Tag Archives: space exploration

Monumental Astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt Finally Gets Some National Recognition

Even if you’re not an astronomy buff, you know the name Edwin Hubble. You know the Hubble Space Telescope? Yeah, that’s him. After his discovery in 1923 of separate galaxies and a much larger universe based on his examination of the patch of light Andromeda, his name became synonymous with significant space exploration. What you probably don’t know is that there was someone else involved in this discovery that nobody talks about. Henrietta Swan Leavitt was a 19th century astronomer working at the Harvard College…

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NASA Created An Expanding Space Room For The International Space Station

The International Space Station is always being improved upon, and the next upgrade on the docket is a 12-foot long living space that attaches to the ISS and doubles in size as it inflates. Called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short, it will head up to the ISS on the next supply mission, and the Station’s robotic arm will attach it to the rear port. Just a touch of a button with inflate the BEAM, and it will expand to its full…

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NASA’s New Robots Look Like Tumbleweeds

As NASA continues its work exploring the final frontier, work is underway developing a planet traversing robot that looks like a space tumbleweed. The experimental robot is called the Super Ball Bot and it is being built by Boston Dynamics with the support of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The Super Ball Bot is made from metals rods and cables that can extend or retract on command. This innovative design allows the Super Ball Bot to be very versatile. It can absorb impact on landing,…

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