Going once, going twice, sold! to the space enthusiast in the second row
By Jennie WaltersPosted 06.28.2011 at 3:05 pm 3 Comments
In April, NASA announced plans to "donate" four space shuttles to American museums for about $30 million apiece. That's a bit steep for armchair astronauts, but a surprising amount of semi-affordable space stuff goes to auction each year.
Mars is one seriously cold rock, so where better in the world to test a new spacesuit design then the permafrost of Antarctica? NASA researchers recently took the NDX-1 spacesuit prototype, designed at the University of North Dakota by Argentine aerospace engineer Pablo de Leon, for an Antarctic test drive where the suit was exposed to 47 mile per hour winds and frigid polar temperatures.
Training to be an astronaut is not for the faint of heart. Your training includes being strapped into a contraption that whirls you around at high speeds until you're on the verge of losing consciousness. You get to ride on a plane -- affectionately referred to as the "vomit comet" -- that nosedives into a freefall to simulate microgravity. Or, you might also get to spend six hours in an underwater tank wearing a 650-pound spacesuit. Luckily, it wouldn't feel like 650 pounds, because you'd be in a state of neutral buoyancy.
Amateur radio enthusiasts use a surplus ISS spacesuit to create the worldâ€™s first humanoid satellite.
By Spencer RobinsPosted 08.04.2005 at 8:00 pm 0 Comments
If, late this month, you should happen to hear news reports of a man plunging toward Earth engulfed in flame, be assured that thousands of amateur-radio enthusiasts across the world are monitoring the situation closely. The “man” is actually SuitSat, a project conceived by the group Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to get schoolchildren excited about space.
Astronauts on board the ISS will soon be disposing of surplus Russian Ormal space suits by releasing them into space.
By Patrick Di JustoPosted 05.20.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
As Ansari X Prize champs Burt Rutan and Paul Allen and their band of multimillionaire brothers—Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and hotelier Robert Bigelow—close in on developing the launch vehicles and orbital habitats that will open space travel to the well-heeled tourist, one big question remains: What are you going to do up there?