Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock.USA Cap Com-Huston: Go ahead.The plot concerned a NASA mission in which a US spacecraft ran into problem.The three crew members on board were saved by a Soviet mission also in orbit.It is planned that the first experimental flight to test these systems be conducted during 1975, envisaging the docking of a United States Apollo-type spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz-type spacecraft with visits of astronauts in each other s spacecraft.The implementation of these projects will be carried out on the basis of principles and procedures which will be developed in accordance with the summary of results of the meeting between representatives of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the USSR Academy of Sciences on the question of developing compatible systems for rendezvous and docking of manned spacecraft and space stations of the USA and the USSR dated April 6, 1972.
It doesn't seem like there are any other cars on the market right now that have as many easter eggs as Tesla's cars do.Most of them are even hidden directly in front of the driver, but chances are you haven't even seen them.If you press button on your Tesla's charge handle, the light around the charge port flashes rainbow colors.Something to keep you entertained while you wait for your car to charge.If you've purchased Tesla's Autopilot software, turn it on four times quickly to display a Mario Kart-like rainbow road on your gauge cluster screen.Elon Musk referred to this rainbow Easter egg as a "psychedelic cowbell road."
Scientists track British genetic adaptation over 2,000 yearsNew research by geneticists working with data from the UK10K Project to study the genomes of 10,000 Britons has for the first time detailed exactly how the genetic traits of the people of the British Isles have evolved over the past 2,000 years Nature .Lockheed Martin plans Mars orbital lab for 2028Later today, Lockheed Martin is set to unveil details about its planned Mars Base Camp: a laboratory that will house six astronauts in orbit about Mars, which the company hopes to have in place by 2028 Popular Science .The system uses cameras, acoustic and radio frequency sensors to monitor stadia and business premises that could be at risk of unwanted drone activity.The camera connector just fits on the right-hand side of the Zero's board in what Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton calls "dumb luck."Produced by Bruno Wu and producer Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Global Studios, Kasanoff says that it's an ensemble piece with a Chinese cast; the first part of a trilogy that's "not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise."Book now for WIRED MoneyWIRED Money showcases the innovative thinkers who are re-imagining the financial sector.
All Images: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRIPluto may be long gone, but NASA s New Horizons spacecraft is by no means finished with the outer solar system.For the second time, New Horizons has observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile wide Kuiper Belt Object KBO that orbits over 3 billion miles from the sun.Here was JR1 back in November:And here it is last month, from a distance of just 69 million miles:The latest observations allowed the New Horizons science team to start fleshing out a portrait of the lonely space rock.We can now pinpoint the location of JR1 to within 600 miles, giving us our most precise KBO orbit to date.Indeed, these are our first tantalizing glimpses of a mysterious realm whose existence astronomers only learned of a few decades ago.You can think of the Kuiper Belt as a vast cryobank, filled with primordial chunks of rock that have not been touched or transformed since the birth of the solar system.
Eight studies have received funding under Phase 2 of the NASA innovative Advanced Concepts program, including a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft to other star systems using powerful lasers.The high-risk, high-reward ideas — which received grants under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC program — include a possible way to induce a hibernation-like state in Mars-bound astronauts and a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars using powerful lasers."The NIAC program is one of the ways NASA engages the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, including agency civil servants, by challenging them to come up with some of the most visionary aerospace concepts," Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C, said in a statement Friday May 13 .This basic idea is at the heart of the $100 million Breakthrough Starshot project, which Stephen Hawking and other scientists announced last month.In this concept, a spacecraft would slow down upon approach to a planet by generating its own magnetic field.- See more at: http://www.space.com/32894-nasa-interstellar-flight-tech-niac-space-grants.html sthash.r4Idujwq.dpuf"Phase 2 decisions are always challenging, but we were especially challenged this year with so many successful Phase 1 studies applying to move forward with their cutting-edge technologies," Jason Derleth, the NIAC program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in the same statement.
From science fiction to economics, entrepreneurism to human history, it's a solid batch of choices, with something to keep all minds occupied during a beach break or long flight.Five thousand years later and their progeny form seven distinct races and they must journey to an alien: Earth.People figure out that in two years a cataclysmic meteor shower will wipe out all life on Earth, so the world unites on a plan to keep humanity going by launching as many spacecraft as possible into orbit.Even if the details of Nick s work turn out to be wrong, I suspect his focus on energy will be seen as an important contribution to our understanding of where we come from."As founder and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world's largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings an entrepreneur's perspective to bear on the country's economic stagnation.Today, of course, Japan is intensely interesting to anyone who follows global economics.
