Specifically, the contest calls for designs that work in lunar gravity, which is about one-sixth Earth's gravity and microgravity. Designs should also take up no more than 4.2 cubic feet (0.12 cubic meters) of space and shouldn't be louder than 60 decibels (that's about the same volume as a bathroom fan on Earth, according to the same statement). … [Read more...] about How will astronauts poop on the moon? New NASA challenge calls for innovative ideas.
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Space Force is definitely funnier than Upload, but still feels like the comedy isn't funny enough, the drama isn't dramatic enough and the satire isn't sharply satirical enough. Each episode has its own sitcom-style set piece acting as a launchpad: Carell loses his marbles in a mock-up lunar habitat; he and Malkovich ferret out a spy; and a simulated space war game pits Space Force against the Air Force. In between, scientists clash with soldiers, a Russian observer works to get his hands on both the general's technology and his daughter, and the Chinese are one step ahead of every giant leap. … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix comedy lands on the snark side of the moon
Alongside him, supporting characters played by Jimmy O Yang and Ben Schwartz are just ... there. One's a publicist and one's a scientist, and that's kind of it. Neither is able to sink their teeth into the inspired lunacy which made their Silicon Valley and Parks and Rec characters so memorable. We spend a lot of time with Tawny Newsome's Space Force officer before she reveals her ambition to be an astronaut so late in the season it's like they thought of it at the end of the writing process and never went back to add it to her character. … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix lands on the funny(ish) side of the moon
Orion (3-4 years) NASA's large deep space capsule has been under development since 2006 and made an uncrewed test flight in 2014 to demonstrate its ability to return at high velocity. Since then development has continued, but the capsule has largely been waiting for Boeing to complete the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket. When that rocket is ready, it is due to launch another uncrewed Orion on the Artemis I mission in late 2021 or 2022. … [Read more...] about After Dragon’s historic docking, America has more new spaceships on the way
Seats for sale Tasked by the White House to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA has sought to free up resources by turning over its activities in low-Earth orbit to commercial partners. To that end, in June 2019, the space agency announced it was making the space station available for commercial opportunities and “marketing these opportunities like we have never done before.” … [Read more...] about Everything we know—and don’t—about Tom Cruise’s plans to film a movie in space