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THE RED PLANET
Dartagnan
#16 Posted : Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:45:23 PM(UTC)
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American & Russian Prepare for Yearlong Space Mission


Mikhail Kornienko


WASHINGTON, December 5 (RIA Novosti) American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko acknowledged during a joint news conference Wednesday that their upcoming yearlong mission aboard theInternational Space Station (ISS) will be challenging, but will help advance scientific knowledge for possible future trips to asteroids and planets in our solar system.


“It’s an honor to be chosen for this flight. We’ll hopefully set the stage for sending humans beyond low Earth orbit someday, and one day to Mars,” said Kelly about the mission, which will help NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) understand how the human body adapts to long space missions.


The spaceflight veterans, who have both made previous trips to the ISS and spent about 180 days total in space during their careers, are expected to launch to the station in the spring of 2015.


Kornienko, speaking from the Mission Control Center in Moscow, said he is excited about working with Kelly who he knows as “a highly trained professional and very good man and person, and I am happy to have him as a companion for a year.”


“I am a professional and it is my job and I am eager to do this,” Kornienko said. “Of course I understand it won’t be easy. It will be hard.”


The Russian space program has sent four cosmonauts into space to live for one year at the old Mir Station, the last trip was in 1999, but this upcoming trip will mark the longest mission in space for an American astronaut.


This mission will allow scientists to study the affect long term travel has physically and psychologically on the human body, such as intracranial pressure and vision impacts, bone loss, immune function over the 12-month period, as well as behavior, performance and crew interactions.


These studies will help scientists plan better and help minimize those issues for future space travel to destinations such as Mars.


Kelly, speaking from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, said his family has been very supportive about his decision to spend one year in space and he said his nine-year-old daughter “screamed out ‘awesome!’” when she heard the news.


Kornienko said his wife started crying when he told her of his upcoming yearlong trip, but he said that “it was my initiative” to go.


Both men know that spending an entire year in space in an isolated environment is not going to be easy, but Kelly said that he is, “up for that challenge” that can at times be routine since you wake up and go to bed in the same place and are “in your office for an entire year and not able to leave.”


“The greatest concern is missing people, your loved ones, your family, your friends on a personal level that you are attached to on the ground,” he said.


Kornienko said he is going to try and spend as much time with his friends and family before leaving for the yearlong trip, but indicated training will be intensive and might not allow for much extra time.


Although he may not be able to see much of his loved ones before he leaves, the Russian cosmonaut said he is looking forward to spending a year with Kelly.


“All politics is left behind or below when we are together,” he said. “We are very friendly together and will be good to each other and friendly together during our expedition.”


Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, retired from the astronaut corps last year. Mark Kelly is married to former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in an assassination attempt in January 2011 while Scott Kelly was living aboard the ISS.


 http://en.rian.ru/world/20121205/177942909.html


 

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#17 Posted : Wednesday, January 02, 2013 1:30:50 PM(UTC)
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Quadrantid meteor shower to be seen overnight on Jan 3, 4


космос Земля метеориты



The annual Quadrantid meteor shower will occur overnight on January 3 and 4. The Quadrantids (QUA) are one of the heaviest meteor showers. If you watch the northern part of the sky dome you will see meteor flares twice a minute.




According to a popular belief, if you wish upon a shooting star your wish will come true.


During a meteor shower a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point of the night sky. The point from where the Quadrantid meteors appear to radiate is located within the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis. On modern star charts, this radiant is located where the constellations Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky. Meteors, which are small parts of a tail of the disintegrated comet, move along their orbit and cross the Earth orbit once a year, Vladimir Surdin, astrophysicist of the Steinberg Astronomy institute under the Moscow State University, says.


"Approaching the Sun comets lose their outer shell. Evaporation of gas occurs and the comet loses dust layers. When those small dust particles enter Earth atmosphere at a speed of more than 40 km per second and their air friction causes meteor flares. None of those particles reaches Earth and that is why they do not pose danger to us of aircraft."


With every meteor shower the Earth receives several tons of comet matter which is later discovered in the Antarctic ice in the form of small burned balls. By studying these traces it is possible to determine the structure of the areas of the Solar System where comets were formed. Even meteor flares are of great scientific values Vladimir Surdin says.


