Oct 25, 18 / Oph 18, 02 16:23 UTC
General News: Oct 25 ¶
Bigelow Aerospace’s factory houses a mock-up of a massive home for future astronauts. The difference with this design? It could be packed into a rocket and unfurled in space. The future space house is designed to hold a dozen people comfortably, functioning as a large space station or as a building block for a moon base.
Robert T. Bigelow, the company’s namesake founder, explained at a news conference in February that the massive new space house is called Olympus, named after the mythological home of the Greek gods and a measure of Mr. Bigelow’s ambitions for constructing habitats in space.
As Asgardia aims to build habitable platforms in low-Earth orbit this type of technology is very important to be aware of.
Bigelow’s factory also holds a developmental version of the spine of a more modest B330 module, which the company actually intends to build. When compared to Olympus, it is small but it would still be much less cramped than the current International Space Station.
Moreover, Jupiter's moon Europa could be home to geysers but if so the natural engines that fuel them are unable to be detected.
Scientists have re-evaluated data from NASA's Galileo mission in even more precise detail looking for regions on Europa that are warm enough to be connected to plumes of water vapour.
If hotspots exist on Europa, which contains a huge ocean of liquid water beneath its icy surface, they will most likely stay hidden until NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft arrives at Jupiter in the late 2020s or early 2030s, according to the researchers.
Finally, the internet is now focused on a floating, deeply angular iceberg off the Antarctic coast.
This is not that rare for scientists in Antarctica who regularly spot these steep-walled "tabular" icebergs, many of which are almost perfectly square or rectangular. However, they certainly look like strange, unnatural forms in such a harsh and wild earthly environment.
When seen from space, this particular iceberg has a rich diversity of sharp-edged friends — and even though it initially seemed perfectly rectangular, it's not.
Although it's very normal for these kinds of icebergs to calve into the sea. Changes in Antarctica are moving at an accelerated pace.
In fact, many ice shelves, especially in West Antarctica, are losing ice faster than they can be replenished.
This is a major concern to climate scientists since collapsing ice shelves, which fall apart when enough warm water and air weaken the structures, have the real possibility of unleashing Antarctica's great ice sheets into the sea, making sea levels rise in yards, not feet.
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