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A biological polymer could be the perfect material to build tools and shelters on Mars

a biological polymer could be the perfect material to build tools and shelters on mars

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Chitin, an organic polymer found in the cell walls of fungi, the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects, and the scales of fish, could potentially be used as a building material by human settlers on Mars, researchers say.

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With plans to revisit the lunar surface and eventually send a crewed mission to the Red Planet, future space exploration missions are likely to involve an extended stay. Any brave souls wishing to take on such an endeavour are going to need a reliable building material to construct tools and shelters.
A team led by Javier Fernandez at Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a simple manufacturing technology based on chitin which uses basic chemistry suitable for early Martian settlement to extract and manufacture a new material with minimal energy requirements and without specialised equipment.

“Against the general perception, bioinspired manufacturing and sustainable materials are not a substituting technology for synthetic polymers, but an enabling technology defining a new paradigm in manufacturing, and allowing to do things that are unachievable by the synthetic counterparts. Here we have demonstrated that they are key not only for our sustainability on Earth but also for one of the next biggest achievements of humanity: …

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ANA, Pola Orbis to develop cosmetics for use in outer space by 2023

ana, pola orbis to develop cosmetics for use in outer space by 2023

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ANA Holdings Inc. has launched a joint project with cosmetics manufacturer Pola Orbis Holdings Inc. to develop the world’s first-ever space-friendly cosmetics line by 2023.
With both companies holding high hopes for the rapidly developing field of space travel, they said the project, dubbed CosmoSkin, aims to create cosmetics that feel comfortable on the skin even in the extremely dry and zero gravity conditions of space.

International Space Station pictured in October 2018. (Photo courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)(Kyodo)

ANA will provide aircraft, which can best simulate humidity levels and other conditions aboard a spacecraft, to carry out experiments to develop the products.
“This partnership with Pola Orbis group is a step in a bold new direction as we seek to bring the comfort and convenience of ANA beyond Earth and into the final frontier,” the airline operator said in a press release.
Naoko Yamazaki, a former Japanese astronaut and the second Japanese woman in space, and Yusuke Murakami, a field architect researching extreme living environments, were guests in the online joint press conference held Sept. 11 to announce the project’s launch.
The collaboration comes at a time when the reality of commercial space tourism is on the horizon.

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In brief | West Hawaii Today

in brief | west hawaii today

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Keck Observatory announces upcoming astronomy talk
Keck’s next virtual Public Astronomy Talk will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and will feature Wen-Fai Fong, assistant professor of Northwestern University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, in a discussion titled “Illuminating the Origins of the Universe’s Fastest Explosions.”

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When we look at the night sky, we see a static universe. However, astronomical observational surveys have revealed that our universe is, in fact, ever-changing. This “transient” sky is owed to a myriad of cosmic events. While many sources of transient emission have been traced to their origins, there are a few classes of cosmic explosions which have thus far eluded us. In this talk, Fong will discuss two classes of captivating contributors to our dynamic sky which occur in the blink of an eye: short gamma-ray bursts and fast radio bursts. She will also describe how she uses time-critical observations in the race to understand their origins. These events represent unique laboratories to study the launching of powerful jets, the production of heavy elements, the emission of gravitational waves, and most importantly, the unknown.
The talk will be streamed online and can be accessed via Keck’s website at …

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The Space Court Foundation is Now in Session! – Universe Today

the space court foundation is now in session! – universe today

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With the closing of the Apollo Era, the priorities of the world’s space agencies began to shift. Having spent the past two decades racing to send astronauts to orbit and to the Moon, the focus now changed towards developing the technologies needed to stay there. A new era of international cooperation, space stations, and partnerships between space agencies and commercial industry is what followed.
In the near future, things are expected to become even more interesting, with plans for the commercialization of Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the mining of Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and the establishment of a permanent human presence on the Moon. Beyond the logistical and technical challenges this poses, there’s been no shortage of concern about the legal issues and implications this will raise as well.
To this end, a group of legal scholars and space experts recently came together to form the Space Court Foundation (SCF), a non-profit educational organization created to foster a conversation about these and other related space issues. By beginning the conversation now, they hope, the public will be able to play an active role in the burgeoning and evolving domain known as “space law.”

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Registration open for Women in Space Exploration series | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

registration open for women in space exploration series | hawaii tribune-herald

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Explore the world of human and robotic space exploration with leading female scientists, engineers and explorers during the Women in Space Exploration Talk Series at Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.
The series is planned daily from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 5-10 and will include discussions, Q&A sessions and presentations by leading women in space exploration missions and research.

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The event is free and open to the public. Young women, those 25 and younger, will get priority during the question-and-answer sessions.
Where could humans survive and thrive beyond Earth?
Is there or was there once life on other planets in our solar system?
What’s the next Mars rover sending back to Earth?

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Find out the answers to these questions and more during this series of virtual programming.
To register for the series, visit http://pacificspacecenter.com/wisetalks/.

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NASA is filming an Estée Lauder ad on the International Space Station

nasa is filming an estée lauder ad on the international space station

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Estée Lauder teams up with NASA to shoot a commercial aboard the International Space Station that will debut its new skincare serumBottles of a new Estée Lauder skincare serum will arrive on the ISS this monthNASA astronauts will film the items in microgravity for an ad campaignThe astronauts are not allowed to appear in the spot itselfNASA allocated 5 percent of the ISS’s annual payload to commercial activities Possible projects include an Adidas partnerships and a reality show winner on the station in 2030By Dan Avery For Dailymail.com Published: 18:53 EDT, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 18:54 EDT, 17 September 2020 As private companies move into the spaceship business, NASA is gearing up to film its first commercial ad campaign on the International Space Station.Up to ten bottles of a new Estée Lauder skincare serum will arrive at the space station later this month.NASA astronauts are expected to film them in the station’s microgravity environment, with the makeup company using footage in advertising campaigns.The product is a new version of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair skin serum, CNN reports, expected to launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft along with 8,000 more pounds of cargo.Agency policy prohibits astronauts from actually appearing in any ads …

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