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New ISS astronaut assignments mean Christina Koch will break a huge NASA record

A few weeks back, NASA had anticipated conducting the first all-female spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClaine on the International Space Station. Unfortunately, due to some last-minute preference changes with McClaine's space suit sizing the spacewalk was instead conducted by NASA's Nick Hague and Koch, but it looks like Koch may indeed get her name in the record books anyway.In a new announcement from NASA, Koch has received an extension to her scheduled stay aboard ...
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Scott Kelly, Christina, Koch, Mir, Christina Koch, Human Research Program, Nick Hague, McClaine, Valery Polyakov, Jennifer Fogarty, Anne McClaine


China builds Mars simulation to give visitors glimpse of life on the Red Planet

Mars Base 1 is the brainchild of a media company and officials in Gansu, a poor province in northwest China [Author: Thomas Peter, Joyce Zhou, Shivali Best]
Tags: Science, China, Mars, Red Planet, Thomas Peter, Gansu, Shivali Best, Joyce Zhou, Thomas Peter Joyce Zhou Shivali Best


China is sending teens to the desert to simulate life on Mars

Mars is a mostly dry, dusty, barren place. Earth, our big blue-green marble of a planet, has a few places like that too, which makes them the perfect places to study how humans might eventually colonize the Red Planet. Several scientific organizations are in the midst of doing just that, and China is one of them.In the Gobi desert, China has built what it calls "Mars Base 1," a simulated martian colony where teenage students can get a taste of life on another planet without even leaving their ho...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Mars, Afp, C Space


Back on Earth, China's Mars simulation base greets first visitors

Mars Base 1 Camp, covering an area about one-fifth of an American football field, is the brainchild of a media company and officials in Gansu, a poor province in northwest China. Officials hope the camp, about 40 km (25 miles) from the township of Jinchang, will boost tourism and allow visitors to feel as though they are on the red planet. "I am very excited to be here," said a 13-year-old student from Jinchang.
Tags: Science, China, Mars, Gansu, Earth China, Jinchang


NASA sent mice into space, and the results are unintentionally hilarious

At some point in the not-so-distant future, NASA and other space groups around the world will begin embarking on manned missions deeper into our solar system than our species has ever gone before. That means long journeys and extended stays in microgravity for the astronauts who embark on them, and that could pose a problem.Thanks to the International Space Station we know quite a bit about the effects of low gravity on the human body, but NASA wants to learn more. To that end, the agency has be...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars


Amazon's Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man, …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Energy, Facebook, Astronomy, Hbo, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Review, Video Games, Climate Change, Oil, Marvel, Conservation


This technology would place human traveling to Mars in a 'sleep-like state'

The plan is simple: put the astronauts to sleep for about 80% of their voyage.
Tags: Science, Mars


Twin astronaut study suggests interplanetary travel may not be a health risk

The human body “remains robust and resilient” after almost a year in space, according to a long-term, multi-institutional study of twins, one of whom lived aboard the International Space Station for 340 days while the other remained on Earth. These heartening results remove a potential barrier to crewed interplanetary missions — and just in time for us to start planning them. The study, conducted by NASA and its partners on the American astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, minutely monitored the ...
Tags: Health, Space, Science, Government, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Astronauts, Iss, Scott Kelly, Space Station, Scott, Mark Kelly, Human Research Program


NASA's 'Twins Study,' landmark research for an eventual Mars mission

A NASA study of a US astronaut who spent a year in space while his twin brother remained on Earth is providing valuable insights into the effects of extended spaceflight on the human body, a key to planning a future manned mission to Mars, researchers said Thursday. US astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year on the International Space Station while his identical twin Mark Kelly, also a former NASA astronaut, stayed on the ground. The researchers who carried out the "NASA Twins Study" found that mos...
Tags: Science, US, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Scott Kelly, Scott, Mark Kelly


Scott Kelly spent a year in space. What happened to his body?

