Posts Tagged: space



i think dogs would make bad astronauts because space is a vacuum and they are kinda scared of those

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Expedition 42 crew poster

Look at this gem!

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he needs those parts for his space ship

he’s going to otter space

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Next Generation Spacesuit like Second Skin

Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)

Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”

"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.

"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."

Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.

The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.

Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.

Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.

Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.

"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."

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Expedition 42 crew poster

Look at this gem!


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Mars is the only planet in the solar system solely inhabited by functioning robots.


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Math and Science Week!

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Dresden Codex

Chichén Itzá, Mexico (c. 1000s-1100s)


El Caracol Observatory

Chichén Itzá, Mexico (c. 906)


Can we just take a moment to remember how advanced the astronomy of the Maya civilization was?

How they were able to predict eclipses and the motions of Venus and the Moon?

How they invented the concept of zero, independently from the Indians?

How their calendar measured the length of the solar cycle more accurately than the Gregorian calendar?

Star Teach on Maya Astronomy

Another Page on Maya Astronomy

Authentic Maya on Maya Astronomy

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Why Are Stars Star-Shaped?

Great new video from MinutePhysics that asks why we draw stars as star-shapes, when they’re really just spherical orbs of superheated plasma (and those are much easier to draw, by the way).

We know that stars twinkle because of the distortion caused by our atmosphere miles above your head, but that’s not what gives them their apparent star shape. If that were the case, then why do Hubble images also flare out? Unless J.J. Abrams works for NASA or something…

The actual answer lies in your very own eye. I won’t spoil the rest, but after my video this week (which looked into why goats have such weirdly shaped rectangular pupils), I have to know: What does the ungulate astronomer see?

PS - Which came first, stars… or stars?

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  • Question: Hey, Noelle, I love your Hobbit, Avengers and Pacific Rim comics, and really just all your comics but anyway: how did you like Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser? You kept silent on the subject and I've been kinda hoping for some fanart and comics or I guess just your commentary on it cause that's fun to read too. - rafaelolvbrandao
  • Answer:


    There’s really nothing to say about Ronan the Accuser. He was the most underused villain since…ever, in the MCU. Which is a shame, because as an overzealous law enforcement official, he could have been a really fun counterpoint to the band of criminals that make up the movie’s heroes. Kind of a Space Javert character, albeit more extreme.

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