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Space imaging system helping to save Vatican books

December 20, 2011

Vatican Library’s reading room

Antique books in the Vatican Library are being digitized to make the contents more accessible and preserve them for future generations, using the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) format developed by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Stemming from radio astronomy, the open-source FITS is now used to store data from many space missions. The format also lends itself to the fragile, ancient tomes in the Vatican’s collection.… read more

Space Medicine Gets Smart

June 22, 2001

Smart medical devices that help astronauts handle emergencies such as electrical burns will become part of the International Space Station perhaps as early as next month.

Further down the road, astronauts in trouble may also rely on “virtual clinics” on earth for in-depth medical assistance, which could also be used to help people on the ground in isolated places with no doctor nearby.

If an astronaut were to… read more

Space mirrors could create Earth-like haven on Mars

November 14, 2006

Mirrors in orbit around Mars could be used for “terraforming,” creating Earth-like conditions on a small patch of the planet’s surface, according to a NASA-funded study.

The extra sunlight would provide warmth and solar power for human explorers.

Space plan from China broadens challenge to US

December 30, 2011

Chinese EVA spacesuit

The Chinese government on Thursday announced an ambitious five-year plan for space exploration that would move China closer to becoming a major rival at a time when the American program is in retreat.

The plan calls for further development of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (similar to GPS), which on Tuesday began providing navigation, positioning, and… read more

Space race underway to create quantum satellite

March 4, 2013


In this month’s special edition of Physics World, focusing on quantum physics, Thomas Jennewein and Brendon Higgins from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, describe how a quantum space race is under way to create the world’s first global quantum-communication network.

The field of quantum communication — the science of transmitting quantum states from one place to another… read more

Space ‘spiders’ could build solar satellites

December 15, 2005

A mission to determine whether spider-like robots could construct complex structures in space is set to launch in January 2006. The spider bots could build large structures by crawling over a “web” released from a larger spacecraft.

The engineers behind the project hope the robots will eventually be used to construct colossal solar panels for satellites that will transmit solar energy back to Earth. The satellites could reflect and… read more

Space ‘spiderwebs’ could propel future probes

April 25, 2008

A new type of interplanetary solar sail has been woven by scientists at Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The spiderweb-like sail is designed to catch the wind of ionized gas that blows from the Sun, carrying spacecraft to the outer reaches of the solar system, or letting them tack back and forth through the asteroid belt on exploration or mining missions.

They plan to reel out long wires… read more

Space Station Could Beam Secret Quantum Codes by 2014

June 11, 2008
(European Space Agency

University of Vienna researchers hope to send an experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) by the middle of the next decade that would pave the way for transcontinental transmission of secret messages encoded using quantum entanglement.

In addition to potential use for secure communications, the “Space-QUEST” project would give researchers a chance to test the theory that entanglement should be unlimited in range.

Space station gets HAL-like computer

June 27, 2005

Clarissa, a voice-operated computer assistant, will be used in space for the first time on Monday.

The program will initially talk astronauts on the International Space Station through tests of onboard water supplies. But its developers hope it will eventually be used for all computer-related work on the station.

The program “listens” to everything astronauts say and analyzes how to respond, using a “command grammar” of 75 commands… read more

Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe

March 30, 2009

A severe coronal mass ejection (plasma balls from the sun) could induce ground currents that would knock out 300 key transformers within about 90 seconds, cutting off the power for more than 130 million people, costing tens of millions of lives, according to a National Academy of Sciences report.

Space to think

August 16, 2007

The present has recently caught up with William Gibson. The great prophet of the digital future, who not only coined the word “cyberspace” in his debut novel Neuromancer in 1984, but imagined its implications and went a long way to suggesting its YouTube and MySpace culture, has stopped looking forwards. “The future is already here,” he is fond of suggesting. “It is just not evenly distributed.” ….

Space tourism on China’s agenda?

October 12, 2006

China may one day offer trips into space for tourists. It plans to launch more rockets, explore the moon and even help farmers by using satellite transmissions.

Space-based solar farms power up

February 28, 2013


Space-based solar power (SBSP) has once again begun to attract attention with projects emerging in the US, Russia, China, India and Japan, among others. All are driven by increasing energy demands, soaring oil and gas prices, a desire to find clean alternatives to fossil fuels and by a burgeoning commercial space industry that promises to lower the cost of entry into space and spur on a host of new industries,… read more

Space-elevator tether climbs a mile high

February 16, 2006

LiftPort Group has built a cable for a space elevator stretching a mile into the sky and tethered on balloons, enabling robots to scrabble some way up and down the line.

To make the cable, researchers sandwiched three carbon-fiber composite strings between four sheets of fiberglass tape, creating a mile-long cable about 5 centimeters wide and no thicker than about six sheets of paper.

The aim is to… read more

Spacecraft Saw ULF Radio Emissions over Haiti before January Quake

December 9, 2010

Geoscientists say that the DEMETER satellite saw a clear increase in ultralow frequency radio waves for a period of one month before the M 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in January. “The results … clearly indicate that ULF electromagnetic waves can be very useful in revealing possible precursor seismic phenomena,” they suggested.

Ref: Enhanced ULF Radiation Observed By DEMETER Two Months Around the Strong 2010 Haiti… read more

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