Stuck on “Mars”

habitat

patchIt seems fairly certain that if not in my lifetime, in my children’s lifetime there will be humans on Mars. NASA and the University of Hawai’i have teamed-up for the past several years and have sent small groups of people to a white dome on the top of a volcano on the Big Island of Hawai’i to simulate living together in a small space for a long period of time. The program is called HI-SEAS (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). As of me writing this blog post, there have been six missions simulating the space simulation.

What sparked my interest in this project is a podcast documentary called “The Habitat” that just came out chronicling the one-year Mission IV of HI-SEAS which was completed in August of Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 4.05.26 PM2016. The podcast uses audio diaries sent to the team at Gimlet Media to tell the story of the six “astronauts” over seven episodes that are each around a half-hour in length. I highly recommend you listen to this if you are at all interested in human space exploration. Each episode chronicles a new aspect of the crew and may make you think how difficult it could be sending humans million’s of miles away to the red planet.

The podcast is available on iTunes and your other favorite podcasting apps. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Better yet, tell me if you would like to try this or would you ever consider going to Mars?

 

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Super Beaver Moon 2016

Super-Beaver Moon 2016

Tonight is the Supermoon of 2016—which is also the Beaver Moon (full moon in November). The moon is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth today (actually tomorrow, November 14 in the morning) than it typically is. This happens every year, but it doesn’t always coincide with a full moon! The last time it did was 68 years ago in 1948. The next instance of this happening is in 2034.

NASA states that the moon tonight is about 238,000 miles from Earth and appears in the sky to be 14% larger to the eye and will reflect about 30% more light from the sun than it usually does.

Take a peek outside and witness what many have never seen before. Even if it does just look like the moon, this is possibly a once in a lifetime astronomical event for many.

Happy viewing!

NASA Supermoon Site

we choose the moon

Lunar landing

In honor of today marking the 40th Anniversary of the first moon landing, the website, wechoosethemoon.org is reliving the journey on the web with maps models, pictures and the audio as it happened. It all is to happen in about six hours from now, so go see it! You can even follow the landing as it happenned using twitter to recieve feeds of what was going on.