Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 15, 1980. Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron train during a space shuttle rescue exercise with a mockup version of the Space Shuttle Columbia. In 2003, the real Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. (Defense Imagery)
April 7, 1983: Astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first spacewalk of the space shuttle era. Tethered to the Challenger by safety slide wires, they were able to move along the cargo bay without floating off into space. The extra-vehicular activity (EVA) lasted 4 hours, 17 minutes.
Part of SpaceX-3’s resupply mission to the ISS will help the expansion of in-orbit food production.
“Veggie will provide a new resource for U.S. astronauts and researchers as we begin to develop the capabilities of growing fresh produce and other large plants on the space station,” said Gioia Massa, NASA payload scientist for Veggie.
The system is a low-cost chamber powered by LED lights. While being easy to transport and store, it may have implications for improving growth and biomass production on Earth in limited-resource areas.
This experiment exhibits yet another example of how NASA’s work benefits average citizens. Furthermore, the project illustrates how NASA achieves success by working with the private sector. NASA is in collaboration with Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) in Madison, Wisconsin where the firm developed Veggie through a Small Business Innovative Research Program.
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Nasa has collected more than 200,000 votes from members of the public who are on a mission to help the space agency select the spacesuit of the future.
Voting ends at midnight ET on Tuesday for the newest iteration of Nasa’s spacesuit. The competition pits three suits – “Biomimicry”, “Technology” and “Trends in Society” – against each other before the winner can be tested in Nasa’s facilities. Full story