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NASA has selected six volunteers for an experiment to simulate a flight to Mars

A scene from the upcoming film “the Martian”.

In the United States selected an international team of scientists from six volunteers to participate in a new experiment simulating conditions on Mars. Within 365 days they will be completely isolated from the outside world on the slopes of a sleeping volcano Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which resembles the landscape of the red planet.

This is the fourth such experiment in 2020. The first two groups was in seclusion in self-contained complex in Hawaii for four months, the third managed to survive in isolation for up to twice as long – eight months. New group aims to raise the bar, “duration of survival” in the conditions simulating the Martian, to a new level. By the way, the experiment begins next week – August 28.

“The longer becomes each mission, the better we understand what are the risks from space travel,” said scientific project Manager Kim Binsted.

The organizers of the experiment hope that it will help to prepare the first manned Martian mission, which, according to estimates of NASA, will take place in 2030-ies. Continue reading

There is a space of 40 Nations

Recently the world celebrated the first 50 years of human space flight. And now, after half a century, this date should be remembered, because in space, traveled more than five hundred people from many countries, including from Ukraine.

Fidel Pavlenko said Oleg Fedorov, Director of the space research Institute of NAS of Ukraine, whether to continue to consider, on 12 April an outstanding day in the history of mankind?

Space activity is not profitable. It is of course. But we understand that there is a space of 40 Nations with a space program, and even in the crisis public investment has not decreased, as far as I know. This suggests that many countries consider that such activity for us today it’s not profitable, but, as the Americans say – investing in the future.

It seems to me that every civilized man, who forgets the beginning of its activities or the activities of its predecessors, not like this. So one who is engaged in space activities, even for him this is not only a celebration, an occasion to reflect every time on what you do today, what path was and what is waiting for you. Therefore very important for us because this date is once again to think over the strategy. Continue reading

10 famous spacecraft in science fiction

We are not the passengers of the ship named “Earth”. We are his team.

Marshall McLuhan, canadian philosopher

What would happen if you put together all the fantastic ships, coined by science fiction of the 20th century, and a formula of a starship? Rusty titanium case with a sign “Millennium machine”, solar sail (and in the case of wind — solar paddles), the dark matter generator, and calico colored toilet paper, as well as managing all this mess Artificial Intelligence models Windows 2050 with delusions of grandeur and a pleasant female voice, counting down the time before the explosion of the ship’s reactor.

Oh Yes, it would be a good ship. One-legged cyborg-the boatswain, not parting with a jar of deuterium, would include the night side lights (so we don’t crash into someone at subluminal speed, and FTL — us), and the captain nervously poked a finger at the colorful buttons on the command panels of the bridge and shouted: “Where’s the lighter?”. Continue reading

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