersea Lodge, the only true undersea lodging open to the public. Any type of underwater quarters are few and far between as a Hotel blogger found when he tried to come up with a Top Five Underwater Hotels post (one of which is partially above water and three of which are under construction). It is the Jules alone that stands as the only true current underwater lodge that is fully complete, as it was established in 1986.

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If so, DARPA and NASA would like to hear from you. These organizations have numerous experts working with them on any number of endeavors, but they’re asking for outside help tackling the next big question:  How can we create a spaceship (and a society) capable of surviving a 100-year-long journey into space? If you have […]

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British-born, New Yorker photographer Steve Pyke has made it his mission to document historically important individuals through portraiture and still-life photography. Having previously worked with World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors, he recently turned his attention to profiling the iconic individuals who helped define the 20th century through manned lunar exploration.

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Rocks think they’re so funny.

For years, they’ve been skating around Racetrack Playa in Death Valley all by themselves. And only when nobody’s watching.

Rocks think they’re so hilarious.

Geologists have been bewildered by these roving rocks for decades — plotting the rocks’ paths since the 1940s. It’s obvious the rocks are on the move because they don’t cover their tracks; they leave behind long trails dug into the playa clay. But it’s difficult to tell what’s moving them around.

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previously blogged about Jewish, Christian and Islamic ritual in orbit and how we’ve had to rethink traditionally terrestrial rituals and observances. It seems that bearded prophets out of antiquity didn’t even consider the possibility of space stations. But Mormonism is a slightly different matter as Joseph Smith founded the first Latter Day Saints church less than 200 years ago. Despite the religion’s frontier roots, Mormon cosmology takes other planets and even the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life into account.

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Science continues to alter the shape of religious belief, so how does devotion to a god change in orbit? Would long-distance space travel require the use of on-ship burial plots for Jewish or Muslim astronauts? And what happens if the Christian rapture or some comparable end-of-days event were to occur while you’re in space? Certainly, these are far from pressing theological or scientific concerns, but the topic of religious belief in space continues to pop up. Here are some quick examples in Judaism, Christianity and Islam:

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You asked: Is it possible to turn Mars into another Earth? Marshall Brain answers: The process of turning mars into an earth-like planet is called terraforming. However, Mars could ever be exactly like earth. To turn Mars into another earth it needs: – More gravity – More water – More atmosphere – Higher temperatures – […]

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What is nothing, and how does it work? This documentary provides a fascinating look at Nothing, along with a scientific history lesson into the discovery of and experimentation with Nothing. It starts with the creation of the first vacuum and advances all the way to quantum fluctuations that spontaneously create and destroy particles and anti-particles […]

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