Stay in Bed for 2 Months and Get around $19,000 Paid by NASA

Can you imagine a job that pays you for simply staying in bed? Well, NASA gives you an opportunity. To check how weightlessness affects the human body, the scientists from NASA are looking for women who are willing to stay in bed for 2 months. These women should be of ages between 24-55 years. Those who are ready for this will get around $19,000 for it, but this sounds to be a miserable experience. When in space, weightlessness can cause changes in the body of the human. Astronauts face some health changes due to microgravity in space. Such health changes can lead to muscles and bone breaking down which then the fluid moves towards their head.

NASA and the European Space Agency have commissioned the scientists at German Aerospace Center to conduct this study related to the effects of weightlessness. For this study, the participants will not be floating in a weightless environment but they will just stay in the bed, where effects caused by microgravity will be stimulated. This study will save astronauts from spending more time on exercise in the space station. Every participant will have a private room of their own. They will be allowed to do all the activities like going to the bathroom, showering, eating, etc. while lying down. A team of nutritionists will curate the meals to them.

This is a risky opportunity for sure. If you have free time for 2 months and are really needy, only then should you participate in this event. The criteria for participants are that they should be healthy women between ages 24-55 years and they should be ready to stay in bed for 60 days. There is one more requirement that participants should know the German language. While you are on the bed, the scientists will keep poking you for their experiments. Your body will be slightly tilted downwards. Overall, there will be familiarization of 15 days, then bed rest for 60 days and then rest and rehab of 14 days, so that you become fit and fine for regular life.

Juno Spacecraft Finds New Storm on the Planet Jupiter

The Juno Spacecraft from NASA made a flyby maneuver over the Planet Jupiter and spotted a new Storm on the Planet. The Flyby occurred in the last month and recently received the same data back on the earth. After analyzing the data, the scientists found a not just one, but two storms raging on the planet. The storms are way more significant than the surface area of the earth, and they are raging and swirling together. The first and the most significant storm in the image is the Great Red Storm on the planet. Accompanying it is the OVAL BA, which is the new and small storm spot on the Planet Jupiter.

The Oval BA storm was formed when the scientists were keeping an eye on the gas giant. In 2000, three small storms collided together and created a big storm, which was named as the Oval BA. Since the last flyby maneuver, it has been nearly one year, and according to the scientists, the storm is slowing down. This is not the exact photograph sent by the Juno spacecraft. The spacecraft sent three separate pictures on the earth, taken from the distance of 23,800 miles and 34,500 miles from the surface of the planet.

The digital imaging experts on the earth digitally corrected and synced the three images and created this image, in which we can spot two big storms on the planet Jupiter. These photos were taken on Dec. 21, which was the 16th flyby mission of the Juno Spacecraft. The entire purpose of the spacecraft is to make the images of the planet and send back the data within the 32 flyby missions. This photo marks the halfway of the entire purpose as it was the 16th flyby.

Relativity Space to Launch their 3D Printed Rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

The company that prints the rocket parts using the 3D printers is ready to launch their first rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company, Relativity Space has agreed to the contract with the ted States Air Force to operate from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from Florida. The company said that they’ve reached to a Multiyear deal with the United States Air Force to build and operated from the Launch Complex 16 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

According to the contract, it’s a multiuser site for almost five years. The Relativity space can build their new rockets using the 3D printers as they’ve desired and also launch the same. If the company succeeds and launches several missiles in the sky, the contract can be extended for up to 20 years with exclusive rights for the launch site. The Relativity Space started their operations in the year 2015. From their inception, they were in search of an excellent location to build and launch their 3D printed rockets. After the search of almost three years, the company finally have a solid launch site to develop and launch their rockets in the space.

The partnership between the United States Air Force and Relativity Space will help both of the entities to progress. With the close relationship with the government entity, the Relativity Space can get exclusive insights and also, the Air Force can use their services to launch the satellites for navigation and spying missions. The mission of the Relativity Space is exciting, as no one has ever done the launch of a space rocket that has been made entirely with the 3D printed parts. Not just the Air Force, but the company has reached an agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing their flight engines before using them in finished rockets.

SpaceX CRS-16 Dragon Spacecraft Returns to Earth

The SpaceX’s CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft has returned to the Earth after completing a month-long Resupply mission. The CRS-16 Dragon was sent to the International Space Station for Resupply Mission last year in December. The spacecraft has returned to the Earth a few hours ago and had successful splashdown. The mission was expected to complete a week ago, but the adverse weather conditions on the ground delayed the End of Mission. But now, the weather was clear and ground control permitted for End of Mission for the SpaceX CRS-16 spacecraft. It was attached to the Outpost of the International Space Station for over a month and has completed the mission.

The Spacecraft was attached to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module. It was released from the ISS on 6:33 p.m. EST. After releasing from the Harmony Module, the Spacecraft performed three departure burns to move away from the International Space Station and achieve the entry point in the atmosphere. After departure burns, the craft performed some orbital maneuvers and at 11:20 p.m. EST, the Deorbit command was issued. After that, the craft entered in the earth’s atmosphere using Draco thrusters and slowed down shortly afterward.

