Category Archive: Crew Survivability

Jan 18 2016

More spacesuit issues

NASA Investigating Another Water Intrusion into Spacesuit During EVA. A little bit behind the curve here, since it happened during the spacewalk on Friday, but whattayagonnado? Cassidy said the size of the bubble (a half-inch wide and 2-3 inches long) and the fact that the HAP was “squishy” were troubling, but “for me the big …

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Jan 13 2016

Wait…an Airstream can do what?

Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme Environments. I wonder if NASA thinks, “That’s a real beauty…”

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Dec 21 2015

Unscheduled spacewalk is a success

The entire event lasted 3 hours and 16 minutes.

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Dec 15 2015

New Spacesuit designs

———- Yeah, I’ve been absent the past few days. I was a bit under the weather this weekend, and I’ve been preparing for a big job interview that runs most of today. Plus, I’ve taken a bit of an operational pause to start working on new things for next year. Regular blogging will start again …

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Dec 01 2015

Flowers…in…space!

Flowers in Space! Zinnias Set to Bloom on International Space Station. They were planted in the same Veggie plant system that grew lettuce earlier this year. Zinnias take twice as long to grow as lettuce, and are set to bloom in the middle of January 2016 (whoa — it’s December now, so that’s next month. …

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Nov 19 2015

ISS suffers power loss

ISS Power System Status – Suspected SSU Failure responsible for partial Power Loss. It was reported yesterday, but happened on Friday. The load shedding wasn’t seamless, as parts of the ISS actually lost power temporarily. There will be a space walk in the near future to replace the SSU for the 1B circuit. Further analysis …

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Nov 04 2015

XCOR’s Lynx first test flight likely to be in 2016

XCOR’s Lynx Reusable Launch Vehicle Approaches Completion. This time last year, XCOR thought that they’d conduct Lynx’s first test flight before the end of this year, but it looks like they’re not close at all to reaching that milestone: And here’s the final bit of evidence that their schedule has slipped to the right: A …

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Nov 02 2015

I was wondering this as I was watching “The Martian”, too

Farming on Mars? The Martian raises questions about soil. Spoiler Alert! The movie is still showing in theaters, so SPOILER ALERT!! Astronaut Mark Watney grows a small garden of potatoes to help feed him after he’s become a castaway. He moves Martian dirt inside his habitat, burns rocket fuel to produce water to wet the …

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Oct 28 2015

Scott Kelly breaks longest-duration mission record for American astronauts

America’s No. 1 in Orbit: Scott Kelly to Eclipse US Single-Flight Duration Record Tomorrow, and by “tomorrow”, they really mean 9:04pm Pacific time tonight. He’ll also spend 6 hours today on a spacewalk preparing the ISS for commercial capsules. It’ll be his first spacewalk — a nice way to celebrate his new record! SAL-UTE!! He’s …

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Oct 21 2015

Green Acres is the place to be…on Mars

You too can learn to farm on Mars: Case study on growing food in space. Allen and Joyner have students identify potential challenges producing crops indefinitely and develop criteria for selecting crops. Students then use a scoring system to select three optimal foods. In some 30 trial runs with students and teachers, “no people have …

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Oct 19 2015

SkinSuit might help Astronauts with weightless medical problems

Astronaut trials innovative SkinSuit in space. Specifically, it puts a compressive force on the spin to prevent it from expanding in weightlessness (up to 2 inches in some cases). Not only does this cause pain for Astronauts while in orbit, the elongation of the spine and muscular atrophy means that Astronauts are much more susceptible …

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Oct 15 2015

Congrats to Scott Kelly

Record Breaker: Scott Kelly Becomes Most Experienced US Astronaut. At 0302 Pacific time this morning, Scott Kelly officially became the US astronaut with the most space time. Today is day 200 of his year-long mission aboard the ISS to test the long-term effects of space travel. He now has a total of 382 days in …

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Oct 12 2015

Ooooooooooo….Cheese!

They’re Loving It: Cheeseburgers Will Be Added to ISS Menu. I crave a cheeseburger about five times a day. I can’t imagine going six months without one. And it’s always a good day when I can add a Wallace and Gromit reference:

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Sep 28 2015

NASA reports that there is flowing water on Mars

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars. To me, this is news, but not “BIG NEWS”. There is plenty of evidence that water exists on Mars, and since there are parts of Mars that reach temperatures above the freezing point, I’m not surprised. Likely, this also means that there’s microscopic life on …

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Sep 22 2015

Corn doesn’t do well in space

From SpaceWeather.com: SPACE CORN FAILS TO APPETIZE: Regular readers of Spaceweather.com know that we have been flying simple life forms to the edge of space onboard helium balloons to test their response to space weather. Some fare better than others. Yeast, for instance, is incredibly tough. The microbes easily survive temperatures as low as -60 …

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Sep 17 2015

3D printed house on Mars

3D-Printed Bubble House Made for Mars. It drills into the ground to mine iron from the soil to build the dome, leaving at least half of the structure underground.

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Sep 17 2015

Orion passes KDP-C milestone

Orion passes KDP-C with cautious 2023 crew debut. It still remains on track for being human-certified by 2021, but now (due to unknown future budgets) NASA is saying that Orion will be ready no later than April 2023. It now heads into its Critical Design Review. Related Articles: NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft …

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Sep 09 2015

“Bubbling of saliva on the tongue” is never a good sign

What happens when a body is suddenly exposed to a hard vacuum:

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Sep 01 2015

Mmmmm…Pizza using Space Yeast

So…uh…yeah. And barf. Here’s Earth to Sky Calculus’ web site.

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Aug 27 2015

Sigh…this could have been me

Orion parachute test evaluates failed chute scenarios. I applied for a press pass, since the Yuma Proving Grounds are only a few hours away, but never heard from NASA. I would have loved reporting this event first-hand, and even considered crashing the event or getting as close to it as I could and maybe observe …

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