Friday, November 14, 2014

Great Test Tonight!

All gastight, all electrics OK! From YouTube -- "Alexander Knapton shutting down the trainer after a good check of the electrics and C02 scrubber system. Dr. CM Smith on radio running monitor cabinet exterior. Alexander is wearing the helmet but is not pressurized in this test. For more see pacificspaceflight.com, or find us on twitter @Pacific_Space."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Congratulations, Little Philae!

The little, washing-machine-sized Philae lander, after ten years cruising through harsh interplanetary space on the back of the European Space Agency's Rosetta craft, finally caught up with comet 67/P and landed today. The terrains are mind-mangling. Here are photons on your screen bringing you an image of a free-floating body of rock and ice several times the size of Mt. Everest that tumbles through space on an orbit that takes it from about the orbit of Mars out to the orbit of Jupiter before swinging back again...For centuries, the comet was a blurry sky-object of mystery, a demon, harbinger of chaos...now, we humans see it a speck of dust in the galaxy, and we can send our own grain of dust, and little bundles of wire and cables and computer chips that act as extensions of our own senses, to land on that speck of dust after ten years of exposure to the chill of interplanetary space, cosmic radiation and a thousand other shocks. Incredible! I added a 747 to scale to give an impression of the size.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Installed Biomedical Sensors

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Maintenance

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Visit from Tom and Tina Sjogren

Friday, October 17, 2014

Published: 'Three Ages to the Stars'

New popular-science publication in the Swedish journal Glänta. This is "Three Ages to the Stars: Recommendations for the Adaptation of Human Biology and Culture Beyond Earth", available in English, with additional Figures, at my academia.edu page.

As NASA and others more realistically and carefully look at space colonization concepts these days, evolution--both cultural and biological--must be considered at all levels. I'm sketching that out in a new book, Principles of Space Anthropology, slated for release in 2018 (publisher pending paperwork!).