When astronaut Scott Kelly landed in the frigid Kazakhstan plains on March 2, 2016, a team of responders pulled Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts from the charred capsule and carried them to chairs, set out in the crisp morning air. After nearly a year in space, Kelly looked pale but appeared alright, joking about the weather with the crew and media.   Three years later — after scrutinizing Kelly's blood, arteries, genes, eyes, bones, and gut bacteria in the aftermath of the historic venture...
Tags: Science, Stanford, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Kazakhstan, Mars, Buffalo, Scott Kelly, Personalized Medicine, Mark, Kelly, State University of New York, Johnson Space Center, Mark Kelly, Michael Snyder


Spending time in space causes subtle physiological changes, Nasa twins study finds

Investigation on impact of life in space on human body could inform potential missions to MarsWhen Nasa set out to study identical twin astronauts – one orbiting in space for nearly a year, the other left behind on Earth – the outcome was uncertain. Would Scott Kelly return to Earth younger than his brother, Mark, as depicted in the film Interstellar?The answer, outlined in the most comprehensive investigation on the impact of life in space on the human body, is that there were apparently no sub...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, World news, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Human biology, Mars, Scott Kelly, Mark, Scott, MarsWhen Nasa, International Space Station Scientists


NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

WASHINGTON (AP) — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly’s body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars. The good news: Kelly largely bounced back […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Nation, Mars, Scott Kelly, Kelly


NASA's 'Twins Study,' landmark research on US astronauts

What if you could send an astronaut into space for a year and monitor him closely along with his identical twin brother on Earth? The US space agency NASA did just that and published the findings on Thursday of a landmark study that could provide insights into the hazards of long space flights such as a mission to Mars. The researchers found that most of the changes to the human body from extended spaceflight returned to normal shortly after a return to Earth.
Tags: Science, US, Nasa, Earth, Mars


How NASA Got Scott Kelly’s Blood Back to Earth for Twins Study

MAXIM ZMEYEVFrancine Garrett-Bakelman still remembers the day that she held, quite possibly, the most valuable vial of blood of her career. It was March 3, 2016, the day that astronaut Scott Kelly was set to return back to Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station.Garrett-Bakelman, now a physician-scientist at the University of Virginia, was handed Kelly’s blood samples soon after he touched down to Earth at Johnson Space Center in Houston. All she could think about was not dr...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Houston, University Of Virginia, Iss, Scott Kelly, Mark, Kelly, Scott, Stuart Lee, Johnson Space Center, Chirag Patel, Kellys


NASA study highlights profound effects of space travel on human body

NASA released the results of a momentous twin study on Thursday, which found that space travel has profound effects on the human body. The findings could shape NASA’s 2020 mission to Mars — a journey that would take astronauts at least three years.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars


NASA’s Curiosity rover just drilled a new hole on Mars

The year 2019 started off on a bittersweet note for NASA with the unfortunate demise of the incredibly trusty Opportunity rover on Mars. It was a sad day for the scientific community as a whole, but it wasn't the only rover cruising around on the Red Planet, and NASA's Curiosity rover has continued its stellar work even as it (probably) mourns the loss of its comrade.Now, continuing on its quest to learn more about the Martian landscape, Curiosity has successfully drilled another hole in...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Red Planet, NavCam, Aberlady


How the first picture of a black hole captures a big 2019 mood

For decades, pictures from space have forced humanity to reckon with our own cosmically small insignificance. But they have nothing on today's monumental first in space photography.  The Event Horizon Telescope captured a phenomenon so mysterious, so literally awesome that, for many years, scientists believed it would be impossible to depict: a black hole. EHT's international group of astronomers revealed "a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Chelsea Peretti, Sauron, Carl Sagan, Daniel Howell


What's actually going on in that cryptic black hole photo?

"We have now seen the unseeable." These are the words spoken by astrophysicist Avery Broderick on Wednesday morning, one of some 200 scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration who captured humanity's first image of a black hole — a zone of space so gravitationally powerful that whatever light falls in can't possibly escape. "Black holes are gravity run amok," said Broderick. Yet, we now have a picture of "the unseeable." More precisely, we can see a prominent ring of super...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Albert Einstein, Milky Way, Mars, Event Horizon Telescope, Einstein, North Pole, Virgo, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Lai, Broderick, MacDonald, Georgia State University


So where did the Mars methane go?

The most sensitive search to date for the gas that might signal life on the Red Planet draws a blank.
Tags: Science, Mars, Red Planet


Physicists Scramble to Understand the Extreme Crystals Hiding Inside Giant, Alien Planets

Deep in the heart of alien worlds, crystals form under pressures up to 40 million times more intense than the atmospheric pressure on Earth, and as much as 10 times more intense than the pressure in our planet's core. Understanding them better could help us search for life elsewhere in our galaxy.Right now, scientists know almost nothing about these mysterious crystals. They don't know how and when they form, what they look like or how they behave. But the answers to those questions coul...
Tags: Science, Earth, Harvard, Canada, Mars, Saturn, University of Toronto, Valencia, APS, Duffy, University of California Los Angeles, Astrophysical Journal, Tom Duffy, Interstellar Space Travel, American Physical Society APS, Diana Valencia


Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. Now Nikoloz Doborjginidze has co-founded a project to develop grape varieties that can be grown on Mars. After NASA called for the public to contribute ideas for a "sustained human presence" on the Red Planet, a group of Georgian researchers and entrepreneurs got together to propel the country's winemaking onto an interplanetary level.
Tags: Science, Georgia, Nasa, Mars, Nikoloz Doborjginidze


The International Space Station is disgusting

The International Space Station has been home to space travelers for nearly two decades now, and with the current crew of six, there's been a total of 59 expeditions -- or, teams of astronauts from the U.S., Russia, and other countries -- since it was put into service. With so many human bodies moving in and out of the spacecraft, it was bound to get a little bit dirty, but a new study of the insides of the ISS reveals just how gross it's become on a microscopic level.Using samples from ...
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Iss, Checinska Sielaff


Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. Now Nikoloz Doborjginidze has co-founded a project to develop grape varieties that can be grown on Mars. After NASA called for the public to contribute ideas for a "sustained human presence" on the Red Planet, a group of Georgian researchers and entrepreneurs got together to propel the country's winemaking onto an interplanetary level.
Tags: Science, Georgia, Nasa, Mars, Nikoloz Doborjginidze


NASA’s Curiosity rover just witnessed two solar eclipses on Mars

When a solar eclipse is expected here on Earth, it can be a pretty big deal. Back in August of 2017, a total solar eclipse occurred over much of the United States, and people traveled from huge distances just to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring sight.For NASA, sending robots to other planets is a great way to learn more about Earth's neighbors, but it's also an opportunity to observe events like eclipses in places where humans have never ventured. In a new blog post, NASA's Jet P...
Tags: Texas, Science, Nasa, Earth, United States, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mark Lemmon


SpaceX’s Starhopper completed its first mini-launch ‘hop’

Between tests of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, regular launches for commercial clients, and the impending second launch of the massive Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX has a whole lot on its plate these days. Despite all that, it's still working hard on its Starship program, which will (hopefully) one day result in a spacecraft capable of traveling throughout our solar system and maybe even to neighboring stars.At present, the Starship itself doesn't exist, but a small-scale version of it, call...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Mars, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Starship


If Mars Had Water, Where Did It Go?

It’ll be a fine day for Poland Spring, when Mars is finally colonized: bottled’s the only option, when you’re living on a planet whose last substantial traces of flowing liquid water disappeared a few billion years ago. That ancient water has occasioned much study and debate, and provided the name for at least one …Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Water, Poland, Mars


Misogyny at Microsoft, Farscape, and the New Airpods: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s April 2019—and perhaps the month that will later be known as the dawn of the Age of Fungus. A concerning report in the New York Times this weekend detailed how multiple strains of Candida auris, a drug-resistant species of pathogenic fungus, have quietly spread across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Facebook, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Japan, New York, Science, Technology, Movies, Microsoft, Labor, Climate Change, Drugs


‘Apollo 11’ Live 360-Degree Immersive Show to Touch Down in Los Angeles This Summer

Former astronaut Charlie Duke is one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the moon, and he is now bringing that experience to millions as ambassador of the upcoming live show “Apollo 11 – An Immersive 360° Adventure.”Premiering at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on July 5, the show’s launch ties in the with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first lunar landing on July 20, 1969.Duke served as capsule communicator in NASA’s Mission Control for that historic mission, ...
Tags: Spacex, Hollywood, Science, Los Angeles, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Ryan Gosling, Duke, Claire Foy, Rose Bowl, Neil Armstrong, Damien Chazelle, Neil, Jan, Pasadena California


Always dreamed of flying? On these moons, you can.

Both the moon and Mars have a weaker surface gravity than the Earth does. The result? You don't weigh as much on either celestial body as you do here. On a moon called Titan that orbits Saturn, the gravity isn't as strong as Earth's, but the atmosphere is much thicker. In this world, it would be possible to strap wings to your arms and fly around. On a low-gravity moon called Miranda, just off the space coast of Uranus, there are cliffs that are many miles high. It would be possible to jump off ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Adventure, Sports, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Physics, Innovation, Extreme Sports, Gravity, Exploration, Mars, Cosmos


Your Horoscope This Week

Action planet Mars travels through Gemini this week, increasing our ability to communicate our intentions. Work on your follow through with the help up Sunday’s waxing moon in Taurus until Monday at 4:28 a.m EST. Structuring your thoughts before you express them will be helpful on Sunday when chatty Mercury sextiles strict Saturn.
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