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Science: NASA’s Weather Machine (Video)

NASA’s playing God! It’s making its own weather!
Jeremy Clarkson

Wow. Sometimes (read: more often than you think) the byproducts of science and engineering as, or more, fascinating than the intended project. Case in point: NASA’s rocket booster testing in ‘nowhere, in the middle of nowhere’ Mississippi. The intent was to test some very expensive, very large, very VERY loud boosters. The byproducts – big billowing clouds RAIN clouds!

Seeding clouds for rain? Nah. That’s 20th Century maaaaan. NASA is making clouds… on the side… just because!

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The U.S. Military Budget Is $600 Billion. What If NASA Had That Kind Of Budget? (Video)

The military strength of the United States eclipses that of the armed forces of the next 20 nations or so ranked behind it… together! So, let’s say America’s lead is “comfortable” to say the least. What if we threw more of that military money at NASA instead of shrinking its budget? We might already be living on Mars or something.

Check this out.

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Technology/Travel: A Look At 6 Futuristic Aircraft (Video)

Helicopters and airplanes from the future. Are we out of ideas about what they might look like? Well, sort of. See, these are no longer [just] ideas… Check out these flyers from the future, conceptual but no less real life!

6. The Transformer Aircraft
5. Aether Cruise Air Cruiser Ship
4. Future Russian Aircraft PAK-TA
3. P-791 Hybrid Vehicle
2. Thales Alenia Spaceship
1. NASA Morphing Aircraft

And the NASA craft… inspired by birds. If man was meant to fly, he’d have aircraft and he does so suck it hater of science and cool tech!

@ojones1

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NASA: Futuristic Aircraft Design (Video)

Airlines are going so far nowadays as to ask passengers to go ‘potty’ before takeoff to make the plane lighter overall. Every little bit counts. Ha!

Seriously. Lighter… as well as more powerful & efficient, more resilient, less pollutant-producing… all goals for airlines. Such are also hallmarks of futuristic air transportation tech. So you gotta know NASA is all over it. Matter of fact, it is likely that research-heavy NASA is leading in many ways. Watch this documentary on how.

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NASA Puts Its Money Where It’s Satellite Is: Burning Up A Billion-Dollar Probe To Protect Alien Life (Video)

Once again, Star Trek gives science the blueprint. Remember the Prime Directive (prohibiting Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations? Well, NASA is following that in purest form and intention!

NASA’s Juno probe successfully began orbiting Jupiter on July 4. The spacecraft has 37 orbits to go before it burns up on purpose — to protect potential aliens.

Holy self-destruct, NASA! We don’t even want to risk exposing any potential alien life to our Earth germs. And before you grumble about that being billion-dollar overkill, Google how ill the Native Americans got shortly after being ‘exposed’ to European explorers ALIENS waaaaay before Star Trek.

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NASA Exploring Ways That Humans Could Colonize Venus (Video)

Space exploration. Living somewhere other than Earth. Always an interesting discussion topic.

We talk about colonizing Mars. Then someone chimes in, “What about the moon?” But why aren’t we talking about Venus, the other planetary neighbor. Maybe we go take a look. Maybe NASA is coming up with ways we could look, and live, over there. Nah, not maybe. NASA is definitely on it!

NASA Langley researchers want to get a better idea about conditions on our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus, so they have come up with HAVOC or a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept – a lighter-than-air rocket ship that would help send two astronauts on a 30-day mission to explore the planet’s atmosphere. Exploration of Venus is a challenge not only because its smog-like sulfuric acid-laced atmosphere, but also its extremely hot surface temperature and extremely high air pressure on the surface.

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Technology: NASA’s New Superhero Robot (Video)

Of the teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) last year, NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) developed the clear winner – a humanoid robonaut, Valkyrie.

Valkyrie (designated R5 by NASA) is a 1.9 meter tall, 125 kilogram, battery-powered human-like robot. A JSC team in Houston partnered with The University of Texas and Texas A&M (with funding from the state of Texas) to build the R5 for the DRC.

The DRC challenge was to create tech that could walk over uneven terrain, climb a ladder, use tools, and drive; pretty much be capable of operating in the same spaces that a person would operate in, under the control of humans who have only minimal training with robots. Nice. Take a look.

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Technology: Bigelow Aerospace’s Inflatable Space Stations (Video)

Bigelow Aerospace is designing inflatable modules for space storage/work/living that will be more durable than today’s rigid modules. The company uses several layers of vectran, a material twice as strong as kevlar. In theory, (1) flexible walls of (2) stronger material should be able to sustain micrometeoroid impacts better. Ground-based testing has borne that out. Bigelow’s design will sustain impacts and other problems as much as 24 hours to remedy them before they become fatal. Better than today’s space tech. Good stuff!

‘[NASA] contracted with Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, to build new crew quarters that will be attached to the International Space Station in late 2015. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will travel within an unpressurized cargo hold. At the space station, the module will be attached to an air lock and then inflated to its full size of 13 feet long and 10 feet wide (with 560 cubic feet of space).’

Check out the vignette above. Read the article I read in Oracle | Profit at the link here.

@ojones1

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‘Mayan Doomsday 2012’…NASA Knew It Wouldn’t Happen (Video)

C’mon… you’ve been watching “The Walking Dead” on AMC… you peeped the movie trailers for “World War Z” and “After Earth”… You cannot tell me that along with those visions of sugarplums dancing in your head… you hadn’t thought about what might happen on 12/21/2012 (the day the world was supposed to end).

Okay, you don’t have to admit it. After all, you have the luxury of being here today saying “I knew it all along.” NASA’s and other scientists took a stand on this craziness before the so-called Doomsday date arrived.

‘…there was never evidence that the Maya culture predicted the end of the world on 12/21/12 . In fact, there are Mayan texts that refer to time periods beyond 2012.’

– Anthological archeologist Sonja Schwake

NASA made a video about it. Wanna see it? Click above.

@ojones1

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Technology: The World’s First Supersonic Skydiver (Video)

Okay, I tagged this one “technology” but it should really be “adventure.” This past Sunday, Austrian former paratrooper Felix Baumgartner finally got to fulfill his latest mission… to skydive from over 24 miles up AND become the first human to break the sound barrier without a vehicle! Interestingly enough, Chuck Yeager celebrated the 65th anniversary of his breaking the sound barrier (in a supersonic vehicle). Whew! These guys are a couple of man’s men… and NERDS (can’t do this and be stupid y’all)… at the same damn time! Big up to space research like this… and to those who BOLDLY go where none have gone before. Respect!

Peep the congratulatory Tweet from NASA:

 

‘The dive was, in fact, more than just a stunt. NASA is eager to improve its blueprints for future spacesuits.’

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One GIANT LEAP for mankind… sponsored by Red Bull. Now, THIS ought to sell some energy drinks!

@ojones1
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Challenges Of Getting To Mars: Curiosity’s 7 Minutes Of Terror (Video)

With the recent success of NASA landing the Curiousity Rover on Mars, we were reminded by Jose3030 of just what it took for NASA to make the mission a complete success. In the above video Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Although there was no real physical terror for any person involved with this mission, the real terror would have been if it had failed considering over $2 Billion invested dollars was on the line with the project.

READ: MARS ROVER ‘CURIOSITY’ LANDS ON THE RED PLANET
Aaron Hall – ‘Curiosity’ feat. Redman (Marley Marl Remix)

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