After the re-entry, the spacecraft’s parachutes detached and started to slow it down. It touched down in the water successfully few minutes after the entry. The CRS-16 spacecraft was launched by Falcon-9 rocket on December 5. 2019 and reached the International Space Station on December 8, 2018. When launched, the CRS-16 had 5,600 pounds of science and crew supplies for the international space station. Previously, the End of Mission was scheduled on January 10th, 2019 but postponed due to adverse weather conditions over the landing zone.

NASA has Cleared Dream Chaser Spaceplane for Full Production

NASA has approved a potential project that would make space cargo missions easier than ever. According to the latest reports, Dream Chaser spaceplane from Sierra Nevada Corporation has received the clearance for full production from the national space agency. It means that the developers can start the full production of the spaceplane, which is expected to be served as a cargo carrier between the ISS and NASA.

Once the production starts, Sierra Nevada would need two years’ time for using it for full goods transfer. Its path of getting clearance from NASA has not been the smoothest, considering the counterparts like SpaceX and Orbital ATK. Sierra Nevada was given one of the cargo delivery private contracts for ISS cargo missions in 2016 along with the other two giants.

In the course of time, however, the Dream Chaser demo flights haven’t been that smooth. There were many instances of malfunction, one of which required a complete re-doing of the unmanned vehicle. For instance, a malfunction of the landing gear had caused the Dream Chaser vehicle to turn upside down, making things tough for the company to get the approval. Now that the approval is given, Sierra Nevada is all set.

There are a few factors that make Dream Chaser different from the other cargo-mission vehicles in use, such as Dragon and Cygnus. While Dragon and Cygnus are launched via rockets, Dream Chaser has been designed for runway landings as well. At least theoretically, the vehicle would be able to land at international airports in the country.

The Dream Chaser also has an option to be piloted, if the situation demands the same. It has been built with the basic requirements covered. For instance, the vehicle can be reused up to 15 times, carrying 5500 kg of cargo to space in each of the trips. It’s also capable of taking 3400 kg of waste from the ISS.

How would Milky Way’s Collision with Another Galaxy Look Like?

Scientists from Durham University have predicted that 2 billion years from now, our Milky Way will collide with the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a spiral of stars and dust. Currently, the LMC is at a safer distance from us; about 200,000 lightyears. These celestial bodies can collide after a long time and the view will be awesome.

As the Milky Way will absorb smaller bodies in its neighborhood, the black hole of the galaxy will gulp the clouds of gases and the stars from the Large Magellanic Cloud. Previously, it was predicted that another galaxy of Andromeda would collide with the Milky Way after 4 billion to 8 billion years’ time. As per the prediction, it would form a giant galaxy together and would be in an elliptical shape. However, now it seems that LMC can impact the Milky Way

LMC is known to be the brightest satellite galaxy in the Milky Way. As per a prediction in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, LMC has almost twice the dark matter than previously believed. That means it has a larger mass than expected and would lose a high rate of energy and will definitely collide with the Milky Way. The LMC was seen as an amazing display of cosmic fireworks.

If this collision happens, a number of shiny stars will be added to our night sky. But, how this collision will shape our galactic geography, is another big question. Some stars may be sucked into the darkness and some may be thrown miles away from the market. There are chances that our own solar system may get ejected from the galaxy along with the Earth.

But, the predictions from scientists say that Earth will not be affected by this. The radiations from this collision will not affect our solar system. So, there is nothing much to worry about. If everything goes well, maybe our descendants will get to enjoy a beautiful show in the night sky.

Astronaut Dials 911 by Mistake from the International Space Station

As per a news report from the Netherlands, an astronaut of Dutch origin has accidentally dialed 911 from the International Space Station. This was actually the omission of one number in an accidental manner, while the astronaut was trying to dial for outside and then an international line. The process needs astronauts to dial up the number 9 for getting an outside line. This gets followed by dialing up 011 for an international line.

Unfortunately, the zero was missed. This mistake was committed by Andre Kuiper’s, a Dutch astronaut. He had talked about it with a Dutch public broadcaster. As per the report, Kuipers managed to hang up after missing the 0 but the call got noted by Mission Control at NASA. The day after, officials from NASA had sent an email to the International Space Station asking if someone had dialed up the number 911.

Apparently, the call happened to trigger an alert at NASA. They had checked on the room where the call got issued from and obviously did not find anything. It is said that Kuipers confirmed that the emergency service number was dialed accidentally. The VoIP phone services managed to make it possible for the accident to take place, which is installed on the International Space Station. Astronauts, who are there on the floating space lab, have managed to make calls to Earth for a large part of 10 years, all thanks to modern internet voice services along with getting better connectivity in space.

As per NASA, astronauts can make calls whenever they feel like, even to their families. This is quite far from the first time ever, when someone had placed a call by mistake to a woman from the International Space Station. The mistake was committed by Tim Peake, who had called the wrong number by mistake and asked a woman whether it was planet Earth.

