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Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating

The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any situation.” In following with that tradition, MoS has created a line

Moon Mining: NASA’s Plans to Harvest Water from the Moon

There’s a lot of water on the moon, and NASA wants to learn how to get to it. In July 2008, water was found conclusively for the first time inside ancient moon samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. In 2009, observations from three spacecraft showed signals of water across the moon’s surface, bolstering the idea that the moon might actually contain significant amount of water. Then, in October 2010, scientists reported that a frigid crater called Cabeus at the moon’s south pole is

NASA Confirms That Huge Methane Cloud In U.S. Southwest Is the Real Deal

Years ago, a cloud of methane gas about the size of Delaware was detected over the Four Corners region (where the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet). At the time, the methane readings were so high that scientists at NASA dismissed the cloud as a data collection issue. “We didn’t focus on it because we weren’t sure if it was a true signal or an instrument error,”   said Christian Frankenberg, a scientist who does research at NASA’s Jet

The U.S. and India Just Agreed on A Joint Space Mission to Study Climate Change

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mikaela Cannizzo. The long sought after human exploration of Mars has recently made progress. In the last month, both India and the U.S. have had satellites reach the Red Planet’s orbit to carry out research

Antarctica Is Melting So Fast That It’s Altering Earth’s Gravity (Animation)

The strength of Earth’s gravity varies depending on where you are, mostly because of differences in the composition (ie. densities) of different regions on Earth. In 2009, the European Space Agency launched a satellite called the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), with the purpose of mapping these variations and seeing how they changed over time. During its four year period, the satellite gathered a lot of interesting and useful data, including this “gravity scar” left behind by the

This Picture of the Moon Is the First Photo Taken By A New 3-D Printed Telescope

3-D printing technology has been improving in leaps and bounds lately, and now it can add yet another cool accomplishment to its resumé: taking a picture of the moon. It all started with a team of astronomers at the University of Sheffield in England who wanted to see if they could design their own high-powered telescope rather than paying thousands of dollars for one. Using only 3-D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, the team was able to create a telescope capable

NASA Goes Commercial, Signing Manned-Spaceflight Contracts With SpaceX and Boeing

This past Tuesday (September 16, 2014), NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX as the winning commercial contracts for bringing astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017. According to YahooNews… “NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Center, next door to where the launches should occur in a few years.” The U.S. retired it’s own Space Shuttle in 2011, and since then has been relying on Russian rockets to bring NASA astronauts to

Did You Know… The First Video of Earth from Space Was Captured In 1946?

Most people have heard of the Space Race, a period of about 20 years from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s when the United States and Russia feverishly developed their space programs in a constant attempt to one up each other. The race was kicked off in earnest by the Russians when they launched Sputnik (the world’s first artificial satellite) on the evening of October 4, 1957. What many people don’t know, however, is that nearly 11 years before Sputnik, a team of

“Nuestra Tierra—Our Earth”: A Breathtaking Time-Lapse Of Earth From Space (Video)

Using footage from the International Space Station (courtesy of NASA’s Johnson Space Center), National Geographic filmmaker Fede Castro has created one of the most breathtaking time-lapse videos of Earth from space. The video is just over four minutes, and features the world’s major cities, as well as the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and a few massive thunderstorms, among other things. Take a trip around the world in just minutes in National Geographic’s video “Nuestra Tierra—Our Earth”: Video soundtrack: Divergence – The Black Parrot

The Next Rover NASA Is Sending to Mars Will Produce Oxygen and Search for Farmland

Back in June, Chief NASA Scientist Ellen Stofan did an interview in which she announced NASA’s plans to colonize Mars. “We like to talk about pioneering Mars rather than just exploring Mars, because once we get to Mars we will set up some sort of permanent presence,” she told the Guardian in the interview. Now, NASA is taking the first steps towards that goal, officially announcing a groundbreaking rover mission planned for the summer 2020. The 2020 rover will look a

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