An American, a German, and a Russian walk into a press conference…no, this is not the start to some lame joke, but the start to a story of a truly magical moment between three astronauts. NASA’s Reid Wiseman, ESA’s Alexander Gerst, and commander Maksim Suraev of Russia’s Roscosmos are all crew members of the International Space Station, and during a recent press conference they were asked by a reporter whether US-EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine had altered or influenced their relations. Here is their emphatic answer.
Their message was clear: There’s no politics in space or on the International Space Station. Just astronauts and scientists from all corners of the globe working together for humanity. Source: RT Share their friendly embrace with your friends below.
When Americans first landed on the moon back in 1969, it inspired a wave of excitement about space travel. Many believed that this excitement would lead to settlements on the moon, which would make mankind an interplanetary species. Sadly, that never happened.
Could that be because the first men on the moon weren’t alone up there? It sounds like an outlandish claim, but judging by these NASA transcripts from the Apollo missions, there might be some truth to it.
03 08 20 18 IRP: That’s a spectacular crater. 03 08 20 23 CDR: Did you shoot some pictures while you were over there? 03 08 20 25 CMP: No, it’s just going by. We’d better get it later. There will be better times. 03 08 20 42 CMP: Boy, there must be nothing more desolate than to be inside some of these craters, these conical ones. 03 08 20 50 CDR: People that live in there probably never get out.
Some weird stuff was happening on the Apollo 10 mission.
04 06 13 02 LMP: That music even sounds outer-spacy, doesn’t it? You hear that? That whistling sound? 04 06 13 06 CDR: Yes. 04 06 13 12 CMP: Did you hear that whistling sound, too? 04 06 13 14 LMP: Yes. Sounds like – you know, outer-space-type music. 04 06 13 18 CMP: I wonder what it is.
04 12 09 16 CDR: What the hell was that gurgling noise? 04 12 09 25 LMP: I don’t know. But I’ll tell you, that eerie music is what’s bothering me. 04 12 09 28 CMP: God damn, I heard it, too. 04 12 09 29 LMP: You know that was funny. That’s just like something from outer space, really. Who’s going to believe it? 04 12 09 34 CMP: Nobody. Shall we tell them about it? 04 12 09 39 LMP: I don’t know. We ought to think about it some. 04 12 09 41 CMP: Did you hear it, Tom? 04 12 09 42 LMF: Yes, he heard it. 04 12 09 43 CDR: Yes. 04 12 09 47 LMP: Hell, I just want to get out of this suit.
03 12 22 39 I2_P: Really an interesting one, huh? Got a rugged one right out here with the central peaks. 03 12 23 05: Sure does. Really got a very complex central structure. 03 12 23 08 CR: It’s got one of the biggest central peaks. It’s a very unusual crater. But there are some dark areas in it and Farouk has gone on record saying that they are dikes. 03 12 23 37 CMl: That’s one right down there. Just shows how it dominates the whole photograph. Just an extremely bright crater. Sun angle just isn’t high enough for you to see it here …. Yes, they’re mining it, I think.
When we hear about a far-reaching and devastating ecological disaster, it’s no surprise that most of us would assume it happened in China. While these types of catastrophes take place all over the world with startling regularity, they seem to occur in the Asian country far more often.
This time around though, something unbelievable happened much closer to home than we’re used to — just off the Space Coast of Florida, a resident caught this on camera…
Redditor SPAZZEH lives in the area and on a recent trip down to the coast, they snapped these pictures of a massive fish and wildlife die off.
That is horribly heartbreaking. If the dumping and excessive pollution continues like this, just imagine how those once-beautiful waters will look in five years. I honestly, don’t even want to think about it.
The idea that Mars could have once been home to intelligent life is a theory that has become very popular in recent years. Discoveries like the so-called “Face on Mars” and the occasional sighting of flowing water have only fanned the flames of speculation.
Chances are, however, that you’ve never heard of the best possible evidence of intelligent life on Mars: the monolith on Phobos.
This is Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons. It’s a small, potato-shaped rock that makes its way around the red planet once every seven hours.