"Flares of comet particles show their chemical composition. By taking photos of the spectrum with lines of different chemical components we learn what these dust particles were made of and respectively the composition of their parent body."


Before comet particles burn in the atmosphere they pass through the route of the International Space Station (ISS) and numerous satellites. An attack of a meteor shower leaves microscopic hollow spots on the skin of ISS, Vladimir Surdin continues.


"No cases have been registered yet when a spacecraft skin was seriously damaged by small meteorites. But they damage the illuminators - they became less transparent and the solar power panels start generating less electricity. That is why it is better for the ISS not to encounter them and to make a turn to let most of the particles pass it by."


The intensity of Quadrantid meteor showers is different every year. It is difficult to say how strong the shower will be this time because comet matter is distributed along its orbit very unevenly, Igor Volkov, astrophysicist of the Steinberg Astronomy institute under the Moscow State University, says.


"Usually the point where the core of the comet nucleus was has a condensation of particles. The Earth does not always cross the same part of the shower. In case of a maximum close-in of the Earth and the former comet nucleus the heaviest meteor showers occur."


This was the case in 1966 with a Leonid meteor shower when up to 30 stars flared up every second. That meteor shower made it into textbooks. Though, such phenomena are very rare. Gradually shooting star showers such as Quadrantid, Leonid and others (about 20 are known) will get weaker. This decline process will take hundreds and even thousands years. But that does not mean that our remote descendants won’t have an opportunity to watch meteor showers. New comets will close the Sun losing its matter and this means that new meteor rains will emerge.



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#18 Posted : Wednesday, January 09, 2013 10:17:24 AM(UTC)
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Mars One announces requirements for Red Planet colonists


 



Mars One, a Netherlands-based non-profit company that hopes to deliver the first humans to the Red Planet by 2023, has issued a list of basic requirements for those willing to become Mars colony pioneers. The most important criteria are to be at least 18 years old, to be intelligent, in good mental and physical health and to be dedicated to the project.




Candidates will be subject to a prolonged televised selection process that will begin later this year.


“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” Norbert Kraft, Mars One's chief medical director and a former NASA researcher, said in a statement. “Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others, in the long journey from Earth to Mars and for a lifetime of challenges ahead.”


The first colonists will land on the Red Planed in April 2023. New members will arrive every two years after that. None of the Red planet pioneers, the company notes, will ever return to the Earth.


VIDEO


To cover the mission costs, about $6 billion, Mars One says it will launch a reality show, a sort of interplanetary reality show a la “Big Brother”, and raise the needed funds by selling corporate sponsorships.


Mars One estimates that it will cost about $6 billion to put the first four astronauts on Mars. While this may seem like a daunting sum for a non-governmental entity, the company is confident it can raise the needed funds by selling corporate sponsorships.


While candidates for the Mars mission will be undergoing the selection process and the whole planet will be observing it on their TVs, Mars One will launch a communications satellite and a supply mission to Mars in 2016, then send a large rover to the Red Planet in 2018, according to the video.


The rover will find the most suitable site for the new Mars colony. After that in 2020 the company will send all necessary settlement components – habitat units, life-support equipment and another rover.


Mars One officials admit they have already approached a number of private spaceflight companies and secured one potential supplier for each colony component. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket which is still under development but expected to perform its first flight next year, is expected to deliver many components of the first colony to the Red Planet.



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#19 Posted : Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:58:16 PM(UTC)
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300-million-year-old UFO tooth-wheel found in Russian city of Vladivostok


Jan 19, 2013 


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Lighting the fire during a cold winter evening a resident of Vladivostok found a rail-shaped metal detail which was pressed in one of the pieces of coal that the man used to heat his home. Mesmerized by his discovery, the responsible citizen decided to seek help from the scientists of Primorye region. After the metal object was studied by the leading experts the man was shocked to learn about the assumed age of his discovery. The metal detail was supposedly 300 million years old and yet the scientists suggest that it was not created by nature but was rather manufactured by someone. The question of who might have made an aluminum gear in the dawn of time remains unanswered.