LONDON—After satellite services providers Inmarsat PLC and Eutelsat Communications SA have worried investors with recent cuts to their sales outlook, the chief executive of rival SES SA on Wednesday said ample growth opportunities remain for his company.Shares in the Paris-based company plummeted 27% in price on the day and are down more than 32% for the month.But investors still appear to remain skeptical about the entire sector.Mr. Sabbagh is trying to persuade investors that SES isn t just buying and deploying satellites to provide capacity, but rather has managed to provide growth by tapping emerging demand, such as beaming more higher-definition television than has historically taken place.In a signal SES remains bullish about the industry s prospects, the company last month agreed to take a controlling stake in O3b Networks Ltd., which is deploying a fleet of spacecraft to beam high-speed Internet to remote locations.SES said it would spend $20 million to increase its stake from 49.1% to 50.5% and has taken a call option to acquire the rest of the stock for $710 million.
The space agency says of its smartphone-enabled twins: "Orbiting about 250 miles above Earth, Nodes will demonstrate the ability to receive and distribute commands in space from the ground, while periodically exchanging scientific data from their onboard radiation instruments, a first for small satellites.Comms are provided by "one S-band radio for ground communication, one ultra high frequency UHF radio for crosslink communication, and an additional UHF beacon radio that transmits state-of-health information", according to the mission outline PDF .Roger Hunter, program manager for NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program SSTP , which funds Nodes, said: "The technologies demonstrated during this mission are important, as they will show that a network of satellites can be controlled without communicating to each satellite directly."Nodes will demonstrate inter-satellite communications and autonomous command and control; this will help enable future constellation command and control capabilities."Bootnotes*Here are the two Nodes CubeSats packed into a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer with at left the St Thomas More Cathedral School STMSat-1.Pic: NASA**The EDSN's eight CubeSat cluster was destroyed in November last year due to the failure of the Super Strypi lifter, shortly after lift-off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
This year s Queen s Speech was arguably it s most technology focused with a commercial spaceport, driverless cars and faster broadband were all being given special prominance.To help make sense of it all we re going to run through each mention and explain what it means and whether the government is actually going to follow through with its plans.The government is indeed looking to build a spaceport in the UK by 2020 with eight locations under consideration with Newquay, Cornwall looking to be the strongest.Alongside providing thousands of new jobs in the area the commercial spaceport would become a central European hub for the testing of experimental new spacecraft including Reaction Engines Skylon and Virgin Galactic s own space planes.Faster BroadbandRui Vieira/PA WireThat s right, if you re still struggling to get broadband in your home then the Queen s Speech contained some good news.While The US and Sweden have predominantly been leaders in this area the government is already working on a futureproofed bill that will turn the UK s roads into a giant testing ground for the next-generation of automated cars.
A new study released by NASA on Tuesday shows that oceans on Europa, one of Jupiter s 67 known moons, might have a lot in common with our own oceans, including a chemical balance capable of harboring life.Scientists have been eyeing the mysterious water world as one of the most promising places to find alien life for a while now, and this study suggests they're on the right track.The moon, which is only a quarter the size of Earth, is covered in a thick shell of ice.But there is strong evidence that there could be a salty ocean deep beneath its surface.For the study, scientists at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory compared Europa s potential for producing hydrogen and oxygen with Earth s using the same methods developed to study Earth s oceans."The cycling of oxygen and hydrogen in Europa's ocean will be a major driver for Europa's ocean chemistry and any life there, just as it is on Earth," NASA planetary geophysicist and lead author Steve Vance said in a press release.The right balanceScientists want to get a closer look at how Europa s seawater interacts with deep cracks that are thought to form at the surface of the moon's rocky core.On Earth, when new cracks form, the new rock reacts with the water, producing minerals and releasing hydrogen.They're looking to see if the same reactions are occuring on Europa.They're also looking for signs of the ability to support life in Europa s icy exterior — and on this front they've made some solid gains.Thanks to its scant atmosphere, Europa is constantly bombarded by cosmic radiation which breaks up the chemical bonds of the ice within.Whether or not life and biological processes complete the circuit is part of what motivates our exploration of Europa," Hand said in the press release.And the next step in answering that question is figuring out how the hydrogen and oxygen, along with other elements such as carbon and nitrogen, interact in Europa s ocean.NASA is currently putting together a mission slated for the 2020s that would further explore Europa.A radiation-tolerant spacecraft would be sent into orbit around Jupiter to take high-res flyby images of the icy moon to learn more about its composition and ability to sustain life.NOW WATCH: Here's why aliens might actually existLoading video...
