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NASA is Hiring Astronauts – Do you have the Right Stuff? September 19, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in astronauts, ISS, jobs, NASA, Sci Fi, Science, science fiction, scifi, space station.
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At the dawn of the Space Age, NASA recruited its astronauts from the best and brightest in its military corps.

In 2007 – NASA is recruiting astronauts online…and you could be one of them.

In a public posting on the USAjobs site, NASA has posted a job ad for a job that is truly out of this world.

NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

The salary range is – 59,493.00 – 130,257.00 USD per year.

Want to apply? Just go online and GOOD LUCK !

Star Wars Lightsaber Finally Goes Far Far Away August 27, 2007

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30 years after Star Wars propelled us to that place far far away..an actual piece of the Star Wars legacy will be headed into Space.

Apparently the original prop of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first Star Wars movie will be sent into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.

What i’d like to know – officially or otherwise – is if astro or cosmonauts have ever watched Star Wars on a Shuttle/Soyuz/Mir/Space Station mission. Sure these guys work very full days..but hey it’s not that improbable is it?

And what of the lightsaber? will it just stay in a locker on the shuttle the whole time?

Darth Vader’s PSP – Sony set to debut new Star Wars themed gaming device July 17, 2007

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Apparently Sony is set to roll out a new PSP later this year that will be  33 percent lighter, 19 percent slimmer, the battery will be more efficient, and there will also be faster loading of games. It’s also expected to include a TV output in high def maybe.

They’re planning on rolling a Star Wars themed new PSP too –  the new Star Wars Battlefront PSP pack, which will include the Star Wars: Battlefront Renegade Squadron game and the special Star Wars PSP.

 Star Wars: Battlefront Renegade Squadron is a PSP only game that extends the Battlefront saga.
It’s expected to hit shelves in October. Woohoo!

Do Martians Live Underground? June 8, 2007

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Apparently there is a deep hole on Mars that could lead to a route to Life on Mars.

No i’m not making this up and it’ss actually Science and not SciFi.

A very dark spot on Mars could be an entrance to a deep hole or cavern, according to scientists studying imagery taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The geological oddity measures some 330 feet (100 meters) across and is located on an otherwise bright dusty lava plain to the northeast of Arsia Mons, one of the four giant Tharsis volcanoes on the red planet.

The hole might be the sort of place that could support life or serve as a habitat for future astronauts, researchers speculated.

REad the whole story on Space.

Star Trek’s Planet Vulcan is real? May 17, 2007

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NASA has just posted a video titled ‘Search for Spocks Home’ on the JPL site.

According to Star Trek canon Vulcan is located orbitting the star we know as 40 Eridani A.

Guess what?

It’s real and NASA’s got a plan to find out what’s out there.

But is it logical?

and will life, Live Long & Prosper there?

NASA Predicts Non-Green Plants on Other Planets April 11, 2007

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from the fact is stranger than fiction dept..

Apparently Earth is likely the exception when it comes to having green plants. Green, yellow or even red-dominant plants may live on extra-solar planets.

As you probably remember from biology it’s chlorophyll that makes plants green. In most plants on Earth they absorb blue and red light and less green light. Therefore, chlorophyll appears green. Though some green color is absorbed, it is less than the other colors.
According to NASA scientists, our Sun has a specific distribution of colors of light, emitting more of some colors than others.

Gases in Earth’s air also filter sunlight, absorbing different colors. As a result, more red light particles reach Earth’s surface than blue or green light particles, so plants use red light for photosynthesis. There is plenty of light for land plants, so they do not need to use extra green light. But not all stars have the same distribution of light colors as our Sun. Study scientists say they now realize that photosynthesis on extrasolar planets will not necessarily look the same as on Earth.

Read the full story on the NASA site.

Saturn’s Hexagon Captured by Cassini March 27, 2007

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Science fact is something far stranger than fiction. Case in point is a new picture released from NASA from their Cassini probe currently orbiting Saturn.

I don’t think any human has ever seen anything like it.(Though Voyager 1 and 2 did more than 25 years ago).

It’s a hexagon shaped cloud formation that now covers the entire North Pole of the ringed planet. The hexagon is nearly 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it. This image was acquired with the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer , from an average distance of 1.3 million kilometers (807,782 miles).

“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif in a statement. “We’ve never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn’s thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is

perhaps the last place you’d expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is.”

For more on this freak’ish feature of Saturn check out NASA.

Tvashtar’s Plume March 17, 2007

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I had always thought that IO was the most exciting of all the Jovian moons.

I mean come on it’s so far away from the Sun and yet it has enough geological thermal activity to have the most active volcanoes in the entire solar system.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons space probe, which was launched a little over a year ago, recently passed Jupiter.

On its way through the Jovian system it snapped some amazing shots..this one of Tvashtar’s Plume on Io is one of the most spectacular.

More info on Tvashtar’s Plume can be found at NASA’s New Horizon site.

Next up: Saturn

New Horizons’ next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.

Projected Orbit Crossing Dates

     Uranus: March 18, 2011

     Neptune: August 24, 2014

Pluto: July 14, 2015

What is your favorite picture of Saturn? March 2, 2007

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This post is about Science Fact not Science Fiction.

NASA has released a new block of pictures of Saturn from its Cassini space probe which is currently orbiting the ringed gas giant.

“Finally, here are the views that we’ve waited years for,” said Dr. Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. “Sailing high above Saturn and seeing the rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we’ve never seen before. It just doesn’t look like the same place. It’s so utterly breath-taking, it almost gives you vertigo.”

Get the whole story and more images at the NASA Cassini Site.

Fact is stranger than fiction – Astronaut in bizarre kidnap plot in Florida court February 6, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in NASA, news.

Over 600 sites are reporting today about a truly bizarre love triangle involving three NASA astronauts.

The Associated Press reports that – Lisa Marie Nowak, 43 drove 900 miles, donned a disguise and was armed with a BB gun and pepper spray when she confronted a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a fellow astronaut. Nowak and Oefelein, 41, were both first-time fliers during separate shuttle missions last year. They trained together but never flew together.

According to CNN, Nowak wore a diaper during the 14-hour drive so that she wouldn’t have to stop for bathroom breaks. Astronauts wear what NASA calls maximum-absorbency garments to collect their waste during space travel.

I know, not exactly Science Fiction (which is what ShowMeSciFi is all about), but sometimes Fact is far Stranger than fiction