Lego bricks are beloved all the world over — now they have made it into orbit as part of a joint NASA-Lego educational project. The model of the International Space Station (ISS) was created while in orbit as a way of engaging children as to what it is like living and working in zero gravity.
I’d wager that it doesn’t come back from orbit in one piece.
The long-term sustainability of our space environment is at serious risk from space debris and irresponsible actors. Ensuring the stability, safety, and security of our space systems is of vital interest to the United States and the global community.
Unless the international community addresses these challenges, the environment around our planet will become increasingly hazardous to human spaceflight and satellite systems, which would create damaging consequences for all of us.
In response to these challenges, the United States has decided to join with the European Union and other nations to develop an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. A Code of Conduct will help maintain the long-term sustainability, safety, stability, and security of space by establishing guidelines for the responsible use of space.
The Solar Sail demonstration will:
Demonstrate the deployment of a 38m x 38m solar sail in space (quadrupling the area of the largest sail deployed and tested on the ground of 20m x 20m by L’Garde at NASA’s Plumbrook facility in Ohio).
Demonstrate attitude control plus passive stability and trim using beam-tip vanes.
Execute a navigation sequence with mission-capable accuracy.
The Future is Now! Next up: Space Elevator.
A company called UrtheCast is going to bolt a pair of high definition video cameras with big zoom lenses onto the International Space Station. These cameras will send down live video of Earth 24/7, with a resolution comparable to Google Earth. In other words, you’ll be able to see yourself waving. From space.
I’m not sure I really dig what they used for their “live video” tagging feature, but I do like their they’re going with this.
Sure, you’ve seen photos of the moon’s surface. But have you seen them in amazing 3D? OK, maybe, but how about without having to cross your eyes? I didn’t think so. But now, if you’ve got a pair of red/green 3D glasses kicking around, you can do so right now.
ha! I just bought some red/blue glasses, going to try this out when I get home from work tonight. it’ll be awesome.