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Posts Tagged ‘Outer Space’

I’d like to send Vivek Oberoi to space: Tanmay Bhatt

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Lady Gaga will perform in outer space in 2015, celebs share their choices to be shipped to space.

Electric Rockets Set To Transform Space Flight

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at Txchnologist:
“The spectacle of a booster rocket lifting off a launch pad atop a mass of brilliant flames and billowing smoke is an iconic image of the Space Age. Such powerful chemical rockets are needed to break the bonds of Earth’s gravity and send spacecraft into orbit. But once a vehicle has progressed beyond low-earth orbit chemical rockets are not necessarily the best way to get around outer space. That’s because chemical propulsion systems require such large quantities of fuel to generate high speeds, there is little room for payload. As a result rocket scientists are increasingly turning to electric rockets, which accelerate propellants out the back end using solar-powered electromagnetic fields rather than chemical reactions. The electric rockets use so much less propellant that the entire spacecraft can be much more compact, which enables them to scale down the original launch boosters.”

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Next-Gen Spacesuits

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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ambermichelle writes “Outer space is a hostile environment for humans, characterized by an airless vacuum, thermal extremes, ionizing radiation and speeding micro meteoroids. Less well-known are the dangers posed by long-term exposure to microgravity or zero-g conditions, which over time severely saps the strength of astronauts’ muscles and bones. Several researchers are working to develop new spacesuit designs that could help counteract these threats as well as avoid some of the familiar drawbacks of current spacesuit models such as bulk, weight and rigidity.”

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Jan. 31, 1961: A Chimp Named Ham Spaces Out

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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A little fellow named Ham (for Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, his place of training) hitches a ride on the Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket to become the first chimp in outer space. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to follow Ham?s lead, did so just two and a half months later.




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