Nowadays, finding a strange artifact in coal is a relatively frequent occurrence. The first discovery of this sort was made in 1851 when the workers in one of the Massachusetts mines extracted a zinc silver-incrusted vase from a block of unmined coal which dated all the way back to the Cambrian era which was approximately 500 million years ago. Sixty one years later, American scientists from Oklahoma discovered an iron pot which was pressed into a piece of coal aged 312 million years old. Then, in 1974, an aluminum assembly part of unknown origin was found in a sandstone quarry in Romania. Reminiscent of a hammer or a support leg of a spacecraft “Apollo”, the piece dated back to the Jurassic era and could not have been manufactured by a human. All of these discoveries not only puzzled the experts but also undermined the most fundamental doctrines of modern science.


The metal detail which was recently found by Vladivostok resident is yet another discovery which perplexed the scientists. The coal in which the metal object was pressed was delivered to Primorye from Chernogorodskiy mines of Khakasia region. Knowing that the coal deposits of this region date 300 million years back, Russian experts inferred that the metal detail found in these deposits must be an age-mate of the coal.


When geologists broke the piece of coal in which the metal object was pressed into and spot-treated in with special chemical agents, it turned out that the metal detail was unusually light and soft. No more than seven centimeters long, the object was found to be composed of 98 percent aluminum and 2 percent magnesium. On the one hand, such an alloy stalled the scientists because nearly pure aluminum is very rarely found in nature. Thus, the detail was most definitely created artificially. On the other hand, however, when it became clear that the object was made from aluminum-magnesium alloy the experts quickly found an answer to the question of how a metal detail could withstand the ravages of time so well. The scientists explained that pure aluminum is increasingly prone to oxidization which contributes to the creation of a special layer protecting it from further corrosion. As a result, the metal detail made 98 percent from aluminum can endure not only high pressure but also heat and other severe natural conditions.


Another question that interests Russian scientists is whether the aluminum alloy is of Earthly origin. It is known from the study of meteorites that there exists extra-terrestrial aluminum-26 which subsequently breaks down to magnesium-26. The presence of 2 percent of magnesium in the alloy might well point to the alien origin of the aluminum detail. Nonetheless, further testing is needed to confirm this hypothesis.


The last property of the object that puzzled the scientists was its distinctive shape which was reminiscent of a modern tooth-wheel. It is hard to imagine that an object could take regular shape of a tooth-wheel with six identical ‘teeth’ naturally. Moreover, the intervals between the ‘teeth’ of the gear are curiously large in relation to the size of the ‘teeth’ themselves which might mean that the detail was a part of a complicated mechanism. Nowadays, such ‘spare parts’ are used in construction of microscopes and other mechanical appliances. This poses yet another unanswerable question to the modern scientists: how can the metal tooth-wheel be 300 million years old if the regular-shaped ‘wheel’ itself was created by man millions of years later.


After the discovery came public, conspirators were quick to dub it ‘a UFO tooth-wheel’. Russian scientists, however, do not jump to conclusions and will run further tests to learn more about the strange artifact.



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#20 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2013 5:48:45 PM(UTC)
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Davos 2013: world leaders to discuss aliens, super-humans, and immortals


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Jan 25, 2013 


This year, apart from the traditional economic concerns, the program of the World Economic Forum in Davos is scheduled to address a number of highly controversial issues which have been kept classified for decades. Called the 'X factors', these issues include the potential risks of medically induced enhancement of cognitive abilities, prolongation of human life, and discovery of extraterrestrial life.


WEF experts contend that "given the pace of space exploration, it is increasingly conceivable that we may discover the existence of alien life or other planets that could support human life. In 10 years’ time we may have evidence not only that Earth is not unique but also that life exists elsewhere in the universe." In this context, WEF team urges the global elite to prepare themselves and their nations for such discovery. The scientists suggest that new funding and new brain power will be needed to overcome the challenges that the humanity will face as a result of its encounter with an extra-terrestrial civilization. The world might even need to create artificial-intelligence emissaries to survive an inter-stellar crossing. The discovery of an Earth 2.0 or life beyond our planet might also inspire new generations of space entrepreneurs to meet the challenge of taking human exploration of the galaxy from the realm of fiction to fact. 


