Tag: NASA

How Do We Keep Our Bacteria From Contaminating the Galaxy?

How Do We Keep Our Bacteria From Contaminating the Galaxy?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments January 11, 2020

Every mission to space must go through a proper cleaning procedure before launch. But how clean are they really? Cleaning spacecraft is to prevent contamination of any place explored in space. AKA planetary protection. Planetary Protection was set-up in 1967 as part of an international law known as The Outer Space Treaty. It was set […]

Rwanda Ecological Forecasting – NASA DEVELOP Spring 2013 @ Langley Research Center/Wise County
Aerogel Could Be the Key to Colonizing Mars, Here’s How

Aerogel Could Be the Key to Colonizing Mars, Here’s How

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 25, 2019

Mars is a harsh planet. Between its lack of a breathable atmosphere, no protection from UV rays, and temperatures that can range from a pleasant 20 to a hellish minus 153 degrees Celsius, Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. Science fiction thinks we can solve these problems with terraforming; you know, […]

Microbes From Space and Bits of Halley’s Comet

Microbes From Space and Bits of Halley’s Comet

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 24, 2019

Hi I’m Hank Green! Welcome to SciShow Space News. This week, the lesson seems to be that some things that come down to us from space are more delightful than others. First off, back on April 20th, SpaceX launched its third resupply mission to the International Space Station, delivering coffee, an experimental vegetable garden, and […]

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 22, 2019

[PBS Bumper] On April 15th, 1912, an “Unsinkable ship” named the Titanic hit an iceberg and came to rest nearly 4 kilometers beneath the surface. Light? None. The temperature? Two degrees Celsius. Pressures? 5000 pounds per square inch. But more than 100 years later, this watery graveyard is somehow teeming with life. Those strange icicle […]

NOVA scienceNOW : 42 – Saving Hubble, First Primates, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Killer Microbe

NOVA scienceNOW : 42 – Saving Hubble, First Primates, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Killer Microbe

By Micah Moen 2 Comments December 21, 2019

NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON (Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History): On this episode of NOVA scienceNOW: it’s the most famous scientific instrument in the world, and its stunning pictures have changed our view of the universe. MATT MOUNTAIN (Space Telescope Science Institute): Twenty years ago we didn’t know how big the universe was, how old it […]

How Seeker Will Collect The Most Extensive Data Set of the Pacific Ocean | The Swim

How Seeker Will Collect The Most Extensive Data Set of the Pacific Ocean | The Swim

By Micah Moen 63 Comments December 16, 2019

THIS IS THE ACCOMPLISHED LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER, BEN LECOMTE, JUST A FEW DAYS INTO THE MOST GRUELING AND EXCITING SWIM OF HIS LIFE. FOR EIGHT HOURS A DAY, BEN IS CHIPPING AWAY AT MORE THAN 5,000 MILES OF PACIFIC OCEAN THAT LIE AHEAD OF HIM. HIS TRANS-PACIFIC SWIM IS NOT ONLY MOTIVATED BY ADVENTURE BUT ALSO […]

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): For Forest Structure

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): For Forest Structure

By Micah Moen 0 Comment December 14, 2019

[music]>>NARRATOR: When scientists need to know what’s happening on the Earth’s surface, they often look down from space.>>SCIENTIST: These are great, but they don’t give me everything. I need biomass! I need forest stand height! I need moisture conditions! I need to know more, and I just can’t catch a break with all this cloud […]

NASA, Partner Space Agencies Measure Forests In Gabon

NASA, Partner Space Agencies Measure Forests In Gabon

By Micah Moen 5 Comments November 20, 2019

[Bird sounds] Researcher: You hear it kind of chirping? Like a bird? Oh yeah — got it. [bird and insect sounds] Fatoyinbo: So we’re about to go do an airborne campaign called AfriSAR. And the goal of our campaign is to go and measure cosystem structure — specifically forest structure forest height, forest carbon storage. […]

Titan’s Oceans Are Made of Super Cold Methane, and NASA Created Them on Earth!

Titan’s Oceans Are Made of Super Cold Methane, and NASA Created Them on Earth!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments November 12, 2019

Scientists are sending a submarine to Saturn’s moon Titan to explore its alien oceans in search for life and to possibly understand how life began on our own planet! Researchers are studying two main oceans on Titan. The Kraken Mare and Ligeia Mare. Both of which were discovered fairly recently by the Cassini space probe. […]