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Supersonic Aircraft’s Shockwaves Shot by NASA

The first-ever images of two shockwaves interacting, taken by NASA, appeared online this week. These photos—shot using a 150-year-old German technique—are some of the first of supersonic flights in the air and not in a wind tunnel. Seeing how the shockwaves interact with one another and on their own, NASA may be able to reduce the noisiness of sonic booms—the result of pressure changes when …
Tags: Photography, Space, Design, Tech, Nasa, Photographs, Sound, Sonic Boom, Supersonic Aircraft, Aircrafts, Schlieren


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to two cultural pioneers, debunking myths about women's bodies, our co-founder at SXSW and more Four New Statues of Women for NYC While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine …
Tags: Art, Books, Games, Gender, Space, Spacex, Design, Interviews, NYC, La, Nasa, Auctions, Board Games, Icon, Sxsw, Linkaboutit


SpaceX and the New Aesthetics of Space Travel

Though the parameters of a trip into Earth’s orbit haven’t changed much since the dawn of our space travel days, the appearance has—whether it be the suits or the ships. On the next NASA trip, in a SpaceX-built capsule, the astronauts will be treated to sleek, modern interiors, cushy seats, touch-screens and wireless consoles. The look is a significant upgrade from previous designs—many of which …
Tags: Space, Spacex, Design, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Travel, Dragon, Rockets, Linkaboutit, New Aesthetics of Space Travel


Toyota’s Moon Rover

Traditionally limiting their endeavors to the Earth’s surface, Toyota now has plans to go to the moon. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency announced a partnership with the carmaker to place a self-driving rover on the moon in 2029. Using Toyota’s fuel-cell technology and solar power, the rover can transport two passengers over 10,000 kilometers. Though no astronauts will travel to the moon in the rover …
Tags: Auto, Space, Japan, Design, Cars, Tech, Earth, Moon, Toyota, Autonomous Cars, Linkaboutit, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, Lunar Rover, Moon Rover


First All-Women Spacewalk Ever

Since 1998, there have been 213 spacewalks at the International Space Station and only 11% of the more than 500 crew members involved have been women. But on the next walk, scheduled for 29 March, the team will be entirely comprised of women—from the astronauts completing the actual walk (Christina Koch and Anne McClain) to the those giving ground support (Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol). …
Tags: Gender, Astronomy, Space, Design, Nasa, Culture, International Space Station, Astronauts, Spacewalk, Linkaboutit, Anne McClain, Christina Koch, Mary Lawrence


The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space.

To celebrate the organization’s first 60 years in space, The NASA Archives features 400+ photographs and rare renderings—spanning the moon landing, rovers on Mars and more. Launched in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the world’s first civilian space agency with a focus on peaceful exploration—despite it being founded as part of the Space Race. With notes from science and tech journalists, NASA historians, …
Tags: Books, Photography, Space, Science, Design, Photo Books, History, Nasa, Reading, Mars, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Archives


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Today's most innovative companies, outdoor art highlights and more from the internet this week Farewell, Jackie Shane Jackie Shane, an influential figure in soul music and the LGBTQ+ community, has passed away at 78 years old. Even though she helped define the R&B sound of the ’60s and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Historical Album this year, her work transcends music. Shane identified as a …
Tags: Apps, Space, Science, Design, Public Libraries, Libraries, Community, Art Fairs, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Shane, Desert X, Outdoor Art, Jackie Shane Jackie Shane


300,000 Possible Galaxies Discovered

With a bunch of numbers that are difficult to comprehend, a project helmed by an international team of astronomers has resulted in the discovery of some 300,000 “previously unseen light sources” that are believed to be distant galaxies. The new map of the night sky was revealed using the incredibly powerful Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, with many of the light sources sending radio signals for …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Tech, Studies, Black Holes, Galaxies, Linkaboutit, Telescopes


Giant leap for art: Lichfield Cathedral to become 'lunar landscape'

Installation will transform cathedral floor to mark 50 years since Apollo 11 moon landingIt’s hard to imagine anything less like a lunar landscape than the medieval glories of Lichfield Cathedral. But this summer, an artist will transform its magnificent tiled floor into a representation of the moon’s surface to mark half a century since Neil Armstrong took “one small step for [a] man and one giant leap for mankind”.The three-spired cathedral in Staffordshire has commissioned the art installatio...
Tags: Art, Space, Science, Religion, UK News, Culture, Art and design, The moon, Neil Armstrong, Staffordshire, Apollo 11, Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Florence Knoll Bassett, Sweden's affinity for erotica, how germs communicate and more Pioneer of Office Design, Florence Knoll Bassett Dies at 101 Anyone familiar with open floor plans, straight lines and simplicity within their office knows the work of Florence Knoll Bassett. The acclaimed architect and designer reimagined corporate workspaces through her system of “total design,” which removed heavier drapes and desks and …
Tags: Google Chrome, Books, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Sweden, Medicine, Nasa, Artists, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Audio Books, Human body, Florence Knoll Bassett, Germ Communities