At the same time, WEF experts do not believe that the discovery of alien life will change the fabric of human society in the short-run. While the discovery would certainly be one of the biggest news stories of the year and interest would be intense, it would not change the world immediately. Over the long run, however, the psychological and philosophical implications of the discovery could be profound. In the opinion of WEF scientists, "the discovery of even simple life would fuel speculation about the existence of other intelligent beings and challenge many assumptions that underpin human philosophy and religion."


All in all, it seems that humanity is heading to exciting times, and Davos may be the first trigger that will unleash a series of most extraordinary worldwide revel worldwide revelations.


Yulia Zamanskaya


 

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#21 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 5:33:11 PM(UTC)
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Dartagnan: The danger of meteorites is due to the fact that a meteorite might fall on nuclear power plants. Just imagine an explosion of a nuclear power plant due to a meteorite. I think politicians should think twice about it. 


If a very big meterorite falls on the Earth, it is not the meterorite which is going to destroy us, but the explosion of our nuclear power plants&the radiation. 


Massive meteorite crash shakes Urals region in central Russia


A handout photo taken on February 15, 2013, and provided by Chelyabinsk region police department shows people standing near a six-metre (20-foot) hole in the ice of a frozen lake, reportedly the site of a meteor fall, outside the town of Chebakul in the Chelyabinsk region.

 


Russian meteorite weighed 10 tons


The meteorite that struck the Russian region of Chelyabinsk was several meters in diameter, weighed around a dozen tons and had the energy of several kilotons, experts from the Russian Academy of Science say.


According to their estimates, the space object entered the atmosphere at a speed of 15-20 kilometers per second and burst into flames some 30-50 kilometers off the ground.


The fragments of the asteroid left a blazing trail in the sky and caused a strong hit wave. Most of the debris evaporated, while the remaining fragments froze over and could have come down as meteorites, scientists explained.






 


Astronomers say meteor explosion in Russia and asteroid flyby today are coincidental


метеоритный дождь челябинск



A 150-foot cosmic rock hurtled safely past Earth on Friday. The flyby occurred just hours after a much smaller meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains.




Astronomers say the two events were coincidental, and the objects were traveling in opposite directions. At least one scientist called it an exciting day and "like a shooting gallery here."


1,200 hurt in meteorite event - Interior Ministry


Some 1,200 people were hurt in the meteorite event in the Chelyabinsk region, a Russian Interior Ministry representative said in an update.


"As of now, 1,200 people are hurt in the meteorite fall in the Chelyabinsk region," he said.


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#22 Posted : Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:54:40 PM(UTC)
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Catastrophe In Russia - Meteorite Fall Ural Chelyabinsk 


NEW VIDEO/ (2013/02/15)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM_ums70U3U



Experts everywhere are continuing to analyze the shocking meteor that crashed over the Urals in Russia on Friday morning, injuring close to 1,000 residents and causing structural damage to hundreds of buildings.


Russia's meteor too small to track; no relation to asteroid, experts say

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Catastrophe In Russia - Meteorite Fall Ural Chelyabinsk 


NEW VIDEO/ (2013/02/15)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM_ums70U3U



Experts everywhere are continuing to analyze the shocking meteor that crashed over the Urals in Russia on Friday morning, injuring close to 1,000 residents and causing structural damage to hundreds of buildings.


Russia's meteor too small to track; no relation to asteroid, experts say



GOOD Video.  Thanks! Updated data:


Russian Meteor Blast Bigger Than Thought, NASA Says


http://news.yahoo.com/ru...nasa-says-234920189.html



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#24 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:12:41 PM(UTC)
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NASA publishes first pictures of Martian ‘door knob’


Feb 21, 2013




A photograph taken by NASA’s Mars-rover ‘Curiosity’ last week caused a stir among the scientific elite. On an image published on NASA's official website, a shiny, metallic-looking artefact can be seen that bears a passing resemblance to a hood ornament or a door knob. While some were quick to say the object had come from an alien spacecraft, others rejected any idea that the ‘knob’ was manufactured, arguing instead that the ‘handle’ had been naturally formed by the effects of weathering. 