Chinese Lunar Probe Chang’e-4 Successfully Landed On the Far Side of the Moon

China’s lunar mission is the first ever to land on the far side of the moon. Chang’e-4 spacecraft achieved the milestone on 3rd January at 10:26 a.m. local time. China’s state media service announced the news around 12 p.m. Beijing time. The probe landed within the South Pole-Aitken basin, and it is a large crater near the moon’s south pole. The mission is a historic move that highlights the nation’s growth potential to become a space power. Additionally, it sets a new record by visiting the region never explored by humanity. Zhu Mengua, a professor at Macau University of Science and Technology, worked with China on the lunar mission.

The professor said the mission’s success id a significant milestone for the nation and lays it out as a pioneer in space exploration. According to The New York Times, he said Chinese people had achieved the thing that the Americans have not dared try. After landing on the moon’s surface, the probe captured an image and sent back on Earth. The photo reveals a small crater and a dessert-life surface. The surface seems to be lightened by light from the probe. Shortly after landing, the observatory released a little rover that will explore the landing area. While stationed on the lunar land, the Chang’e-4 will attempt to investigate the popular Von Karman crater in the Aitken basin. It is the most massive crater in the entire solar system.

Chang’e-4 consists of four high-tech cameras to capture images while roaming around the surface. The probe also contains scientific equipment to study the surface and its mineral composition. It carries a set of components to perform experiments on the lunar land. The list includes fruit flies, cotton, yeast and some species of green plants. As it is the first mission to the dark side of the moon, there are some communication challenges on the region. Thus, the Chinese space agency launched another satellite, Queqiao relay, to overcome the problem in communication. The relay satellite permits the probe to phone home through the relay. Chang’e-4 will collect the samples from the moon’s surface. China aims to send another spacecraft on the far side. It would take the samples to Earth for further studies.

China Became Pioneer to Touch the Far Side of the Moon

China’s says its Chang’e-4 probe successfully landed on the far side of the moon, and that’s one giant jump for the country. China state television announced the news on Thursday. Moon is earth’s natural satellite which revolves around it. While we can see only one face of the moon, and another face of the moon is not visible from Earth. Chang’e-4 is the first observatory to reach another face of moon and soft-land on it. The probe touched the moon’s surface at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time on January 2. The mission docked the moon on December 7, and the spacecraft entered moon’s orbit on December 12. The Chinese spacecraft sent an image of the unexplored surface of the moon.

The probe will explore the big Von Karman crater being positioned on the moon’s surface. It is the largest crater in the solar system. It measures 15,000 miles across and has a depth of 8 miles. The probe contains scientific equipment to study the geology of the unexplored region, as well as to perform biological experiments. Chang’e-4 will also collect samples to perform mineral and radiation tests. So the researchers will get an opportunity to study minerals from the dark side of the moon.

Chinese news agency Xinhua said Beijing’s control center would decide the working direction of the spacecraft. It will also command for the separation of the rover from the lander. Xinhua reported the probe took six active species to the lifeless environment to form a mini biosphere. The list includes yeast, cotton, fruit fly, rapeseed, potato, and Arabidopsis. This journey to the moon has become a significant milestone in space exploration and the history of the Chinese space agency. The mission makes China the first country in the world to soft-land on the far side of the moon. The landing reveals China’s increasing ambitions to challenge the U.S. as a space power. Beijing intends to send another spacecraft to the moon that would bring the samples to the Earth.

Mother of Hubble Space Telescope, Nancy Grace Roman died at 93 on Christmas Day

Nancy Grace Roman, a former NASA executive, has died at 93 on 25th December. Laura Verreau, Roman’s cousin, confirmed the news that Roman passed away after a prolonged illness. Researchers call her “Mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope. Additionally, she was the first woman to hold an executive position at the space agency. In school days, she loved to draw the moon. She was fond of the moon in the sky and stars. We can say that she had qualities to become a stargazer. Finally, her passion for becoming a stargazer prospered into a career. She completed her doctorate in astronomy at the University of Chicago in 1949.

After that, in 1959, Roman joined NASA as its first Chief of Astronomy at Headquarters. She joined the space agency soon after the agency’s establishment in 1958. Roman was the first to gain an opportunity to develop a pivotal department from the very beginning. Before her, Lyman Spitzer, a former astronomer, scratched an idea to create space-based telescope in 1946. But in those days, the proposal delayed due to high-budget and lack of technology. While she started to work on the project and played a crucial role in making of the Hubble Space Telescope. She also involved in foundational programs of the space agency including Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE). Bob Zimmerman, a science historian, says she made it possible to get early telescopes into space.

Roman struggled to earn the position in a men-dominated sector, flooring the way for future female scientists. She is remembered for her hard work to boost career opportunities for women. She worked with the American Association of University for Women. According to NASA, Roman is a winner of the Women in Aerospace’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She also got the honor of the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award, and the NASA Outstanding Scientific Leadership Award. In 2017, Lego published a set of statues in respect of four pioneering women of NASA. One of the four was Roman. According to her statement to Science Magazine, Roman felt very happy. Roman said that she ignored the saying of many people who said she could not be an astronomer. She finished her NASA career in 1979. After retiring from the space agency, she worked as a contractor at Goddard.