Did you know?, Physics, Space flight

Taming the sound from a shuttle using water


What purpose would a water tank have in the proximity of a space shuttle launch?

Well, believe it or not, it is used to suppress the acoustical energy (sound and rocket exhaust reflected from the flame trench and Mobile Launcher Platform ) during launch

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Warp speed possible, predicted by the theory of relativity, astrophysics professor says

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Hailing from the University of Sydney, professor Lewis is set to deliver a talk at the National Science Week in the city today, and said the futuristic concept was actually embedded in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

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NASA successfully tests engines for Mars mission

nasa engine

If we want to send people to Mars, we’re going to need some bigger engines – and that’s exactly what NASA’s building right now. In fact, we’re going to need the most complex engine ever built by mankind.

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Space-grown veggies are delicious, astronauts say

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui (left), with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren (centre) and Scott Kelly (right) as they eat red romaine lettuce grown on board the International Space Station. PHOTO: AFP

As we were telling you yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station were preparing for the first meal that involved space-grown veggies. It’s a remarkable moment, which might pave the way for future space exploration… and it’s delicious!

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The sounds of Earth – listen to the Golden Records we sent in space on the 1977 Voyager mission

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The Golden Records were the recordings NASA sent into space to represent our planet’s life and culture, ranging from the sound of rain to samples of Beethoven and Mozart, Chucky Berry and Blind Willie Johnson.

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A hundred people shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars

Maggie, one of the 100 selected participants. Image via BBC.

Selected from more than 200,000 applicants, 50 men and 50 women have become the final contenders for the one-way trip to Mars. A Dutch not-for-profit company is planning to send groups of four people on a one-way trip to the red planet in about a decade to start a permanent human settlement – now, we can take a better look at those people.

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft set for historic rendez-vous with Pluto

Artistic representation of New Horizons nearing Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has officially begun its six month approach to the planet Pluto. This is the first time a human shuttle will flyby the icy dwarf planet.

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China Reaches Moon Orbit, Wants to Mine Very Rare, Energy Dense Element


China’s has reached a new milestone in its space program – its latest spacecraft service module has entered orbit around the moon, after being successfully tested on Earth a few months ago. Chinese media reports that the service module of a test lunar orbiter has successfully began orbiting the Moon. The goal of this mission is to land on the Moon, retrieve

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42 years ago today, Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon. Human beings haven’t travelled beyond low Earth orbit ever since

The Apollo 17 Roving vehicle. Image via Wiki Commons.

It’s a glorious reminder, but a sad day as well. It’s been 42 years since humans have been on the moon… or anywhere else beyond low orbit for that matter. Apollo 17 was the final mission of the United States’ Apollo lunar landing program, and was the sixth and last landing of humans on the Moon. It left the Moon

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Japanese mission plans to blow asteroid and return chunks of it to Earth [UPDATE]

A rendering of Hayabusa-2 approaching an asteroid.	Image via JAXA.

UPDATE:  The Hayabusa 2 probe was successfully launched late Tuesday night from the Tanegashima Space Cente While just two weeks ago we were telling you about the European Rosetta mission which orbited a comet and ultimately sent a lander to the surface of the comet, now, the Japanese space agency, JAXA, is preparing to one-up Rosetta: they plan not only to land