Tagged: NASA

Want to build a moon base? Easy. Just print it - Guest Work

Guest Author May 18, 2016

By Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the world’s first 3D printed object made from bits of an asteroid. 3D printing, and additive manufacturing processes more generally, have made many advances in recent years. Just a few years … Read More

What’s going on at the UOC? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 09, 2016

Q. What has Mars, Epidemics, Heart Disease, Infection, and Pacifika got in common? A. They are all central to research project at the University of Otago Christchurch (UOC). Here are some excerpts for the UOC summer newsletter (Written by UOC communications manager, Kim Thomas). Christchurch in NASA Mars project role University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers are playing a crucial role … Read More

2015 hottest year on record - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 21, 2016

It was signposted all year, but North American agencies have confirmed: 2015 was the hottest year since records began in 1880. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis showed that global surface air temperatures continued a long trend upward: 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 surpassed … Read More

Why we need a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2015

Christopher Grainger, UCL In the late 1960s a good chunk of the world’s brightest minds and fanciest labs were devoted to one thing: space exploration. When NASA’s funding peaked in 1966 the organisation employed 400,000 people and consumed more than 4% of the US federal budget. Three years later, after less than a decade of serious … Read More

Kiwi rocket scientist gets rare NASA honour - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 13, 2015

His name adorns medals, roads and even a mountain. Now NASA has paid Kiwi rocket scientist, the late Sir William Pickering, a significant tribute, dedicating an auditorium at its iconic Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pickering’s name. In July a ceremony at JPL in Pasadena including staff, dignitaries, former JPL directors and Sir William’s daughter, Beth Pickering Mezitt, celebrated the naming of … Read More

The Martian: Blows Gravity and Interstellar out of the water - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 05, 2015

Space movies have become a hot genre over the last few years, with star-studded blockbusters Gravity and Interstellar reigniting interest in the drama of space exploration. The makers of those movies also prided themselves on the scientific authenticity of their movies, appointing science advisors to help them get the technical aspects if not exactly right, at least plausible. Those two movies … Read More

Rocket salad anyone? - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing Aug 12, 2015

I tweeted (@stevepointing) this story yesterday describing how astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) had tucked into their first ‘home grown’ salad in space.  It was also the feature of my interview with Duncan Garner on yesterday’s Radio Live Driveshow.  The obvious joy at having something other than food from a foil pouch was clearly visible among Scott … Read More