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The Delta II first stage for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft arrives
The Delta II first stage for the OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft arrives
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A close-up view of the International Space Station
A close-up view of the International Space Station
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The Russian Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft backdropped by Earth
The Russian Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft backdropped by Earth
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High-angle view of the Apollo 10 space vehicle on its launch pad
High-angle view of the Apollo 10 space vehicle on its launch pad
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Atlas Agena target vehicle liftoff for Gemini 11, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Atlas Agena target vehicle liftoff for Gemini 11, Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Fire and smoke signal the liftoff of the Atlas V/Centaur launch vehicle
Fire and smoke signal the liftoff of the Atlas V/Centaur launch vehicle
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NASAs Curiosity rover samples a rock on the floor of Gale Crater
NASAs Curiosity rover samples a rock on the floor of Gale Crater
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Five year old icebergs near South Georgia Island
Five year old icebergs near South Georgia Island
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A large black smoke plume from an oil fire
A large black smoke plume from an oil fire
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The mobile service tower approaches the Delta II rocket
The mobile service tower approaches the Delta II rocket
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Lunar cycler centrifuge
Lunar cycler centrifuge
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A futuristic space shuttle awaits launch
A futuristic space shuttle awaits launch
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Lunar cycler centrifuge Featured Image

Lunar cycler centrifuge

A living quarters module, secured to the end of a centrifuge boom, swings into the foreground while an unmanned cargo ship prepares to dock in the upper left. Both are falling toward the moon at a leisurely 1, 500 miles per hour. On the upper right abutting the orange propellant tanks, is the blue glow of one of the cycler's four ion engines. These engines may be all that's required to maintain the long-term integrity of the cycler's orbit.
Studies have shown that human health can suffer in the absence of gravity. Physiological hazards include loss of bone mass and diminished cardiovascular performance. While regular exercise can mitigate microgravity's deleterious effects, it may be determined that the best therapy would be a simulated gravity environment. Unfortunately nature appears to offer few options for simulating gravity, however a technologically feasible solution would be the employment of a centrifuge.
A centrifuge is a mechanical device that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis, resulting in a gravity-simulating force perpendicular to the axis. Small scale centrifuges are used on Earth to quickly separate substances of varying density. In the microgravity of space, a large centrifuge could be constructed, not to separate substances, but to simulate gravity for human occupants. In the image above envisions a centrifuge with two booms, each with a radius of 100 feet, and each secured to a living quarters module with accommodations for six. A rotation rate of two revolutions per minute would generate a force equal to one-sixth the gravitational force at the Earth's surface, which happens to be that of the moon's.
Given the enormous engineering challenges, it would have to be demonstrated that even a force of one-sixth the Earth's gravity would go a long way toward ensuring human health. (Of course, larger centrifuges have been envisioned, from the massive two-wheeled space station in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, to a tethered version with a radius of a half-mile under consideration for Mars missions.)
While spinning a centrifuge at a faster rate would simulate a greater gravitational force, in this case the 100 foot radius would result in a force gradient that could cause its own physiological hazard, i.e. standing humans would experience a noticeably greater gravitational-like force at their feet than at their heads

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Close-up view of the docking mechanism of the Russian Progress 46 spacecraft
Close-up view of the docking mechanism of the Russian Progress 46 spacecraft
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High angle view of the Apollo 14space vehicle
High angle view of the Apollo 14space vehicle
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Artists concept of one of the twin Voyager spacecraft
Artists concept of one of the twin Voyager spacecraft
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The H-IIB rocket on the launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center in Japan
The H-IIB rocket on the launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center in Japan
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Galileo spacecraft discovering asteroid 243 Ida and its moon, Dactyl
Galileo spacecraft discovering asteroid 243 Ida and its moon, Dactyl
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Earths horizon against the blackness of space
Earths horizon against the blackness of space
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A manned orbital maintenance platform approaches the Chandra X-ray Observatory
A manned orbital maintenance platform approaches the Chandra X-ray Observatory
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The Gemini-Titan 4 spaceflight launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida
The Gemini-Titan 4 spaceflight launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Orion module orbiting an asteroid
Orion module orbiting an asteroid
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A manned Asteroid Lander descends toward the surface of an ancient asteroid
A manned Asteroid Lander descends toward the surface of an ancient asteroid
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Illustration of a space shuttle re-entering the Earths atmosphere
Illustration of a space shuttle re-entering the Earths atmosphere
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A Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station
A Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station
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Illustration of a space shuttle re-entering the Earths atmosphere Featured Image

