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Donna Ramirez, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston UTMB research shows average people healthy enough for commercial space travel Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their...

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2014-09-19 23:01:21

Waypoint 2 Space, a leading provider of spaceflight training for the commercial space industry, announced yesterday that it has launched a crowd funding effort to raise $83K on Kickstarter for its Modular EVA Training System (METS). This effort compliments Waypoint 2 Space’s commitment to provide the safest and most comprehensive space training available, using the most state-of-the-art equipment in the world. HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 “The primary issue of training for...

MIT BioSuit
2014-09-19 07:43:43

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A next-gen, skintight spacesuit that would improve astronaut mobility, provide support and reduce mass in comparison to current gas-pressurized models is in the works at MIT, officials the Cambridge-based research university revealed on Thursday. Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, and her colleagues have engineered active compression garments which include small, spring-like coils...

NEEMO 18
2014-09-17 03:00:23

European Space Agency ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is looking forward to flying to the International Space Station next year but until yesterday he was underwater trying out a handy new device he will use in space. NASA’s underwater training missions are held off the coast of Florida and send astronauts 20 m below the sea to live in a makeshift space base where they conduct regular ‘waterwalks’ in scuba gear. As well as training astronauts, the Aquarius habitat is well suited...

Five Cavenauts Descend Into Darkness For CAVES 2014
2014-09-15 03:26:16

ESA ESA’s five ‘cavenauts’ and their instructors are set to explore the caves of Sardinia, Italy, where they will live and work during their six-day stay. After a week of training above ground and in caves, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov have begun their descent into the darkness to set up basecamp. They are joined by an experienced capcom from ESA’s astronaut center, Matthias...

2014-08-12 16:21:35

HOUSTON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ZetrOZ, Inc. has been funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) for a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain. ZetrOZ, Inc., of Trumbull, CT will receive a Space Medical and Related Technologies Commercialization Program (SMARTCAP) grant. SMARTCAP grants, administered by NSBRI's Industry Forum, are used to partner with the private sector...

2014 cavenauts
2014-08-12 06:39:45

European Space Agency Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission. New and experienced astronauts from different space agencies are invited on underground ventures to improve their exploration skills and learn from each other in a multicultural team. This year will see an underground reunion for ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. They spent three months together on the...

Rover communications control room
2014-08-11 05:07:29

European Space Agency Looking down from orbit, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst steered ESA’s Eurobot rover through a series of intricate maneuvers on the ground on August 7, demonstrating a new space network that could connect astronauts to vehicles on alien worlds. During an intense 90-minute live link on August 7, Alex used a dedicated controller laptop on the International Space Station to operate Eurobot, relying on video and data feedback to feed commands from 400 km up, orbiting...

astronaut sleep deprivation
2014-08-09 04:53:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronauts tend to suffer from a significant amount of sleep deficiency in the weeks leading up to liftoff and throughout the duration of their missions, the authors of a 10-year research project being hailed as the largest-ever analysis of sleep habits before and during space flight report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet Neurology. As part of the study, experts from the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Division of Sleep and...

2014-07-31 20:20:24

HOUSTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting for ground-based and analog definition research proposals to develop safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that will reduce the significant biomedical risks associated with human space travel. These discoveries will not only enable safe and productive human spaceflight, but will also have the potential to improve life on Earth. The Human Exploration Research...

mike Massimino
2014-07-29 16:21:00

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Massimino's experience at NASA includes two shuttle missions to service the agency's Hubble Space Telescope. During the final servicing mission, STS-125 in 2009, Massimino became the first...


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Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

Dick Scobee
2012-10-29 14:14:10

Dick Scobee was an American astronaut. He was born Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee on May 19, 1939 in Cle Elum, Washington. He was raised in Auburn, Washington and attended Washington Elementary, Cascade Middle School, and Auburn Senior High School, where he earned his high school diploma in 1957. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and initially served as an engine mechanic at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas. During his time off, he studied at San Antonio College, and...

Sunita Williams
2012-10-29 09:16:39

Sunita Williams is an American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. She was born Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio to parents of Indian and Slovenian decent. She graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts in 1983, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. She was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in...

Terry W. Virts, Jr.
2012-10-27 14:11:12

Terry W. Virts, Jr. is a Colonel in the United States Air Force and an active American astronaut. Virts was born on December 1, 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Massachusetts and graduated 1985. He enrolled in the United States Air Force Academy, where he graduated with honors in 1989, receiving his Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He then attended the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he once again graduated with honors in 1997,...

Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'