A couple of weeks ago, UrtheCast president Scott Larson met with some senior CMA students at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University to talk space numbers. This past weekend, Scott teamed up with other savvy students at the Enterprize Canada conference in downtown Vancouver. These future movers-and-shakers gave us their take on everything we’ve accomplished so far, and what’s in store for UrtheCast in the near future: Read more.
If you were sent to live in a moon colony, what couldn’t you live without? Your partner? Your pet? Superhero pajamas?
Russia isn’t the only country eying the moon, so there might be a chance for you yet. As recently as January 2012, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich began promising American citizens a moon colony by the year 2015. Whether he’ll have a chance to implement his plan remains in the hands of the U.S. voters, but countries like Russia and China are already hard at work figuring out the logistics of moon exploration: Read more.
When I began researching this piece, part of me hoped to stumble upon some potential Jetsons-esque robotic technology; some mechanical being that could make breakfast and pick out clothes in the morning — but no dice. That isn’t to say that robots aren’t doing far more admirable things than frying our bacon… for starters, they’ve been helping soldiers in dire situations. Read more.
Science truth can just be as cool as science fiction. (Still waiting on that Holodeck development, by the way.) This week’s space mini-series will look at the some of the best technology used on Earth — the technology originally developed for space travel and exploration. Here you have some of the most significant technologies — life-saving and earth-saving — made possible by space technology:
We humans are a messy bunch and space is no different. A few weeks back, UrtheCast blogged about space junk, and how there’s currently over 6,000 tons of the stuff orbiting the Earth. We also looked at some methods scientists are developing to reduce the amount of this potentially dangerous debris. What scientists have recently suggested is that these solar flares can rid space junk from the Earth’s orbit, and it’s anticipated that this will occur at a greater frequency over the next couple years as Earth enters the two most active years of the sun’s 11-year solar flare cycle:
The proverbial ‘man in the moon’ has been seeing his name in the papers a lot recently; from politicians looking to construct a moon colony, to NASA’s plans to image his dark side. Humans have long contemplated this lunar body — art and ancient texts tell us as much. We’ve even expanded that curiosity towards other planets’ moons by naming them. Our human preoccupation with naming doesn’t end there. Did you know that every full moon has a name? This evening, February 7 at 4:54 PM EST, the ‘Full Snow Moon’ (or ‘Full Hunger Moon’) will elicit some ooohs and ahhhs across North America. However, tonight you’ll only be seeing one side of the mysterious sphere. The moon has a dark side (metaphorically) that no one sees, but NASA thinks it’s worth uncovering, and wants schoolchildren to help: Read more.
On July 17 at 3:17 p.m. 1975, two men, one from Russia and one from the United States shook hands. Aside from the political setting of the time, this event would be entirely unremarkable if it was not for the fact that this particular handshake took place thousands of miles above Earth. The meeting of their two spacecraft, one an Apollo Command and Service Module from the lunar missions and the other a Soviet Soyuz craft, set the stage for the modern partnerships that dominate 21st century space travel. Read more.