If manned exploration of space is to continue, what sort of advances could we see with the next generation of space suits?
In my opinion, space suit technology needs to improve in 3 major ways:
1. Make it CHEAPER.
2. Make it LIGHTER.
3. Make it SERVICEABLE.
I think the last one is very important. If manned missions are going to break free from low Earth orbit, especially if they go beyond the moon, astronauts are going to have to be able to repair their own suits.
Other than that, I definitely see digital Heads-Up-Displays being incorporated into the helmet, along with advancements in mobility. I think NASA needs to look back at the EX-1A suit concept and modernize it. Look at how flexible it is in this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhB9uWZZPFo
what do you know about plants in space?
I know there are alot of experiments done up there and I figure there must be at least 1 botanist.
Plants are grown in space using a process called aeroponics, which is similar to hydroponics except that it does not use a growing medium or aggregate. Nutrients are delivered to the plants’ exposed roots using a mist of atomized, nutrient-rich water solution. Sputnik 4 was the first spacecraft to carry plants (including wheat, peas, corn, and onion seed) into space in 1960. Wikipedia’s article on aeroponics has some general information about the process in space applications, their sources at the end of the article are great places to start if you want to read up on space biology :)
Road to the Stars (Дорога к звёздам) is a 1957 russian movie, directed by special effects pioneer Pavel Klushantsev. The 50 minutes masterpiece predicted space rocket launch, artificial satellite, space station, EVA and the landing on the moon, in a scene that resembles a lot the real event, in 1969.
Road to the Stars also holds similarities to 1968 movie 2001: Space Odyssey, like a big, round spinning space station.
The full movie, in original audio and no subtitles, here.
Hey there!! =D I just want to say that I ADORE your Tumblr. Really, it's probably one of the coolest things I've seen. :)
I also just want to make a suggestion for the "Top Ten Songs About Space" post. There's a song called "'39" by Queen, which was written by Brian May, their guitarist, that I think is a really awesome song. It's about a man who goes off in a spaceship and travels space which, to him, seems like it's only been one year. BUT, when he comes back to Earth, it has really been a hundred years, and everything and everyone he has ever known has changed and died. It's a very neat song, and I think it's very much worth mentioning. :)
Thanks for the awesome Tumblr!! :D ♥♥♥♥
Space has been an inspiration for pop musicians for a long time. Whether it’s a metaphor for love, death or fear, the vacuum that surrounds our planet seems to be full of possible interpretations and themes to be sung about.
We present you a list with ten songs about space, stars, extraterrestrial life and so on. Put your helmet on and fasten your seatbelt: here we go!