The shiny ‘door knob-looking’ object, photographed by ‘Curiosity’ on January 30th, is only 35 pixels in size, given that ‘Curiosity’s’ camera resolution is 150 microns per pixel and the object is approximately 2 meters away, the metallic item is around half a centimetre high. Despite its small size, the object has recently had a huge impact on geologists all over the world.


To many it seemed that ‘Curiosity’ has stumbled upon evidence of an ancient Martian civilisation, however, according to Ronald Sletten, from the Mars Science Laboratory team at the University of Washington, all that's been discovered is a simple ‘ventifact’; a surface that has been wind-eroded by fine dust or sand particles hitting it over a great deal of time. In this sense, the object, though ‘knob’ shaped, is of a completely natural origin. Sletten explained that the ‘handle’ is actually “a part of the rock that is different, harder and more resistant to erosion than the the rock in which it is embedded. On Earth, as on Mars, you can often see knobs or projections from surfaces eroded by the wind, particularly when a harder, less erodible rock is on top. The rock on top of the projection is likely to be more resistant to wind erosion and protects the underlying rock from being eroded.”, Sletten went on to explain; “the shiny surface suggests that this rock has a fine grain and is relatively hard. Hard, fine grained rocks can be polished by the wind to form very smooth surfaces. It also may be shiny because it is wind-blasted and therefore dust-free, while the surfaces not directly being eroded by wind may have a fine layer of reddish dust or rock-weathering rind. The sandblasted surfaces may reveal the inherent rock colour and texture.”


One of the main criticisms of NASA's theory is that such a degree of erosion would require not only wind but water, which would only be possible if the planet had an atmosphere. Given that Mars did have such an environment several billion years ago, it is odd that that the tiny object was not weathered down completely. What is more, had this been a usual ‘ventifact’, as Sletten contends, ‘Curiosity’ would stumble upon such ‘subjects of natural erosion’ much more often. Another question hanging over NASA’s official explanation for the ‘door knob’ is that ‘ventifacts’ are usually formed from rock but not metal. Furthermore, none of the examples of Earthly ‘ventifacts’ shown in the agency's brochure have such an unusual shape; none of them are as thin and protruding. It's thought then that the object in ‘Curiosity’s’ photographs is almost too delicate and detailed to be a ‘ventifact’.


More generally, there is widespread disappointment with the quality of NASA’s explanation and the fact that the ‘door knob’ case was so rapidly closed. While Sletten’s is a good theory, ‘Curiosity’ followers on Twitter express their unease with the reluctance of NASA scientists to study the unusual artefact further. Internet observers want the Mars rover to return to the site where the controversial image was taken to drill into the object, or at the very least to take another photograph. Curiosity is very well equipped for this as it carries 10 different scientific instruments including 17 cameras and a rock-boring drill, all of which were specifically constructed to aid the rover in its quest to explore the ‘Red Planet’. Several days ago ‘Curiosity’ used its drill to collect samples by boring 2.5 inches into the surface, something that had never been done before.


Admittedly, nothing that Curiosity does on Mars is free; any decision to investigate the ‘handle’ would come at a cost; possibly requiring another scientific study to be sacrificed. However, looking through ‘Curiosity’ archives, it seems the ‘knob’, that might have been made by a long-extinct Martian civilisation, is one of the most intriguing discoveries that the Mars-rover has made to date and is therefore one worth studying in more depth. Moreover, given that ‘Curiosity's’ stated primary goal is geological research, the study of an unknown metallic object should fit squarely into that research category. The current explanation provided by NASA for the ‘ventifact's’ origins says nothing of its molecular composition and further research might shed light on what juxtaposition of elements or minerals might constitute the ‘handle’.



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#25 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:17:26 PM(UTC)
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Chelyabinsk meteorite is of chondrite type – scientists 


Feb 21, 2013


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Russian scientists have presented the first results of the chemical analysis of fragments of the meteorite that exploded in the Chelyabinsk region late last week. The analysis that was conducted with the help of sophisticated equipment confirmed the extraterrestrial origin of these fragments.




About 50 fragments were found in the area. They are less than a centimeter in size and belong to the chondrite type, the most common variation of meteorites found on Earth, expert Viktor Grokhovsky of the Urals Federal University, told the Voice of Russia on Thursday.