The X-37B is part of a top-secret government program to develop reusable, unmanned spacecraft technologies and conduct experiments.The Air Force has already successfully completed three X-37B missions starting with the first launch in April of 2010."They are filling the payload bay with various experiments," he added.The Air Force has opened up about some of the technologies being tested on the latest flight, including advanced guidance, reusable insulation, and advanced propulsion systems."The sorts of things that you would want with something like this … you develop new technology sensors like new cameras, new listening devices, intelligence gathering radio antennas, and maybe a new type of antenna dish that unfolds in a new way.And you want to exercise it in space multiple times and then bring it back to earth," he said.
Concept art for NASA's flyby mission to Europa.Planetary scientists have identified Jupiter's icy moon of Europa as one of their top targets for exploration, believing that its warm interior oceans may well harbor life.A new study published just this week, authored by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, found that conditions in the oceans on Europa may indeed be Earth-like and capable of harboring life.However, there has been some concern that having both an orbital spacecraft and a lander in a single mission would prove too challenging for a single rocket to deliver.The plan would be for the orbiter spacecraft to swoop down into the harsh radiation environment near Europa because of the moon's proximity to Jupiter and out again to relay data back to Earth.Yet this limited data was enough to tantalize scientists, and Europa has been a target of high interest for planetary scientists ever since.
US aerospace and defence firm Lockheed Martin has unveiled a concept for a new Mars base that will orbit the Red Planet instead of being based on the planet's surface, enabling humans to be sent to Mars by 2028.Lockheed Martin has envisioned a heavy lift rocket that turns into a space station, orbiting Mars to allow scientists to gather valuable researchUnveiled at the Human to Mars space conference in Washington DC on Wednesday 18 May, the Mars Base Camp is a space station designed to orbit around the Red Planet, similar to the International Space Station ISS , only smaller.Also included in the design are radiators to keep sensitive electronics and living quarters cool, solar arrays to harness power from the sun for spacecraft operations and propulsion, and a cryogenic rocket engine that produces a high-powered thrust to get the spacecraft from lunar orbit into deep space to Mars and enables the astronauts to go on excursions around the Red Planet's moons; Phobos and Deimos.Much can be learnt from Mars orbitLockheed Martin's mission timeline for the Mars base campBy being in orbit of the Red Planet, scientists can learn a lot more about Mars even without landing, and it means that we could learn more instead of spending more time creating and constructing the right habitats.So Lockheed Martin has come up with a proposal it hopes the space agency will consider in order to cement plans to get humans to Mars.To that end, it has drawn up set targets – have the rocket and capsule ready to launch on an unmanned mission by 2018, and if that is successful, take astronauts to deep space, just beyond the moon in 2023 for the first time ever, and then work their way towards orbiting Mars by 2028.
About 3.4 billion years ago, while the earliest multicelled organisms were busy seeding the evolutionary pathways for life on Earth, Mars was getting rocked by meteor impacts that devastated the planet s northern landmasses with tsunamis so large they dwarf most of those seen on earth during recorded history.Evidence of two such events was discovered by Alexis Rodriguez, a researcher at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, along with a team of colleagues who found traces of the catastrophe using satellite imagery.The tsunamis seemingly occurred within a region of the Martian landscape where two major regions — the Arabia Terra highlands and the Chryse Planitia lowlands — bump up against one another.The main source of contention focuses on the remains of that potential shoreline, which is not visible in all places it should be, and therefore has caused uncertainty among scientists.Using the help of a Mars-orbiting spacecraft, the team pinpointed evidence in the form of two geological formations that show evidence of both an initial impact-generated tsunami 3.4 billion years ago, which would have dropped massive boulders over 300 miles inland, and another some 4 million years later.The hypothesis was proposed in a 2010 study, which concluded that high-energy tsunamis would have left a mark on the shoreline.
Astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping, from left to right, join hands after leaving the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in Inner Mongolia in June 2013.Photo: XinhuaSpace is a frontier that could soon fall to privately funded Chinese start-ups looking for commercial opportunities created by the sky-high costs of the state-run space programme, which one expert describes as probably the most expensive in the world .Visitors to the simple but sleek website of Beijing-based One Space Technology are greeted with the slogan We create space express .Most rocket launch pads in China are controlled by the military and access to such facilities is not easy.Adjusted for purchasing power parity at the time, the actual cost of Chang e was a third higher than the Japanese spacecraft.While that centralised structure worked for a poor country with limited resources, it came under increasing challenge from the private sector as the mainland economy grew to become the world s second largest.
