Expedition 55 Expedition 55 to the International Space Station began on Feb. 27, 2018 when three Expedition 53/54 crewmembers returned to Earth after spending 168 days in space. It will end in June 2018 with the departure of the Expedition 54/55 crew. Click through this gallery to see photos of the astronauts and cosmonauts of Expedition 55. The Crew The members of Expedition 55 pose for a photo at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. In the front row (from left to right) are Expedition 54/55 crewmembers Scott Tingle of NASA, Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. (They launched to the ISS on Dec. 17, 2017 during Expedition 54). In the back row is the Expedition 55/56 crew: NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Andrew Feustel and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. They are scheduled to launch to the ISS on March 21, 2018. Change of Command Expedition 54 Cmdr. Alexander Misurkin (far left) handed over command of the … [Read more...] about Space Station Photos: Expedition 55 Crew in Orbit
Coworking space provider Industrious has raised $80 million in a series C round of funding led by Riverwood Capital and Fifth Wall Ventures, with participation from Alrai, Outlook, Rabina Properties, Schechter Private Capital, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. Founded out of Brooklyn in 2013, Industrious pitches itself as a “premium workplace platform” that provides companies with coworking office space, services, management, hospitality, and more. The company claims more than 30 locations across 25 cities in the U.S., with clients including Lyft, Pinterest, GM, and Pandora. Industrious had previously raised $62 million in funding, and with another $80 million in the bank the company plans to grow its locations across the U.S. and support its “data-driven innovation in structural workspace design,” according to a statement “The workforce is rapidly evolving, as are its demands for flexibility, mobility and scalability; at the same time, … [Read more...] about Industrious raises $80 million to grow its premium coworking spaces across the U.S.
Weather is complicated and ever-changing, and in order to predict what it will look like our scientists are going to need the best tools. Especially in recent years, when climate change has triggered all kinds of strange and severe weather events, which makes those climate prediction harder and the tools more essential. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One of the most crucial tools for meteorologists is data from weather satellites, and this week a next-generation satellite will be launching to provide high-definition data on weather patterns for a significant chunk of the globe. NOAA's GOES-S weather satellite has been attached to an Atlas V rocket and is ready for launch on March 1. NOAA is putting the satellite into space in order to update its network of weather satellites, most of which were launched years ago. GOES-S, along with the other satellites in the GOES constellation, will provide a much clearer and more accurate picture of the weather.In particular, GOES-S … [Read more...] about NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite Is Headed to Space This Week
The crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) will soon welcome a new member — one that is 3D-printed from metal and plastic and is described by its creators as "a kind of flying brain." It goes by the name CIMON, short for "Crew Interactive Mobile Companion." Built by the aerospace design company Airbus in collaboration with IBM, CIMON houses artificial intelligence (AI) in an autonomous, spherical body that would "float" in the space station's microgravity environment, with a screen that can display data readouts for astronauts — or present an image of a friendly face — as well as a voice shaped by IBM's AI technology. The robot is tasked with supporting the ISS astronauts as a type of assistant, and free-flying CIMON would be the first AI-based mission on the ISS, Airbus representatives said in a statement. [From Reactive Robots to Sentient Machines: The 4 Types of AI] As an "intelligent" machine, CIMON could help the ISS crew to solve problems during … [Read more...] about A Floating ‘Brain’ Will Assist Astronauts Aboard the Space Station
NASA's Aqua satellite was orbiting over Portugal back in January when it snapped the above photo. It shows a thin film of clouds above the brilliant blue of the North Atlantic, slashed with white lines of thicker clouds that look like scars or etchings. Those thicker clouds, NASA officials explained in a description of the image, are signs of ship traffic below. When ships power their way through the ocean, they pump exhaust into the atmosphere, just as cars do. And those massive plumes of particles can "seed" clouds, causing new cloud droplets to form. That's because pollution particles, especially sulfates, are water-soluble, so water droplets cling to them, NASA officials said. Get enough of those particles in one place, as from the plume of a ship, and they can seed the creation of a whole new cloud easily visible from space. [Holey Clouds: Gallery of Formations Cut by Airplanes] "Some of the criss-crossing clouds stretch hundreds of kilometers from end to end," NASA officials … [Read more...] about Pollution from Ships Creates Massive Clouds Visible from Space