"The fragments contain a standard number of minerals, including olivine, pyroxene, troilite and kamacite, Grokhovsky said. These minerals that can be discovered only in outer space confirm the fragments’ extraterrestrial nature."


Scientists also denied rumors about the fragments allegedly containing new life forms, such as bacteria and viruses, something that is still being discussed on the Internet. Scientists explained that the chondrite-type meteorites cannot contain elements of organic compounds.


One of the larger fragments, yet to be plucked from Chebarkul Lake, left an eight-meter-wide hole in the ice covering the lake.


Mikhail Nazarov, deputy head of the Committee for Meteorite Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, likened the exploration of meteorites to inter-planetary expeditions. As for the Chelyabinsk meteorite, it may shed more light on the orifing of the Universe and the Solar System, Nazarov added.


"Meteorites appeared during the early stages of the formation of the Solar System, which is why they give us information about relevant processes," Nazarov said.


It is still unclear why no earth-based space surveillance station was able to duly spot the 10,000-ton meteorite, which was only tracked down after it entered the Earth’s lower atmosphere. The fireball moved at a speed of about 30 kilometers per second, Mikhail Nazarov said.


"We failed to spot the asteroid-turned-meteorite in outer space because it was not that large, Nazarov says. The meteorite was moving in the lower atmosphere for half an hour, something that prevented us from taking any pre-emptive steps, including the evacuation of the population."


Meanwhile, local authorities are grappling with the aftermath of the meteorite blast that injured more than 1,000 people and damaged lots of buildings. About 40 people remain in hospitals, with no casualties reported.


Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov expressed hope that the Chelyabinsk meteorite will prompt scientists to create a comprehensive meteorite surveillance system. He also urged scientists to find ways to minimize the implications of meteoric shower.


Some pundits have, meanwhile, pointed to the necessity of re-introducing astronomy lessons in Russian schools, something that will help children to get better knowledge of meteorites.





 

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1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered...

http://rt.com/news/meteo...sh-biggest-fragment-404/


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1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered...

http://rt.com/news/meteo...sh-biggest-fragment-404/


Scientists from Russia's Urals Federal University have discovered a meteorite fragment weighing more than one kilogram (2.2 lbs), the largest fragment found so far following the meteorite strike in the Chelyabinsk Region on February 15


Scientists from Russia's Urals Federal University have discovered a meteorite fragment weighing more than one kilogram (2.2 lbs), the largest fragment found so far following the meteorite strike in the Chelyabinsk Region on February 15.


The fragment was found by an expedition last weekend.


A total of more than 100 fragments have been found by the expedition along a 50 kilometer (30 mile) trail that followed the meteorite's flight path, said expedition chief Viktor Grokhovsky (photo).


A total of more than 100 fragments have been found by the expedition along a 50 kilometer (30 mile) trail that followed the meteorite's flight path, said expedition chief Viktor Grokhovsky (photo)


Grokhovsky said earlier that it was a stony meteorite, some 10 percent of which is composed of iron.


Grokhovsky said earlier that it was a stony meteorite, some 10 percent of which is composed of iron.


US space agency NASA estimated the meteorite had been roughly 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter when it struck Earth's atmosphere, traveling several times the speed of sound. It exploded into a fireball brighter than the morning sun.


US space agency NASA estimated the meteorite had been roughly 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter when it struck Earth's atmosphere, traveling several times the speed of sound. It exploded into a fireball brighter than the morning sun.

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Russian cosmonauts to model walk on Mars


Mar 18, 2013


марс планета космос



For the first time, Russian cosmonauts will conduct an experiment to model a walk on Mars, the Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky who returned to the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) 2 days ago, told a press conference in the Star City (Zvyozdny gorodok).




“We will practice an out-of-spaceship activity in compliance with the future Mars Programme and simulate a walk on Mars”, Novitsky said.


The next after their landing Novitsky and his colleague Yevgeny Tarelkin used a centrifuge to carry out a manually controlled landing from the orbit on Mars.


They stayed on the ISS together with the NASA astronaut Kevin Ford 143 days.



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What makes a good astronaut?