With giant oceans coating the red planet s northern hemisphere, huge meteoroids would slam into the planet s surface kicking up giant waves 120 metres high.This isn t the first time the idea of huge tidal waves has come up in relation to Mars.Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini 4 spacecraft, floats in the zero gravity of space with an earth limb backdrop circa November 1965.Five NASA astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis look out overhead windows on the aft flight deck toward their counterparts aboard the Mir Space Station in March of 1996.Echo 1, a spherical balloon with a metalized skin, was launched by NASA on 12th August 1960.Four views of Earth rising above the lunar horizon, photographed by the crew of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module, while in lunar orbit, May 1969.
The 9D television developed by the University of SussexMatt BurgessStaff WriterFollow @mattburgess1A prism sprays small bursts of smelly vapour towards the nose while pulses of air are fired at the hand to tease the senses: this is '9D' television.On screen, when Baymax – the animated inflatable star of Big Hero 6 – springs a leak, air is pulsed from a haptic device onto the palm of the viewer.In the microgravity of Interstellar, a sharp burst of air hits the hand at the precise moment a small asteroid crashes into Matthew McConaughey's spacecraft.Similar technology is already breaking into other forms of entertainment; touch feedback is being developed for gaming and smells can already be sent via mobile phone.Television systems of the future could put the watcher in the driving seat of a car chase, where every bump in the road is felt, or transmit the smells from the kitchen of a cookery show.But transmitted feelings are limited by the hand having to be kept above the haptic interface.
Airbus APWorks; Jungfernfahrt Light Rider; 20.05.2016; Ottobrunn Image Source: AP Works3-D printing has been used to make all sorts of products of increasing complexity, including rockets for spacecraft and engine components.The oh-so-cleverly-named Light Rider is produced by Airbus subsidiary AP Works.Even including the chunky tires, suspension and electric motor, the whole bike only weighs in at 35kg.DON T MISS: Apple s stores have gone from serious to absurd in 15 yearsDespite the low weight and electric motor, the bike still has enough power to make it a serious around-town commuter: 50mph top speed, and 0-30 in three seconds.All in all, it s like some kind of electric bicycle/Vespa hybrid, and it sounds ideal for my daily commute.The entire project is really a metaphor for 3-D printing s battle against more conventional manufacturing technology.
One example is the space western story The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker where it is now the British area Company based settlements on Mars. Anyone wishing to see Mars up close as you can without making a space trip need only look to the south around midnight, quite low in the sky. That's when SpaceX has set out to their first lander will be heading there, as the first test on the road to eventually be able to send a craft with people. Right now engaged Jan Bergman and his colleagues to prepare instruments for spacecraft juice, to be sent to Jupiter's moons. They start not from scratch this year. He wants to establish a human colony on the planet.
India is set to launch a scale model of a reusable spacecraft on Monday, a project that in time could pit the nation against billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper and easier.The winged vessel -- one-fifth of full size -- is due to blast off on a rocket from Sriharikota base on the southeastern coast, reach an altitude of 70 kilometers 43 miles and glide back at supersonic speeds to Earth for a splashdown in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.India put a probe into Mars orbit in 2014 for just $74 million, demonstrating a combination of technological capability and low costs that chimes with the goal of more frequent space travel being championed by Musk s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Bezos s Blue Origin LLC."India plans to spend about 75 billion rupees $1.1 billion on its entire space program in the year through March 2017, a fraction of the yearly $19-billion-dollar budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the U.S.The reusable space vehicle is supposed to provide a cost-effective and reliable option for operations such as launching satellites, according to the Indian space agency.An unmanned mission to the moon that ended in 2009 showed water formation there may be occurring.The Mars probe beat China to the red planet after an almost yearlong voyage.Prime Minister Narendra Modi controls the Department of Space, whose successes give the premier an opportunity to market India as a destination for high-technology investment.The nation remains about eight years away from a full-scale version of the reusable space vehicle, and still has to cross the hurdle of steering the vessel safely back to land rather than water, according to the Indian space agency.Musk s SpaceX in December pulled off a soft, vertical touchdown after the two-stage rocket propelled its payload.Less than month earlier, Bezos sent one of his test rockets to the edge of space and landed it safely back on Earth.