As Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off this morning -- setting a record for the most women simultaneously in space -- three other women on the ground looked to break some ground of their own. An Arizona State U. Biodesign Institute research trio launched a first-of-its-kind experiment aboard Discovery that will offer insight into how cells react to infectious disease under the low-gravity conditions of space.
To anyone who's ever pondered what urine looks like in space -- c'mon, don't be shy -- we say: wonder no more, because photos of the phenomenon have finally hit the internet.
Last Wednesday, a number of skygazers were lucky to sight a mysterious flare in the night sky, that, as it now turns out, was a 150-pound cocktail of astronaut urine and waste water released from the shuttle Discovery.
By Gregory Mone
Posted 10.24.2007 at 11:26 am 1 Comment
As the space shuttle Discovery was on its way to the International Space Station, China successfully launched its first lunar probe.
The Chang'e-1 spacecraft, named after a mythical Chinese goddess, should begin orbiting the Moon on November 1. It will spend a year studying the lunar surface. China says that this latest mission is part of a program that will place an unmanned vehicle on the Moon by 2012. You can watch a video of the launch here.—Gregory Mone
Lisa Marie Nowak and William Oefelein, before the fall
No one ever said Cupid worked gently—the guy carries a bow and arrow, after all—but lately his orchestrations have been downright violent. In the month leading up to Valentines Day, three macabre love triangles have burst into the media: one involving residents of Second Life, one concerning skydivers, and today, perhaps the most gripping scenario, which entangled a trio of astronauts.
Tight on funds, NASA cuts key science programs to foot the bill for manned missions to space
By Stefano Coledan
Posted 05.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
In July, the space shuttle Discovery is slated to deliver two tons of hardware and supplies to the partially built International Space Station. This mission is paid for. As for the 16 more needed to finish assembly, as mandated by President George W. Bush two years ago in his Vision for Space Exploration policy, NASA is short by as much as $5 billion.
This month, astronauts will deliver an even better internal eye to the Hubble Space Telescope.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner & Michael Moyer (Editors)
Posted 01.25.2002 at 2:46 pm 0 Comments
It's arguably the most powerful scientific instrument ever created, adept at inspecting exploding stars and glimpsing billions of years back in time. Yet the Hubble Space Telescope is really just a giant orbiting lens, only as good as the camera within. This month, astronauts will deliver an even better internal eye, the Advanced Camera for Surveys. The upgrade will allow Hubble to operate 10 times more quickly. Here is a brief history of the telescope that changed the way we think about the universe.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.