Last fall, NASA released thousands of photos from every manned Apollo mission that took place between 1961 and 1972. The collection includes about 13,000 images from the NASA archives, most of which are photos of smiling astronauts living the dream in outer space.
But Redditor my_newz_account sifted through all of the pictures and came across some bizarre shots. This NASA enthusiast is certainly not a space expert, but that hasn’t stopped the Reddit community from wondering what’s going on here. I’m inclined to share their concerns.
This looks like a standard photo of the moon’s surface…except for that tiny dot up there.
I’m going to assume that because NASA released these photos, they have a reasonable explanation for the craziness. But then again, Kipp Teague of the NASA Project Apollo Archive did say that the reason why he released them online instead of publishing them in print was because the organization was facing budget cuts at the time, so maybe it’s up to us to figure it out.
3. It makes sense that the normal ingredients are replaced with their space-paste versions, but why is it in a tortilla?
Zero gravity makes assembling a sandwich difficult, and the crumbs from regular bread are dangerous if they get stuck in airvents or sensitive equipment. That’s why Tortillas have replaced bread in space since 1980.
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Mercado is a metal fan who is originally from Bolivia. Her adventures brought her to China, where she studied with kung fu masters. Right now, she’s studying international relations and anthropology at the University of Sussex in England.
Mercado’s strongest motivation for going to Mars seems to be her love of learning, but she’s unsure if she’ll be able to learn things like medicine and engineering within 10 years. “I don’t think I’m ready to be the first crew,” Mercado told BuzzFeed.
She stresses, though, that she is not afraid of dying because of her belief in reincarnation.
According to Mercado, Mars One hopes to fund the project by selling products. “Right now, they are selling mugs,” she said. Besides merchandise revenue, the team is asking for donations. “[Unlike NASA] we are not taking anyone’s taxes,” she said. “NASA is doing it for politics to show that the USA is competitive.”
3. She says, “I didn’t expect to actually pass because of my English.”
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Mercado says she initially had to fill out an application, answer a few questions, and then wait to hear back from the team in three to six months.
In the second round, Mercado had to send them a signed statement from a doctor proving that she was physically and mentally healthy. Around 600 people passed the test.
The final round, which narrowed the pool down to 100, involved a one-on-one interview via video chat with Norbert Kraft, M.D., a psychologist who worked on long-duration space flight research for NASA. The interview lasted 11 minutes, and it included technical questions about the rover. “My English went away. I got really nervous,” she said.
4. Oscar Matthews, 32, recently got accepted into Old Dominion University’s Ph.D. program in aerospace engineering.
Oscar Matthews is a Virginia native and Navy reservist who wants to find out if there’s life on Mars. He paid $35 for the initial application fee. [We did the math and Mars One made around two million dollars from American applicants]. According to Matthews, candidates had to memorize 10 pages of technical information to prepare for the interview with Dr. Kraft.
Matthews has no doubt that humans will go to Mars eventually, but he also thinks that it’s healthy to be skeptical about Mars One. Matthews told BuzzFeed, “It’s obvious that it’s not a scam, but the biggest question is, how are we going to raise enough money to make it happen?” Although he thinks the timeline may be a bit ambitious, he believes it’s technically feasible.
He thinks they’ll be able to do this if they receive around $6 billion. “India did a recent Mars mission for around $100,000,” he said. “If Mars One turns out to fail to launch a successful mission to Mars, at least the conversation has been started.”
5. Natalie Joy Lawler, 36, says, “We haven’t done anything extraordinary. I didn’t think I showed who I really was in the interview.”
Natalie Joy Lawler is an Australian math teacher and a divorced mother of a 9-year-old and 14-year-old. She believes she was chosen because she’s not the typical applicant. “Mothers in their thirties don’t typically see the value in space exploration,” Lawler told BuzzFeed.
Lawler believes that the technology to go to Mars is proven and that it will not fail. “We won’t be using any technology that isn’t tried and tested, unlike the lunar lander,” she said. “I have total faith in Mars One.”
Lawler says that she can live without earthly pleasures. “I have no intention of returning, even if there was a possibility,” she said.