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Technology is biology

Notes written on the Google hangout video NASA & SpaceX Hangout viewable on 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogJee-ys5Bw&feature=player_embedded…

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Added by Andrew Planet on February 8, 2013 at 11:45am — No Comments

Mutual Inspiration

  I've been thinking a lot lately on how science and science fiction continually inspire each other. Science comes out with a new discovery that revolutionizes the way we view things, science fiction takes that idea and runs with it. The converse is true, too! Doubly so!

Some examples:

The Submarine - American inventor Simon Lake had been captivated by the idea of undersea travel and exploration ever since he read Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on January 23, 2013 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

From Apollo to Fox

The Apollo missions were the result of a political response to the Cold War with Soviet Russia, this everyone knows. But if not for this reason would we have gone at all? Would we have gone by now? This question is certainly unknown and quite possibly unknowable altogether. It's frustrating that such endeavors were the result of super-powers flexing their political muscles instead of genuine curiosity about the universe, but nonetheless, it got us to space and has spurred many missions…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on December 17, 2012 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment

Safety First! Getting ready to work on the "Harsh Continent"

Sorry that these posts are lagging a bit behind my activity, it's been pretty crazy around here.  

In my first post, I told you a little bit about arriving and the science that's being done here in Antarctica and the excitement of arriving and getting swept up in the mix.  Now I figured I'd introduce you to a little taste of life out here in the wild white yonder.

To say that "Safety First" is a mantra around here would be a serious understatement.  And that's…

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Added by Britney Schmidt on December 14, 2012 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

'Passionately Curious'

So, I decided that I should create an introduction to who I am and why I came here. I'm Sam, evidently, fifteen years old, and Carl Sagan is a major influence in my life. I'm currently reading Cosmos, and have seen a few episodes of the television series, and I can't put the book down. My favorite fields of Science include astrobiology, astronomy, psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and biology. I always feel obligated to…

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Added by Samantha (Sam) Stephens on December 10, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments

How Did I Get Here?

I can remember being drawn to natural science and science in general at an early age. Sure, I was like most kids and watched Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Today’s Special and many other children’s programming. I think my first *real* exposure to science was from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, where he would visit other people and their jobs. He taught from the get-go that learning was a good thing and to never be afraid to ask questions. I was always asking questions about how things worked I would…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

ISS at Night

http://player.vimeo.com/video/45878034

This is a fantastic video! Stunning beauty that only a select few will ever get to see, at least at this moment in time. Hurtling around the Earth at 17,500mph (nearly 5 miles per second), gazing down upon the Auroras and looking out into the Milky Way Galaxy.

Humans are barraged with centrisms their entire life, but when one understands the true scale of things, all of those centrisms…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Team NASA

Many Americans have a favorite sports team; teams for whom they cheer when they take on rivals. When a group of people congregate to root on their favorite football team, say in a local pub, the energy involved and the sense of camaraderie experienced can be spine-chilling. Even if the sports team loses, the sense of connection remains and is still indescribable; through ups and downs all leading up to the point to where your team has either succeed or they have not.

This is how I see…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments

What's Wrong with this Picture?

The distribution of funds through the US government needs a change, and fast. NASA currently runs on just half-a-penny on the dollar from the tax payers. Look at what we can accomplish with that pitiful amount and think about what WILL be possible if that amount was raised to just a penny. The only limiting factor with what’s possible is the amount of money funneled into NASA; it has been said that for every dollar you invest into space exploration you get back ten. Sounds like a worth-while…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Gaining Perspective

When we grow up we’re typically told the facts about the world around us without ever really getting involved with discovering for ourselves. I remember looking through a book on planets and space complete with illustrations and pictures of various celestial objects when I was young and being fascinated. But again, everything was learned facts and some were expected to be regurgitated on tests later on. While this is just the style of accepted education, it is far less superior to actual…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Welcome to McMurdo!!

Greetings fellow astrobiology enthusiasts!

My name is Britney Schmidt.  I'm a 30-year-old planetary scientist/geophysicist/astrobiologist, whatever you want to call me by, but basically, I'm obsessed with ice.  That might sound strange, but it's a fascinating substance, and it's the most abundant form of water in the universe, so for those of us who are inspired by the search for life in the solar system…

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Added by Britney Schmidt on November 26, 2012 at 9:27pm — 3 Comments

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