Illustration of a space shuttle re-entering the Earths atmosphere

Illustration of a space shuttle re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. In order for the Space Shuttle to return to Earth it must shed 18, 000 miles per hour of velocity and descend low enough to make an unpowered glide to a landing strip. With 115 tons of vehicle traveling fast enough to circle the globe once every 90 minutes, there is a tremendous amount of kinetic energy to dispose of. The Shuttle disposes this energy like every other manned space vehicle: it uses the Earth's atmosphere to convert its kinetic energy into heat. The Shuttle does this by slowly descending into the atmosphere bellyside-down at a 40 degree angle. This presents a large, blunt surface to the rushing air that continues to slow the orbiter for the next 16 minutes.
Through a combination of friction and compression, the temperature of the air around the Shuttle rises to 3, 000 A°F, hot enough to ionize the air into a glowing plasma trail that extends for miles behind the Shuttle. One effect of this plasma is to block all radio contact between the orbiter and ground control during the duration of reentry.
The Shuttle withstands the punishment of reentry via a thermal protection system that consists of thousands of individual silica tiles. The tiles, which are essentially bricks of very pure quartz sand, prevent heat transfer to the underlying orbiter aluminum skin and structure

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A Saharan dust outbreak
A Saharan dust outbreak
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A supply vehicle backdropped by the blackness of space and Earths horizon
A supply vehicle backdropped by the blackness of space and Earths horizon
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A shuttle delivers supplies to a space station
A shuttle delivers supplies to a space station
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Orbital maintenance platform in high Earth orbit
Orbital maintenance platform in high Earth orbit
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Apollo on surface of moon, with Saturn V rocket in the background
Apollo on surface of moon, with Saturn V rocket in the background
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A reusable lunar shuttle prepares to dock with a lunar cycler
A reusable lunar shuttle prepares to dock with a lunar cycler
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Artists concept of a space shuttle entering Earth orbit
Artists concept of a space shuttle entering Earth orbit
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A manned orbital maintenance platform rendezvouses with Chandra X-ray Observatory
A manned orbital maintenance platform rendezvouses with Chandra X-ray Observatory
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Pan-Khangai Mountains, Lake Bajkal
Pan-Khangai Mountains, Lake Bajkal
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The Cygnus spacecraft begins its separation from the International Space Station
The Cygnus spacecraft begins its separation from the International Space Station
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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft
The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft
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A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off
A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off
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A reusable lunar shuttle prepares to dock with a lunar cycler Featured Image

A reusable lunar shuttle prepares to dock with a lunar cycler

A reusable lunar shuttle, recently launched from the moon, prepares to dock with a lunar cycler. The lunar shuttle has a capacity for six crew and passengers and can deliver travelers to a lunar base without them ever having to venture outside.
The shuttle docks near the top of the lunar cycler stack where multiple docking ports can accommodate a variety of spacecraft. Just below the topmost antenna of the cycler is an observation module with an array of windows for viewing and managing docking operations from within the cycler. At the bottom of the scene, docked left and right to the cycler, is a pair of Orion class spacecraft that serve as life boats for the cycler's inhabitants. Should the need ever arise, each lifeboat can ferry six inhabitants safely to Earth.
The design of this lunar shuttle and cycler is purely fanciful, based upon what astronautical engineering might accomplish within the next 75 years

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An astronaut drifting in space is rescued by a space shuttle orbiting Earth
An astronaut drifting in space is rescued by a space shuttle orbiting Earth
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Mercury-Atlas 9 lifts off from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida
Mercury-Atlas 9 lifts off from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida
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View from space featuring the Lake Michigan area
View from space featuring the Lake Michigan area
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Illustration of Earths horizon
Illustration of Earths horizon
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Spaceships used by different alien races are scattered throughout the galaxy
Spaceships used by different alien races are scattered throughout the galaxy
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Voyager spacecraft near Jupiter and its unrecognized ring
Voyager spacecraft near Jupiter and its unrecognized ring
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Asteroid Lander departs from Deep Space Vehicle
Asteroid Lander departs from Deep Space Vehicle
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Orion module in orbit above Earth
Orion module in orbit above Earth
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A command module begins a close approach to Phobos
A command module begins a close approach to Phobos
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NASAs Curiosity Mars rover on planet Mars
NASAs Curiosity Mars rover on planet Mars
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The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer in the grasp of a robotic arm
The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer in the grasp of a robotic arm
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Earths limb at sunset
Earths limb at sunset
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