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This Summer’s Blockbuster: A Total Solar Eclipse

Posted on July 12th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Solar Flare

Image by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center via Goddard Media Studios

Treat yourself or your budding young scientists to something truly amazing this summer, a total solar eclipse. Here’s how to be ready on August 21, 2017, when the entire United States will experience the phenomenon from the west to east coasts. Continue reading “This Summer’s Blockbuster: A Total Solar Eclipse” »

NASA Creates ‘Fabric’ For The Galaxy and Beyond

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

NASA Space Fabric

Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech [PD NASA] via NASA.gov

Every seasoned business traveler knows the importance of breathable fabrics for comfort during the journey and if it doesn’t fit in the carry-on rollaway, you pick it up at your destination. However, when planning for exotic destinations like Mars, NASA can now use additive manufacturing to print custom fabrics along the journey and for more than just spacesuits. Continue reading “NASA Creates ‘Fabric’ For The Galaxy and Beyond” »

Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

space-based solar

By ExplainingTheFuture [Content on YouTube], via YouTube

As good stewards to our environment, we owe it to current and future generations to minimize our impact on the planet supporting all life. Has our choice of a terrestrial platform for solar power generation however, doomed us to inevitable failure of a nonviable approach? Continue reading “Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous” »

NASA to Mars: A Solution for “You Can’t Take it With You”

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Scientific discovery begins as more questions than answers.  For NASA to achieve its goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030’s, one key question concerns making the Red Planet habitable.  But if you’ve strained the payload feasibility of your biggest rocket, is there a way to not only create the dwellings required but their raw material as well?  Continue reading “NASA to Mars: A Solution for “You Can’t Take it With You”” »