• We Could Live in Caves on the Moon, Here’s Everything You Need to Know
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    We Could Live in Caves on the Moon, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

    When we imagine lunar colonies, they mimic cities in a small scale and have sweeping vistas that include the Earth hanging above the horizon. But that’s a great way to get cancer super fast since we still don’t know how to protect ourselves from cosmic radiation. So one solution might be to eschew scenic surface colonies in favor of lovely lava tubes. Lava tubes on the Moon are basically the same as the ones we see here on Earth. Back in the Moon’s history when it was geologically active, molten rock flowed over the surface. The outside layer cooled first while the inside kept flowing. But once the Moon’s internal…

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    The James Webb Space Telescope Is Delayed (Again)! What Is Happening?

    The James Webb Space Telescope being developed by NASA is set to be one the most exciting space observatories ever developed!, with totally novel technologies and instruments that will give us new insights into our universe. But unfortunately, its completion and launch has been delayed. Again. What’s goin’ on? The initial completion window for the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, was supposed to be between 2007 and 2011. There were some pretty severe budget and schedule issues, resulting in a 2011 overhaul of the project that set a new completion date for October of 2018. That turned out to be a little too optimistic, so they pushed it back…

  • Here’s What It Actually Takes to Be a NASA Astronaut
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    Here’s What It Actually Takes to Be a NASA Astronaut

    When NASA started recruiting for its first astronaut class in 1959, it had no idea what it was looking for because it didn’t know what was going to happen to the human body in space. Basically the agency needed people used to flying dangerous missions in untested vehicles while giving real-time feedback to engineers… which pretty much narrowed the pool to test pilots. President Eisenhower stipulated that due to the potential top-secret nature of this endeavour, they should be in the military. And this led to the basic qualifications for the first batch of astronauts. Military pilots who’d graduated from a test pilot school holding a bachelor’s of engineering with…