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Week 2 understanding your limits

A Brief Look at how Analog Space Suits Help to Develop Future of Planetary Extra Vehicular Activities

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) study currently being conducted on the slopes of Mauna Loa focuses on human factors and group cohesion. Both of these focuses are vitally important for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) and for future planetary exploration; providing constraints that could make or break a mission. The Apollo missions broadened humanities…

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Added by Tiffany Swarmer on April 13, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

AAAS-CASE and some thoughts on science funding

Last Thursday I had a great conversation with some BMSIS researchers during the monthly Beer with BMSIS about science funding and academic salaries.  I posted a quick blog article on the subject and decided to try cross posting here.  My apologies if its a bit off topic, but I hope people find it interesting.  I couldn't get the figs to formal right, if you want to see them the original post can be found…

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Added by Jeff Bowman on April 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Week 1 at the HI-SEAS Habitat!

The first official week of the 4 month HI-SEAS mission occurred Saturday April 5th and was celebrated with a much needed day of half rest. Week one was filled with setting up our new home and adjusting our mind sets from instantly having knowledge only an internet search away to informational access being a full 20 minute delay one way. After the initial period of adjustment the crew busily began settling in and connected internal network servers, repaired Extra Vehicular Activity…

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Added by Tiffany Swarmer on April 6, 2014 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

The Arrival and Meet of the HI-SEAS 2 Crew

The official first day of training began this morning and for the first time all six crew members were meeting face to face. After months of talking through Skype, instant messaging and on the phone we were all together and ready to tackle the first day of training. The morning began with a brief physical fitness session and some breakfast followed by a 9:00 AM briefing about the main focus of the 120 day Mars simulation study.

This study is funded by NASA and is a 1.2 million dollar…

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Added by Tiffany Swarmer on March 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulations (HI-SEAS) Mission 2

Hello, my name is Tiffany Swarmer and I am one of six crew members preparing to enter a 120 day simulation in an analog habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. This mission is intended to study the various human factors that contribute to crew/astronaut function during an isolated mission to Mars. Along with studying human factors many technologies such as Google glass, 3-D printing, Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) equipment, exercise clothing, and many more technologies will be…

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Added by Tiffany Swarmer on March 19, 2014 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

Under The Sirian Sun

http://papani786.blogspot.sg/2014/01/under-sirian-sun_2.html

I await your comments my friends. Thanks.

P M Khan.

Added by Perwaiz M Khan on January 4, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Photons plus Atmosphere equals Awesomeness

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. My muse sort of went into hibernation for a bit after my general exam. Actually, I suppose this particular blog would be a collaboration between muses, if we're going with the classical categorizations: Euterpe (lyric poetry), Urania (astronomy), and sometimes Thalia (comedy.)

Anyway, here's a sonnet inspired by the Radiative Transfer (that is, the interaction of sunlight and infrared radiation with the atmosphere) course I'm taking this…

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Added by Regina Carns on November 21, 2013 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Will We Understand Everything There Is To Know?

I had a discussion earlier on a thread on Facebook concerning the future of humanity. Some people asserted that we will eventually understand every mystery of the universe – but will we truly?

Right now the human race is growing rapidly, both in population and in technology; both are equally scary. Will we grow to the point where sustainability is not feasible? Will we not be able to feed ourselves? The opposite end holds technology; will we be able to combat the rising problems of…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 6, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

Notes from a Defense

I wrote this while my friend and colleague Marcela Ewert presented her work at her Ph.D. defense. She's been doing a lot of really cool work about how Arctic microbes make their living despite the temperature and salinity extremes found in the sea ice and in the snow that rests on it. Here's a link to some of the work included in her dissertation.

Jargon note: exopolysaccharides, also known as…

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Added by Regina Carns on July 27, 2013 at 7:32pm — 3 Comments

Yellowstone field sampling IV

Fourth day of sampling at Yellowstone National Park

"Grizzly Encounter!"


-July 2013-



Thursday yielded another fun set of adventures in Yellowstone! Kirsten and I joined up with Arizona State University students to go sample a remote site, Obsidian Pool, near Mud Volcano (a popular spot for Yellowstone visitors). …

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 25, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

Yellowstone National Park field sampling III

Third day of sampling at Yellowstone National Park 

- July 2013 -

Wednesday brought new experiences with hot springs. Eric took us to Sentinel Meadows, an area of the Lower Geyser Basin with several spectacular springs, including Flat Cone, Steep Cone, Mound Cone, and Queen’s Laundry springs. Steep cone is an approximately 15 feet tall cone formed by sinter deposited over…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 18, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Yellowstone National Park field sampling II

Second Day of Sampling at Yellowstone National Park

- July 2013 -

Crater Hills Geyser was just the beginning.. The next day, we met Eric at Madison junction, and decided to go to Rabbit Creek to sample. The springs sit on top of rhyolite, a type of…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 16, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Yellowstone National Park field sampling I

Yellowstone Nation Park sampling expedition for Astrobiology

- July 2013 -

Yellowstone National Park is an outstanding place to do Astrobiology research. Created by 3 major eruptions 2 million, 1.3 million, and 600 thousand years ago (we’re overdue for the next one!), and punctuated by smaller eruptions since, Yellowstone is a…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Drake Made A Little List

Here's a little something about the Drake Equation, based on the song "I've Got a Little List" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" (here's a rather good modern take on it by Opera Australia.)

To answer those who ask why there's no aliens around

I've got a little list

I've got a little list

Of factors that when multiplied say whether they're not…

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Added by Regina Carns on July 13, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Sing a Song of Spaceflight

I've been working on lyrics to a Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche about the Drake Equation, but it's going a bit slowly. In the meantime, here is my version of "Wild Rover", which I sang at our local Chantey Sing a while back (the Chantey Sing is a get-together where people take turns leading the group in singing old sailors' work songs and other nautical music.) As I explained to the folks there, these days the exploration of unknown…

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Added by Regina Carns on July 5, 2013 at 1:41am — 3 Comments

Tiny Submarine

As you may know, the oceans of Europa are sequestered underneath a layer of ice which is probably ten or twenty kilometers thick. This makes them a little tricky to access, especially given the limited resources available to a logistically-feasible lander. So I was intrigued by this article about a highly miniaturized submersible vehicle that wouldn't require much energy to transport…

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Added by Regina Carns on June 20, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Scatter, Adapt and Remember

Last month I went to see a talk by Annalee Newitz of io9.com about her new book, Scatter, Adapt and Remember. In the talk, she went over some of Earth's previous mass extinctions and their notable survivors, and discussed how humanity might manage to make it through the next one, whatever its cause might be.



It was an excellent talk and it inspired me to write the…

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Added by Regina Carns on June 9, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

A S.A.G.A.N. Double Dactyl

Higgledy piggledy
Sanjoy is following
Footsteps our old mentor
Carl had tread

Building a website where
Astrobiologists
Socially network
And help science spread

Added by Regina Carns on June 4, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Feeding astronauts in outer space and other worlds

I wrote the following on The Universe Today on their article on "NASA Looks at 3-D Food Printer for Star Trek-like Replicator''



Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/102328/nasa-looks-at-3-d-food-printer-for-star-trek-like-replicator/#ixzz2UiwisVAw

I think this is all a waste of money and very strange that normally…

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Added by Andrew Planet on May 29, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Educational and outer space related websites

Work in progress

http://www.corestandards.org/…

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Added by Andrew Planet on April 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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