A pilot, a doctor, a programmer, a tennis player… who has more chances to become an astronaut? Who chooses this ‘unearthly’ profession and remains faithful to it all his life? Voice of Russia correspondent Darya Manina spoke to future cosmonauts.






In Soviet times the requirements for future cosmonauts were the following: height – not more than 170cm, age – under 30, test pilot by training. Of course, there were many other criteria related to physical and mental health. But it was evident that to go into space one had to be a very experienced pilot


With the development of the space industry these requirements were later revised, attracting people of different occupations. In the 1980s the Soviet Union unveiled its plans for a Mars mission. Eight doctors were among those who had been trained for the mission, says Anatoly Murashov, participant in the stimulated Mars mission. “It was expected that the expedition would need an international crew of 15-16 members. The crew was supposed to reach the planet's orbit, land on its surface and travel back. The entire mission was expected to take several years, that is why several medics were required to be with the crew.”


Russia’s Star City outside Moscow, where the Gagarin Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center is located, announced its first ever open admission of volunteers willing to travel into space. Three hundred people from all over Russia applied via the Internet: they all had to be under 35 years, with higher education and no less than a 3 year's experience in working in aviation. Those who were shortlisted for the next round were asked to undergo physical tests. Only eight people managed to succeed and were listed into Star City's staff. This does not, however, mean that they will fly into space, says Pyotr Dubrov, one of those eight lucky candidates. “The first stage of training lasts 1.5-2 years during which we are taught the basics of piloted space exploration and space exploration in general. When the lectures are over we will have to pass a state exam to test our knowledge.”


 Only the final stage of the training will unveil those who will be allowed to fly. Everybody is inspired by the aim they all have. Outstanding cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who became the second man to orbit the Earth after Yuri Gagarin, recollects: “We all knew that the first manned space flight was about to take place. There were six of us training for the mission, and each of us dreamt of being the first. But the Vostok spacecraft was designed to carry only one cosmonaut.”


Since then the number of seats onboard the Vostok spacecraft has been increased to six. Over the past 50 years 525 astronauts have travelled to space. Years of training will show whose names will be written in history books regarding space exploration.





 

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Affordable space: amateur astronauts to be taken to the stars





Several suborbital tourist projects will be launched in the USA in 2013 and 2014: the non-professional astronauts will be taken to a height of 100 kilometres where weightlessness starts. However, experts say that all that is not quite real space. And only Russia can carry tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) today.






Talk about space tourism started in the 80s of the last century. A tourist perished during a test launch that took place in the USA. Only Russia has achieved tangible results in this field. 7 non-professionals have been successfully brought into orbit on the Russian Soyuz spaceships since 2001. The first was American Dennis Tito who paid 20,000 million dollars for his space flight in 2001 and who stayed 9 days in orbit. It was great and it was worth this money, Tito says.


After the U.S. space shuttles stopped flying into space, only the Russian Soyuz spaceships can carry cosmonauts to the ISS. The development of a tourist ship has been under work at the Russian Space Corporation “Energiya” for several years now. And all those who would like to rise as high as possible over the Earth will enjoy sub-orbital tourism. Such flights will be shorter, and besides, it is much easier to organize them, Editor-in Chief of the “News of Cosmonautics” magazine Igor Marinin says.


“To go into the Earth’s orbit, a spaceship must have a speed of up to 8 kilometres per second, and it must have a similar speed while entering the atmosphere. It is a big problem because of overloads and temperature. And as regards suborbital tourism, a spaceship must have a speed of 1.5 kilometres per second to come to a height of 100 kilometres and then to come down. This option is affordable for people who are more or less healthy”, Marinin said.


 Suborbital flights will be cheaper than orbital flights. The Virgin Galactic Company promises to carry tourists into space for 2 million dollars, despite the fact that at the initial stage the price was only tens of thousands dollars. The first launch is planned for December of this year. The company’s head billionaire Richard Branson says that he has always dreamed not only of a space flight but also of the possibility to share his experience with other people.


True, many experts call into question the success of Branson’s project. The launch was delayed several times because there were some problems with the spaceship. And the flight on it is very risky because of the zero gravity problems. In this sense, flights to the ISS on the Russian Soyuz spaceships are an ideal tourist route, where both safety and impressions are guaranteed, experts say.




