Tag Results for space mission (5)

  1. Arthur C. Clarke, the Space Elevator, and Nanotechnology

    With the recent passing of the acclaimed science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke (the last interview before his death can be found here), I thought I would take a look at what was happening in the field of the Space Elevator, which Clarke helped inspire. About five years ago, the space elevator was one of those applications for nanotechnology that people trotted out with a wink to say, â''It could even make this possible.â'' In one of the more recent reviews of what is happening with the Space Elevatorâ''s development, Nanowerk ran a piece back …

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  2. How would it be like to live on Mars? Two MIT students find out - in Utah

    Two MIT students are living inside a Mars simulator in Utah, pretending they are on Mars. To go outside their simulator where they are spending a two-week-long "mission," they get into spacesuits and exit via an airlock. They introduce a 20-minute delay into any email they send and receive, as if the email were actually traveling as radio waves from Mars. Zahra Khan and Phillip Cunio, two graduate students from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, began their stay at the Mars Society's Desert Research Station, near Hanksville, Utah, on Sunday, Feb. 17. Their goal: to understand the technological and psychological issues …

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