Tag Archives: Life in Space

Space settlement vision updated after 50 years

Fifty years ago, a Princeton physicist named Gerard O’Neill asked his students to help him come up with a plan for setting up settlements in space. Just a few years later, O’Neill published the resulting vision for freestanding space colonies as … Continue reading

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AI (and a few jokes) will keep crews sane on Mars

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the first human explorers head for Mars, they’re likely to have a non-human judging their performance and tweaking their interpersonal relationships when necessary. NASA and outside researchers are already working on artificial intelligence agents to monitor … Continue reading

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NASA follows up on twin-astronaut tests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost three years after NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from spending nearly a year in orbit, researchers are still poring over the data collected during an unprecedented study comparing his health with that of his earthbound twin brother. … Continue reading

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Winemaker builds a Champagne bottle for zero-G

Will future spacefliers be able to drink a bit of celebratory bubbly in zero gravity? Leave it to a French winemaker to find out, using some out-of-the-box engineering. Past studies have shown that carbonated beverages, ranging from soda pop to … Continue reading

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Unscrambling the tale of an astronaut’s genes

My Twitter feed was buzzing this week with reports that Scott Kelly’s genes were knocked permanently out of phase because he spent a year in space. Some of the reports made it sound as if Scott Kelly was no longer the … Continue reading

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No potty breaks on Blue Origin space trip

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Are you worried about having to pee while you’re flying on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship? Or getting sick? Billionaire founder Jeff Bezos has a word of advice: Fuhgeddaboudit. During this week’s visit to the 33rd Space … Continue reading

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French astronaut enjoys sax in space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield had his guitar, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman had her flute: Now French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has his sax in space. The saxophone was included in the SpaceX Dragon cargo shipment that arrived at the International Space … Continue reading

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