NASA Enlisted Artists to Envision the Future

In 1975, NASA began to conceptualize living conditions in space—hiring freelance illustrator Rick Guidice to bring the ideas to life. The resulting works actively shaped the public perception of life off Earth, and do so to this day. Guidice’s illustrations influenced synth-drenched soundscapes, runway shows and popular film—all while being quite literal guides for NASA’s potential population relocation plans (which could house nearly one million people). …
Tags: Art, Space, Design, Future, Nasa, Earth, Illustrations, Linkaboutit, 1970s, Kitsch, Rick Guidice, Guidice


Seeds on the moon started to sprout for the first time but quickly died

China has taken a major step toward long-term space exploration. Earlier this month, the Chinese moon probe Chang’e 4 carried a container with cotton, mustard and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs to the moon’s far side (facing away from Earth), and early this week, the China National Space Administration said that those seeds started to sprout. Unfortunately, temperatures dropped and killed the plants. According to the BBC, the project was designed by 28 Chinese universities, and the expe...
Tags: Space, Science, Design, News, China, Earth, Bbc, Moon, Agriculture, Plants, Watson, Mars, Seeds, FAO, Chang, China National Space Administration


Cities focus on minor issues while major issues go unresolved

I work for a developer and go around and around with cities on aesthetic standards. The city claims to be progressive, support a high quality of life, and be on the cutting edge of planning yet all their planners do is enforce landscaping minimums greenspace minimums. All their projects require massive parking, huge setbacks, are unfriendly to pedestrians, etc. It's almost like no matter what we do something changes to show that "the planners had a hand in this project". We want to move to... ...
Tags: Space, Design, And Place


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Arthouse films, glitter, CES, space, food and more in our internet round-up Communicating From the Far Side of the Moon The far side of the moon (often mistakenly referred to as the “dark side” of the moon) never faces Earth due to the sphere’s elliptical orbit and synchronous rotation. For the first time, information—including a photograph—has been transmitted from the hemisphere by way of China’s National Space …
Tags: Food, Space, Design, China, Films, Ces, Cinema, Denmark, Bmw, Lg, Concepts, Hyundai, Linkaboutit, Link About It, The North Face, Gene Editing


Communicating From the Far Side of the Moon

The far side of the moon (often mistakenly referred to as the “dark side” of the moon) never faces Earth due to the sphere’s elliptical orbit and synchronous rotation. For the first time, information—including a photograph—has been transmitted from the hemisphere by way of China’s National Space Administration’s Yutu-2 rover. While this might not seem like that big of a deal, it marks significant achievements and technological …
Tags: Space, Design, China, Tech, Satellites, The moon, Lunar, Linkaboutit, Yutu, National Space Administration, The Cosmos


Best of CH 2018: Link About It

Our take on the best thoughtful, eccentric and inspiring stories from the internet this year Beyond what we create ourselves at CH, we’re always reading, watching and viewing content from publishers we admire. Each day we share some of the internet’s best in our Link section. This year, we were enthralled by stories about space, climate change, cultural phenomenons, empowering displays of art, ghost stories and …
Tags: Food, Space, Science, Design, Internet, Climate Change, Film, Environment, Tech, Nasa, Culture, Pollution, Food Waste, Lgbtq, Ai, Linkaboutit


The Farthest Known Object in Our Solar System is Pink

Nicknamed Farout (but formally known as 2018 VG18) a pink-hued space object has been discovered orbiting the sun. It’s 22 billion miles further away than the second-most distant known object—and it takes more than 1000 years to complete an orbit. Not much else is known except that it’s roughly 310 miles across and spherical. Read more about the dwarf planet, its discovery and how it …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Tech, Planets, Linkaboutit, Cosmos


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Space news, gene-edited twins, tracking chickens' fitness and more from around the internet Sherrie Silver’s Stunning Choreography for the National AIDS Trust Campaign With Erasure’s “A Little Respect,” narration from Stephen Fry and stunning choreography by Sherrie Silver (the mind behind the moves in Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video), this James Fitzgerald-directed short was created to raise awareness for the UK’s National AIDS Trust—just ahead …
Tags: Art, Space, Japan, UK, Design, Environment, America, Nasa, South Africa, Patagonia, Stephen Fry, Robotics, Snowboarding, Philanthropy, Linkaboutit, Link About It


Ethiopia’s First Satellite Launching in 2019

With China’s financial assistance, Ethiopia will be sending its first-ever observatory satellite into space next year. The capsule is heading into the skies for three to five years in order to collect data on climate and weather changes. Costing $8 million to design and produce, the satellite will launch from China, but have control based out of Ethiopia. While it seems like a joint venture by the …
Tags: Weather, Space, Design, Technology, Climate Change, China, Environment, Climate, Tech, Satellites, Ethiopia, Linkaboutit


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inside Japan's KitKat factory, Hockney's $90 million painting, hidden continents and more Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he …
Tags: Art, Space, Japan, Spacex, Design, Environment, Nasa, Nature, Antarctica, David Hockney, Paintings, Falcon, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Rvs, Hockney


Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space

On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he died in a jet crash in 1967) but, thanks to this collaboration, a 24-karat gold bust of his likeness will …
Tags: Art, Space, Spacex, Design, Gold, Nasa, Sculpture, Falcon, Linkaboutit, Lawrence Jr, Tavares Strachan, Robert Henry Lawrence Jr


Prototyping the betentacled, inflatable soft robots of zero gee

The MIT Media Lab's Spatial Flux Project was created by Carson Smuts and Chrisoula Kapelonis to imagine and prototype soft inflatable robots that would be designed to operate in zero-gee, where there is no up or down and "we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity." Their work is a set of shoes-on-a-snake weird pneumatic tentaclebots are brilliant and Gigeresque. In the City Science group, we explore the diversity of formal arrangements necessary to...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Video, Space, Science, Design, News, Scholarship, Robotics, MIT Media Lab, XYZ, Soft Robots, Carson Smuts, Chrisoula Kapelonis


NASA’s First 8K Video

NASA has its first 8K video from space, and it shows the Expedition 56 team hard at work—as well as a few shots of Earth from afar. The project, which was completed in collaboration with the European Space Agency, hopes to show the world that “the science being conducted aboard the International Space Station is answering questions that hold the keys to our future in space …
Tags: Video, Space, Science, Design, Film, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Linkaboutit, 8k Video


Comet, Meteor or Alien Spacecraft

Since its first sighting in 2017, “Oumuamua” has puzzled scientists and researchers. Its strange propulsion-like movement and determined trajectory call into question whether the long, flat object is merely a comet or a meteorite—despite that being the more mundane, and maybe likely, conclusion. The way the object sped up as it passed the sun has researchers most puzzled. “Lightsails,” the solar-powered starships that Breakthrough Starshot plans …
Tags: Space, Design, Culture, Aliens, Linkaboutit, Cosmos, Harvard Researchers, Oumuamua, The Cosmos, Outerspace


Farewell to NASA’s Kepler Telescope

Kepler—the beloved NASA telescope responsible for discovering 70% of the 3,800 confirmed “alien worlds” to date—officially met its end yesterday. After nearly a decade of exploration, the telescope ran out of fuel and can no longer transmit data or focus on transient objects in space. During its time in flight the Kepler was able to study nearly 150,000 stars simultaneously and could determine exactly which ones …
Tags: Space, Design, Tech, Nasa, Space Exploration, Kepler, Linkaboutit, Telescopes, Kepler Telescope


Advice for someone interested in urban design?

hello fellow planners, would anyone have any book recommendations for someone wanted to learn a bit more on urban design? i am already a municipal planner. i also have very good working knowledge of sketchup, photoshop, and using various rendering programs (this is a hobby of mine). thanks for any tips!
Tags: Space, Design, And Place


Super Moon Candle

There were three super-moons in a row this year and, to commemorate, the brightest of the three moons this year, DetroitWick made a handcrafted vessel that’s luminous and changes color—depending on your viewing angle. The candle is a beautiful piece on its own, and when it’s lit creates space fragrances—a combination of “space” musk, lunar fig, amber and black currant.
Tags: Space, Design, Candles, Handmade, Fragrance, Decor, Home Fragrance, DetroitWick


Made From Vantablack and Meteorite: LUCY by Ore

One ring connected to the cosmos Made with Vantablack (the pigment so dark, it traps 99.96% of incoming light), meteorite and gold-plated microcircuitry, LUCY is much more than any other super-polished, sphere-shaped ring. Each ring is connected to its wearer’s own white dwarf star and vibrates when that star reaches its zenith. The “magical ceremony” (happening multiple times a week) encourages the wearer to pause, center and …
Tags: Jewelry, Accessories, Space, Science, Design, Lucy, Rings, Vantablack, ORE


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

O-faces around the globe, the image of a black hole, a font to improve memory and more Butterfly Wings Explored Through Chris Perani’s Marco Photography Layer upon layer of  iridescent scales, running along multicolored hairs, are revealed through Chris Perani’s marco photography of butterfly wings. The photographer employs a 10x microscope objective affixed to a 200mm lens in order to get such precision. The findings are perhaps …
Tags: Art, Photography, Space, Music, Design, Typography, Tech, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Orgasms, Eames, Yayoi Kusama, Moog, Renaissance Art, Outerspace, Paper Straws


Studio Roosegaardes laser light art tracks floating space waste in the sky

A dazzling neon green light show is illuminating the night skies in Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s latest large-scale art installation, the Space Waste Lab Performance. Created as part of the Space Waste Lab, the performance uses real-time tracking information to render the space waste floating above our heads visible with bright green LEDs that follow the movement of the drifting waste. The series of live installations kicked off on October 5 in the Dutch city of Almere and aims to call att...
Tags: Art, Space, Design, Gallery, European Space Agency, Daan Roosegaarde, Carousel Showcase, Upcycling, Space Junk, Space Debris, Studio Roosegaarde, Outer Space, Light Art, Dan Roosegaarde, Almere, Space Waste



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