Sweden Solar System
www.swedensolarsystem.se/en/, posted 2021 by peter in science space sweden todo travel visualization
The Sweden Solar System (SSS) is the worldâs largest model of our planetary system. The Sun is represented by the Globe in Stockholm, the largest spherical building in the world, and the planets are lined up in direction north from here.
Distances and sizes are scaled according to 1:20 million, and the inner planets are all in the Stockholm area. The outer planets follow in the same direction with for instance Neptune in Söderhamn and the dwarf planet Pluto in Delsbo, 300 km from the Globe. A number of minor planets and comets also populate SSS, which now extends from the very south to the very north of Sweden. There is a host institution for each model. SSS is a pedagogical instrument and conveys a direct feeling of the enormous distances in space, and how small the planets are compared to the Sun. Art, mythology and science merge in this project, and SSS connects to different places and activities in Sweden.
Nuclear salt-water rocket - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_salt-water_rocket, posted 2020 by peter in energy science scifi space
A nuclear salt-water rocket (NSWR) is a theoretical type of nuclear thermal rocket which was designed by Robert Zubrin. In place of traditional chemical propellant, such as that in a chemical rocket, the rocket would be fueled by salts of plutonium or 20 percent enriched uranium. The solution would be contained in a bundle of pipes coated in boron carbide (for its properties of neutron absorption). Through a combination of the coating and space between the pipes, the contents would not reach critical mass until the solution is pumped into a reaction chamber, thus reaching a critical mass, and being expelled through a nozzle to generate thrust.
einstein-schrodinger.com/mercury_colony.html, posted 2020 by peter in opinion science space
There is a good reason for colonizing another planet, which is to avoid extinction if the Earth is hit by a 10km or larger asteroid, as has happened many times in the Earth's history. Colonization of Mercury appears to be a very real and practical possibility, whereas colonization of Mars or the other planets, moons or asteroids is really more in the realm of fantasy.
Are we alone? Tiny spacecraft will head to Alpha Centauri to find out - CNET
https://www.cnet.com/news/sending-tiny-spacecraft-to-alpha-centauri/, posted 2018 by peter in science space
But if Breakthrough Starshot succeeds, we could get snapshots of the Alpha Centauri solar system 4 light-years away — roughly the same as 6,800 trips to Pluto — 30 to 40 years from now. And maybe we'll get a better idea about just how rare life is in the universe./
Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous - The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/human-existence-will-look-more-miraculous-the-longer-we-survive/554513/, posted 2018 by peter in msm science space
After all, there are 100-mile impact craters on our planet’s surface from the last billion years, but no 600-mile craters. But, of course, there couldn’t be scars this big. On worlds where such craters exist, there is no one around afterward to ponder them.
Worms born in Martian soil suggest farming on Mars is possible â€” BGR
bgr.com/2017/11/28/mars-worms-nature-soil-farming/, posted 2017 by peter in msm science space
The soil, which was developed by NASA to be as close as possible to what space travelers would be working with on Mars, was mixed with pig manure and then "seeded" with adult earthworms. Overcoming several potential dangers, the worms managed just fine, and soon the scientists discovered baby worms which had been born in the soil simulant.
How the Air Force planned to put men on the moon
https://www.popsci.com/how-air-force-planned-to-put-men-on-moon, posted 2017 by peter in history space usa
In the spring of 1958, after President Dwight Eisenhower called to create a civilian space agency, the US Air Force assumed it would lead any national spaceflight effort. As such, the service prepared a detailed, multi-stage plan called Man in Space with the goal of landing a man on the Moon by the mid 1960s.
A Rocket To Nowhere (Idle Words)
www.idlewords.com/2005/08/a_rocket_to_nowhere.htm, posted 2017 by peter in opinion politics science space usa
Most of the really wrong design decisions in the Shuttle system — the side-mounted orbiter, solid rocket boosters, lack of air-breathing engines, no escape system, fragile heat protection — were the direct fallout of this design phase, when tight budgets and onerous Air Force requirements forced engineers to improvise solutions to problems that had as much to do to do with the mechanics of Congressional funding as the mechanics of flight. In a pattern that would recur repeatedly in the years to come, NASA managers decided that they were better off making spending cuts on initial design even if they resulted in much higher operating costs over the lifetime of the program.
What is the Average Color of the Universe?
priceonomics.com/what-is-the-average-color-of-the-universe/, posted 2015 by peter in color physics science space
It turns out that if all the stars and all the planets in all the galaxies were before you in a terrifying, brilliant, impossible box, the color would you see (while no doubt experiencing a transcendent feeling of oneness) is the most boring color in the world.
Roadmap to Alpha Centauri - Issue 3: In Transit - Nautilus
m.nautil.us/issue/3/in-transit/roadmap-to-alpha-centauri?utm_source=tss&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=linkfrom_feature, posted 2014 by peter in msm science space toread
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