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Glug, Glug, Bubble, Bubble: Diving into Outer Space

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known [...]

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Back in Space! Astronaut Ultrasound Technology for the Spine

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has funded a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain. Thanks to a partnership with the private sector, the idea is to accelerate the development of commercially promising products meeting a medical need in space…as well as on [...]

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Extraterrestrial Cooking 101: Moon, Mars Space Galley Tested

Don’t tell anybody. There may be a secret sauce to cooking in space. Cornell researchers have taken to the air to better understand the effectiveness of a specially constructed space galley – one designed to be used on the Moon as well as Mars. Making use of the microgravity-producing “G-Force 1” space simulator plane the [...]

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Book Review: Suborbital – Industry at the Edge of Space

Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space by Erik Seedhouse; Springer/Praxis, New York /Heidelberg; $34.99; 2014. As the dawn of commercial suborbital flight draws closer, author Erik Seedhouse has written an informative book on the topic. The reader will find splendid accounts of such groups as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, and XCOR [...]

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The Ultimate “Take-out” Menu! Food for the First Mars Expedition

Question: How do you feed a six-person crew on a three-year mission to Mars? Answer: It’s not easy! That point was underscored during a June 23 panel discussion on living and working in extreme conditions at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo held this week in New Orleans. A [...]

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