Carnival of Space 302

The Carnival of Space 302 is up at Cheap Astronomy

Dr. Paul Spudis has written Earth-Moon: A Watery “Double-Planet” on his Once and Future Moon weblog.

Nextbigfuture – Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. Chris made many videos that explained what is like to live and do simple things in space. He also performed the David Bowie song “Space Oddity”. Here is a collection of some of those videos.

Nextbigfuture – Researchers have found that the beam of a scanning electron microscope can turn a thin coating that occurs naturally on the larvae of some insects into a sort of miniature spacesuit that can keep the animals alive in a vacuum for up to an hour. hope to send small animals wearing nano-suits to space, and he says that they have already had some success in nano-suiting small fish.

Astrobiologist Lynn Rothschild of Nasa’s Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California, told Science that the nano-suits could allow creatures, or even people, to survive the extreme environments of space.

The researchers believe that this technique could eventually be used to allow astronauts to do away with their traditional spacesuits.

This would be especially promising when combined with injectable oxygen which could enable people to last 15 minutes or more without breathing.

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