In past few years, the role of the US space agency NASA has changed from sending crews into space via the shuttle, to the exploration of the solar system and out space. The later is of course, more exciting and NASA still keeps it hand in the space travel business because of the International Space Station (ISS). But its exploration that we are thinking about today, in fact to be more precise it’s the search for Asteroids that is getting a lot of attention with the Asteroid Data Hunter Contest with a prize of around $25,000 for the team that develops an improved algorithm to indentify asteroids.
The contest starts on the 17th, so those interested will need to create an account, read up on the requirements and get to work, naturally there are going to be some serious rules and regulations in place, but it’s not rocket science, well not exactly. The winner will prove that their solution will be able to meet the following requirements; it must improve on the detection sensitivity, ensure that the number of false sightings are kept to minimum, skip over any imperfections found in the stored data and finally it should be able to work with all computer systems to ensure the widest coverage.
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As we get to see more images from Mars the more mysterious, the red planet becomes. Instead of proving that there is no life on Mars, the images throw up more questions than they answer. In this case, we have an image taken from the Opportunity Rover as part of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. One image taken on SOL 3528 shows no rock, whereas a second image taken on SOL 3540 shows a rock. This rock has mysteriously appeared out of nowhere and needless to say has started a mystery that only NASA can solve. Is the rock a meteorite or something that the Rover has disturbed?
It had to happen sooner than later, a dinosaur has been found on floating in space! Well actually, it has been found floating around the International Space Station (ISS). In actual fact, it was made by NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg using scraps of fabric found in the ISS. Making it the first dinosaur toy to made in space and that is totally cool.
It is funny that we do not appreciate how difficult everyday functions that we are used too are extremely difficult on the International Space Station (ISS). Take drinking a cup of coffee for instance, in zero gravity, it is almost impossible and so the search for a special cup has begun. Amazingly, the answer is not some hi-tech flow system, but the simple use of materials and angles has produced the zero gravity coffee cup for the Astronauts who simply cannot go without their daily cup of coffee.
Here are some details on what is going on NASA’s search for the zero gravity coffee cup video;
Drinking coffee in space is surprisingly tricky. Physicists researching the strange behaviour of fluids onboard the International Space Station have invented a zero-g coffee cup to make the morning “cuppa Joe” a little easier to swallow.
Here is a cool idea that involves space, rockets and exploration, but more than that anyone can get involved in the ARKYD space telescope project, this is because the team behind have put it on the crowd funding site Kickstarter, where from as little as $10 (£6.30) anyone can become part of the programme. This is why they are calling it the Space Telescope for everyone, you could even get your photo or graphic displayed on the satellite while the on board camera takes a shot of it with the Earth behind, how cool is that?
This is what the main mission is for the ARKYD spacecraft;
Our primary mission is to develop low-cost robotic spacecraft to explore and mine resource-rich asteroids within our reach. The first step to making this possible is the launching a fleet of ARKYD spacecraft to identify asteroids that are ripe for further exploration. This same capability has numerous other potential applications in education and research.
The project is currently raising funds through the popular Kickstarter site where anyone can get involved with a pledge from just $10 (£6.30).
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It has been a question that has been asked for hundreds if not thousands of years, is there life on Mars? Well thanks to NASA’s Mars Curiosity roving vehicle, it seems that the answer could be yes as captured on a video feed sent back to earth, a lizard can be seen walking around on the Martian surface! Of course, this is open to interpretation, what do you think it is?
According to UFO HuntingClouds who posted the video on YouTube;
Here is a lizard that was found in a Mars Curiosity photo! This lizard clearly has an eye and a tail as well as all the other features that are common with lizards here on Earth. This lizard is hard to spot at first but easy once you zoom into the Mars Curiosity photo.
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There are a lot of questions to astronauts based on the International Space Station (ISS) but they normally apply to food and going to the loo. However, at a more basic level is how do these guys keep their hands clean. Well this is no longer a secret, check out the video to see just how astronauts wash their hands.
According to the video here are some details on the ISS hygiene features;
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