Posts Tagged 'ESA'

Humanity Sniffs Its First Comet – It Stinks!

smelly-1According to ExtremeTech –

It turns out that comet 67P, the comet that is currently being stalked by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, stinks. If you just so happened to be in whiff range of the comet, you would be treated to a fantastic “perfume” (the ESA’s words, not mine) that smells like a combination of rotten eggs and cat (or horse) urine, with a soupçon of stale alcohol and suffocating formaldehyde thrown in for good measure. In the words of the ESA, “If you could smell the comet, you would probably wish that you hadn’t.”

Continue reading HERE.

 

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Can Sound Kill You?

sonic-weapon-sAccording to ExtremeTech –

Can sound kill you? The short answer is “yes” — and, rather shockingly, the European Space Agency says that it now has such a sonic weapon in its arsenal that, if it was so inclined, could kill you. The huge horn pictured above is one of four giant acoustic orifices at the ESA’s Large European Acoustic Facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Rather than killing humans, though, the horns are actually for testing satellites — to see if they can withstand the noise of a rocket launch. (As you may know, the Space Shuttle’s Mobile Launch Platform used to dump 300,000 gallons of water onto the platform during launch, to absorb the intense acoustic energy that would otherwise damage the Shuttle.) The ESA’s horns are essentially giant air horns, using nitrogen gas to produce sounds as loud as 154 decibels. The question is, is 154 decibels enough to kill you?

Continue reading HERE.

Space Food Hall of Fame

Yes, NASA has a Space Food Hall of Fame. It’s actually a webpage with a little trivia about astronauts’ meals and a few videos about early space foods that got marketed to the general public (Tang and Space Food Sticks). Another page from BuzzFeed has a few pics of the latest in orbital dining.

visit The Space Food Hall of Fame HERE

pics of the latest in space food HERE

Feeling brave? Order Space Food Sticks HERE

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One Way Mission To Mars Planned For 2023

Mars-One, a European group is planning to begin to colonize Mars in 2023. Initially, no return to earth is planned, so all astronauts will agree to live out their lives on Mars. Four astronauts will be launched in 2022, and four more will join them every 2 years. There is much more detail about the mission on their web site.


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