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From Mercury to Starliner: The Evolution of the Spacesuit

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You won’t explode if you enter space without a suit, but we don’t recommend it.

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Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin wore a SK-1 pressure suit on April 12, 1961, when he became the first human to journey into space.

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Click link below for article and 19 Photos:

http://www.nbcnews.com/slideshow/mercury-starliner-evolution-spacesuit-n718296

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This skyscraper is out of this world — literally

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Feeling too fancy for normal earth-bound existence? A new skyscraper concept would elevate your living situation — literally.

Clouds Architecture Office has unveiled plans for a futuristic skyscraper dubbed the “Analemma Tower.” The building would hover majestically above the ground because it would be attached — wait for it — to an actual asteroid, in space, that is forcibly put into orbit around the Earth.
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If that’s not enough to digest, consider that your exact address in this pendulous pad could be anywhere on Earth.
The tower will be suspended via high-strength cabling from an asteroid and placed in “eccentric geosynchronous orbit”. In other words, it would be always moving — residents and visitors would take a daily journey between the northern and southern hemispheres with a prolonged visit over a main “home” point like New York City or Dubai (it’s always New York City or Dubai, isn’t it?)

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Skyscraper in the sky

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/living/analemma-tower-orbiting-skyscraper-trnd/index.html

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I Was Robbed of My Eclipse Experience. Don’t Let That Happen to You

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On August 21 of this year, people living in the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse the likes of which hasn’t been seen here in almost a century. It will be a dramatic, multisensory experience. As the moon passes in front of the sun, the noon sky will go dark and the stars will come out. Temperatures will fall. Birds will grow silent in the sudden twilight, while crickets will awaken.

I have been waiting 38 years for this day to arrive.

On average, a total solar eclipse is visible from somewhere on Earth about once a year. The last total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. was on February 26, 1979, when half the current U.S. population wasn’t yet born. That eclipse touched only a tiny portion of the Pacific Northwest, but it happened to go right over my house in Portland, Oregon. Today I may be a professional astronomer, but back then I was a 9-year-old kid who had just fallen in love with NASA and space exploration. I learned about the eclipse in my fourth-grade class.

Unfortunately, mostly what I learned about it was to be afraid.

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Image: A total solar eclipse is visible through the clouds as seen from Vagar on the Faeroe Islands, Friday, March 20, 2015.

A total solar eclipse is visible through the clouds as seen from Vagar on the Faeroe Islands on March 20, 2015. Apart from a few small breaks, a blanket of clouds in the Faeroe Islands blocked thousands of people there from experiencing the full effect of the total eclipse. Eric Adams / AP

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/the-big-questions/i-was-robbed-my-eclipse-experience-don-t-let-happen-n741126

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Neil deGrasse Tyson unleashes hot fire on Trump in angry tweetstorm

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Neil deGrasse Tyson took a break from sharing science facts and nerdy dad jokes on Sunday to blast Donald Trump in a raging tweetstorm. 

Specifically, Tyson targeted Trump’s proposed slashing of federal funding for programs that support the arts, education, and the EPA, which has long been in the crosshairs of the Trump administration. 

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They’re called “science” and “facts,” Mr. President.   Image: Cordeiro/REX/Shutterstock

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Click link below for article and tweetstorm:

http://mashable.com/2017/03/19/neil-degrasse-tyson-slams-trump/#tZqgJp6fiiqO

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Earth-Sized Telescope May Let Us See a Black Hole for the First Time Ever

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It’s Albert Einstein’s weirdest prediction — that the universe is sprinkled with massive objects so dense that not even light can escape them. Although Einstein was skeptical the theory was true, it has held for over a century. Today, astronomers are fairly convinced that nearly every galaxy (including our own) harbors a black hole so massive that it gobbles down any nearby gas and dust, often ripping stars to shreds. And while no one has seen a black hole directly, astronomers might finally be on the brink of doing just that.

For the next 10 days, eight radio observatories at six locations across the globe will be pointed toward the supermassive black hole that hides in the Milky Way’s center. Should the weather cooperate at these observatories — which span the peak of the world’s tallest volcano in Hawaii, the frigid landscape at the South Pole, and the ski-covered slopes of the Sierra Nevada in Spain — astronomers will collect data at a scale never attempted before in physics.

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Image: Event Horizon TelescopeThe Event Horizon Telescope Team used high performance computer clusters to generate simulations of the images that may be captured during April’s observations. Event Horizon Telescope

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/the-big-questions/earth-sized-telescope-may-let-us-see-black-hole-first-n742101

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Jupiter to Shine Super-Bright This Weekend, and Here’s Why

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It’s a busy time for Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

On March 28, NASA released stunning new photos of Jupiter taken by Juno, the basketball court-sized space probe that’s been orbiting the gas giant since last July. And on April 7, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth this year, coming to within about 414 million miles of our home planet and appearing extraordinarily bright in the night sky.

Jupiter will rise in the East around sunset and will be visible all night, weather permitting.

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this Jovian close-up, a phenomenon astronomers call Jupiter “at opposition” because the planet and the sun are on opposite sides of Earth. But if you have binoculars, it should be possible to see the massive planet and also its four largest moons: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, and Io. With even a basic telescope, you should be able to make out Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a vast storm that’s roughly twice the size of Earth.

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Jupiter to Shine Super-Bright This Weekend

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Click link below for article and video:

http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/watch-jupiter-shine-brighter-any-other-time-year-n743366

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Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

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Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time.

They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away.

Their observations suggest that the “super-Earth” is cloaked in a thick layer of gasses that are either water or methane or a mixture of both.

The study is published in the Astronomical Journal.

Discovering an atmosphere, and characterising it, is an important step forward in the hunt for life beyond our Solar System.

But it is highly unlikely that this world is habitable: it has a surface temperature of 370C.

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Click link below for article:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39521344

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