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NASA Contemplates Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission

During interplanetary transit, the crew would receive low-level electrical impulses to key muscle groups to prevent muscular atrophy. ©SPACEWORKS

During interplanetary transit, the crew would receive low-level electrical impulses to key muscle groups to prevent muscular atrophy. ©SPACEWORKS

via Discovery News:

A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars — put the crew in stasis.

The deep sleep, called torpor, would reduce astronauts’ metabolic functions with existing medical procedures. Torpor also can occur naturally in cases of hypothermia.

“Therapeutic torpor has been around in theory since the 1980s and really since 2003 has been a staple for critical care trauma patients in hospitals,” aerospace engineer Mark Schaffer, with SpaceWorks Enterprises in Atlanta, said at the International Astronomical Congress in Toronto this week. “Protocols exist in most major medical centers for inducing therapeutic hypothermia on patients to essentially keep them alive until they can get the kind of treatment that they need.”

Coupled with intravenous feeding, a crew could be put in hibernation for the transit time to Mars, which under the best-case scenario would take 180 days one-way.

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Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

 

Artist's View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole Image Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI-PRC14-41a

Artist’s View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI-PRC14-41a

How awesome is this?!

via Nasa.gov:

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.

The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date — the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter.

If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth’s surface shows 4,000 stars.

The finding implies there are many other compact galaxies in the universe that contain supermassive black holes.

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NASA Will Find Extraterrestrial Life Within the Next 20 Years

On Monday, a panel of NASA scientists gathered to talk about their search for extraterrestrial life. They claim that they will find evidence within the next 20 years–and that’s a conservative estimate.

via The Week:

NASA outlined its plan to search for alien life and said it would launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite in 2017. The agency predicts that as many as 100 million worlds in the Milky Way galaxy may be home to alien life.

“Just imagine the moment when we find potential signatures of life,” Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, said at the announcement. “Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over — the possibility we’re no longer alone in the universe.”

NASA astronomer Kevin Hand seconded Mountain’s opinion, saying that within the next 20 years, “we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” suggesting that extraterrestrial life may exist on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

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NASA’s Flying Saucer Falls Out of the Sky

Flying SaucerNASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle was test-driven for the first time on Saturday. The new technology will be used to help spacecraft and possibly even astronauts experience a softer landing when they finally get to Mars (how they deal with hostile extraterrestrials will be left up to them).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft — and one day even astronauts — safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

Saturday’s $150 million experiment is the first of three involving the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle. Tests are being conducted at high altitude on Earth to mimic descent through the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet.

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‘The Only Thing Preventing a City-Killer Size Asteroid is Blind Luck’ – B612 Foundation

The Willamette Meteorite, the largest ever to be found in the United States.

The Willamette Meteorite, the largest ever to be found in the United States.

Via Sacred Geometry International:

NASA experts have found evidence that large-scale asteroids have struck Earth three to ten times more often over the past decade than previously thought.

The evidence, which will presented by three former NASA employees, including two astronauts, will reveal the full extent of the explosions which they claim have shaken countries across the world.

At the event, experts will announce that the only thing ‘preventing a city-killer size asteroid is blind luck’.

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NASA’s Space Suits for Mars Missions

mars space suitIt does now seem inevitable that there will be manned missions to Mars this century, so designing a practical 21st century space suit may not be such a crazy idea. NASA is showing off its designs, report via BBC News:

US space agency Nasa has been showing off the wardrobe essentials for future astronauts looking for a new outfit for their first flight to Mars.

Nasa said the Z-2 spacesuit was only a prototype, but elements of it would be incorporated into the suit worn by the first humans to reach the Red Planet.

The suit uses light-emitting patches and luminescent wire that could be customised to identify individuals.

The “technology” design beat two others with 63% of a public vote of 233,431.

The suit will be tested in Nasa’s pools used to teach astronauts to spacewalk
The others were:

  • a “bio-mimicry” suit, which mirrored the bioluminescence of aquatic creatures and the tough scaly skins of fish and reptiles
  • a “trends in society” suit, which reflected what everyday clothes may look like in the future
    Aesthetic appeal

The Z-2 will be built using 3D-printed parts, and 3D laser scans will ensure each suit fits each astronaut perfectly.

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NASA: The End Of Mankind “Leaked Document”

Here’s your daily dose of paranoia fuel and an excuse to be outraged all wrapped up in one.

via Youtube

This is a very important video with Deborah Tavares and Trevor Coppola discussing the newly revealed NASA FUTURE WARFARE DOCUMENT. People need to be informed at least given the chance to see this information and make the decision themselves to believe and act on it or not.

 

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Coincidence Control Network: File #063 – Bringing you the Multiverse since 2011

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This week: Sans-Ken, our fearless heroes attempt (in vain) to push on through with a ‘show’ for you lucky listeners. Listen to them discuss: Baby Poop, Chef Liar, Pomegranate Batteries, Bangingbig with the Big Bang (yeah I went there), Solar Moon Energy…man, Growing vegetables in space …maaaaaan, Noah: Action hero. and Courtney Love: Plane finder.

Personnel Joe Nolan, Frater Isla, and Kim Monaghan

  • Baby Poop Sausage… Link
  • Chef Liar – Link , Link
  • Hippy Watch: Pomegranate batteries – Link
  • Big Bang Proven – Link
  • Solar Energy From the Moon Link
  • Hippy Watch: NASA trying to grow vegetables in space – Link
  • Noah Kicked Ass – Link
  • Courtney Love: Plane spotter – Link

 

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NASA: Industrial Civilization Heading for Irreversible Collapse

PIC: சஞ்சீவி சிவகுமார் (CC)

PIC: சஞ்சீவி சிவகுமார் (CC)

Looks like our time’s almost up. When the shit goes down I suggest you raid the caches of all of those idiots who gave a national television audience a guided tour of their bunkers (complete with an inventory of all weapons, defenses and stockpiled supplies) on “Doomsday Preppers” and “Extreme Survival Bunkers.” Anyway…

Via Raw Story:

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse — often lasting centuries — have been quite common.”

The research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary ‘Human And Nature DYnamical’ (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharri of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists.

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