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Russia marks Cosmonautics Day




Юрий Гагарин космос


Yury Gagarin.




Russia marks Cosmonautics Day on Friday to commemorate the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, who made one complete orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok spaceship. The mission lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes, heralding the beginning of the space age.






On April 12, 1961, Vostok 8K72K blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome to place into orbit Vostok spacecraft manned by Yury Gagarin.


That flight took just an hour and 48 minutes. Having orbited the Earth, Vostok successfully landed in Saratov Region of Russia. Gagarin ejected himself from the aircraft at the altitude of several kilometers and descended near the place of Vostok’s landing by using the parachute.


The holiday was established in the Soviet Union one year later, on April 9, 1962.


Gagarin's flight was a major success for the Soviet space program, and opened a new era in the history of space exploration.


Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and eastern bloc and a famous figure around the world. Major newspapers around the globe published his biography and details of his flight. Moscow and other cities in the USSR held parades, the scale of which were second only to WWII Victory Parades. Gagarin was escorted in a long motorcade of high-ranking officials through the streets of Moscow to the Kremlin where, in a lavish ceremony, he was awarded the highest Soviet honour, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.


Even though those years were full of dramatic competitiveness between the two’s space industries, they also symbolically reflected the start of the Russian-US scientific cooperation across-the-board.


Right now, the importance of global space systems can scarcely be overestimated with communication satellites greatly adding to stable TV and radio broadcasts, reliable weather forecasts and high precision navigation systems.


To fulfill a host of scientific experiments in outer space, the International Space Station (ISS) was created in 2000 – a space outpost which has received more than 150 astronauts in the past eight years.


Until today the commemoration ceremony on Cosmonautics Day starts in the city of Korolyov, near Gagarin's statue. Participants then proceed under police escort to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin's grave in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley, near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Finally, the festivities are concluded with a visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery.


On April 7, 2011 United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight.




Russia develops new-type spaceship


 Russia is developing a principally new type of a spaceship for interplanetary flights, the head of the Roscosmos Space Agency told reporters on April 12, which is traditionally marked as Cosmonautics Day in Russia.


"We are already through with the technical design and the first unmanned mission by this new spacecraft is slated for 2018," Vladimir Popovkin said.


He also mentioned the ongoing upgrade of the workhorse Soyuz spaceship with a digital flight control system and a advanced rendezvousing system. Engineers are now working on a new engine and life-support system, Popovkin added.


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Canadian astronaut, commander of the International space station Christopher Hadfield has posted on social networks a video about daily life in the conditions of zero gravity.


Tears in Space (Don't Fall)


VIDEO:


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Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space


VIDEO: 


http://youtu.be/3bCoGC532p8


Chris Hadfield - Nail Clipping in Space


VIDEO: 


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Chris Hadfield on How Astronauts Shave in Space


VIDEO:


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Chris' Kitchen Part Deux: Space Spinach Strikes Back


VIDEO:


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Astronaut Plays Flute on Space Station


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Proton M carrying Canadian satellite launched


Ракета-носитель Протон-М Протон М с американским спутником DirecTV-12 перед стартом с космодрома Байконур. Спутник DirecTV-12, созданный компанией Boeing, предназначен для обеспечения услуг связи, интернетом и цифровым телевещанием материковой части США, Аляски и Гавайских островов. ракета пуск старт




A Proton M carrier rocket with an upper stage Briz-M carrying a Canadian satellite called the Anik G1 was launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.






Roskomos said the launch went by without complications and was successful at 22:36 Moscow time from launch platform number 200 at Baikonur.




 


Dartagnan;322935 wrote:


Canadian astronaut, commander of the International space station Christopher Hadfield has posted on social networks a video about daily life in the conditions of zero gravity.


Tears in Space (Don't Fall)


VIDEO:


http://youtu.be/P36xhtpw0Lg


Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space


VIDEO: 


http://youtu.be/3bCoGC532p8


Chris Hadfield - Nail Clipping in Space


VIDEO: 


http://youtu.be/xICkLB3vAeU


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