Megan Ray Nichols, Author at CosmoBC.com http://cosmobc.com/author/megan-ray-nichols/ Your Universal News and Offbeat Portal Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:00:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.1 What Experiments Did Scientists Conduct on the ISS? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/12/04/experiments-scientists-conduct-iss/ Sat, 05 Dec 2020 00:08:12 +0000 http://10.8048 International Space StationHumanity has watched the International Space Station orbit this little blue marble for the last 20 years, as of November 2020. This modern marvel has seen hundreds of astronauts and been home to thousands of scientific experiments. The ISS provides … Continue reading

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Here’s How NASA Chose the First Astronauts to Walk on the Moon http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/08/22/nasa-chose-astronauts-walk-moon/ Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:26:30 +0000 http://10.8009 Moon Landing ApolloRight now, everyone is thinking about the moon — how we’re going to get there, when the next set of astronauts from the Artemis missions will land and whether President Trump seriously thinks we’re going to mine our nearest satellite … Continue reading

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What is Celestial Navigation? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/06/29/celestial-navigation/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:24:27 +0000 http://10.7995 Celestial Navigation Stars Ship GpsWe’ve been dreaming of the stars for longer than we can remember, staring up at the twinkling lights that fill the night sky and wondering what they are. We’ve even written songs about them. Centuries ago, before the advent of … Continue reading

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Common Tools Used to Gather Data in Space http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/04/24/common-tools-gather-data-space/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:26:36 +0000 http://10.7982 Hubble TelescopeAs a species, we’re working on expanding our horizons — literally — by making our first forays into outer space. In the next decade, we’re hoping to have people living permanently on the Moon and may even be making the … Continue reading

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Did You Know Polyurethane Foam Made the Space Shuttle Possible? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/03/06/polyurethane-foam-space-shuttle-possible/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:05:41 +0000 http://10.7971 Iss Space StationSometimes it’s all in the details. Something as simple as polyurethane (PU) foam made the modern space shuttle a possibility. This crucial material opened up a range of new options for spacecraft, as well as everyday objects. Polyurethane is a … Continue reading

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NASA Commissions a New Module for the Space Station http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/02/24/nasa-commissions-module-space-station/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:31:26 +0000 http://10.7960 Northern Lights Iss SatelliteThe International Space Station has been in orbit since the first component was launched in 1998, with the first crew arriving in 2000. It’s been in orbit for nearly 22 years and until recently, it seemed like the funding that … Continue reading

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What Is LightSail and How Does It Work? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/12/23/lightsail-work/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 17:13:45 +0000 http://10.7949 Sunjammer Solar Sail PrototypeScience fiction has provided us with a lot of ideas for technology that have slowly become reality. Just look at the smartphone in your pocket. More than half a century ago, Star Trek gave us the idea of portable communicators … Continue reading

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Why Do Scientists Want to Make a 3D Map of the World? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/11/07/scientists-3d-map-world/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:27:33 +0000 http://10.7908 Earth Globe 3DHumans have been creating maps since we started exploring the world, giving us the tools to find our way home and explore the unknown. We’ve come a long way since explorers marked unknown areas with “Here there be dragons” — … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Photographs of Celestial Objects http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/07/29/top-10-photographs-celestial-objects/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:12:30 +0000 http://10.7895 Phobos Viking 1NASA has provided us with stunning photos over the years, featuring everything from stars and planets to nebulae and even distant galaxies, using telescopes here at home as well as probes orbiting our planet and exploring distant corners of the … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between LEO, MEO and GEO Satellites? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/06/01/difference-leo-meo-geo-satellites/ Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:36:13 +0000 http://10.7886 Earth SatellitesAs of the beginning of 2019, nearly 5,000 satellites are orbiting our planet — more, since SpaceX just launched 60 Starlink communications satellites in one monumental event. With so many orbiting bodies circling the Earth, it’s a miracle they don’t … Continue reading

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83 Black Holes Found at the Edge of the Universe http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/04/11/83-black-holes-edge-universe/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 21:46:53 +0000 http://10.7875 Black HoleInternational astronomers have made an incredible discovery recently that many may not see the significance of right away. Astronomers discovered 83 supermassive black holes on the edge of the universe. There’s a lot to unpack from that simple statement, but … Continue reading

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Why Did Lunar Outpost Design Small Rovers for the Moon? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/01/30/lunar-outpost-design-small-rovers-moon/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:43:26 +0000 http://10.7867 Change 4 Chinese Moon RoverIt’s been a long time since we’ve sent people to the moon. The last human being set foot on our satellite in 1972 and though China has sent probes to the dark side of the Moon, no humans have visited … Continue reading

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Exciting Future Uses of Textiles in Space http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/11/28/exciting-future-textiles-space/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 19:22:36 +0000 http://10.7859 Fabric TextileWhen we think about space-age technology and exploring the Cosmos, we usually think of metals, foils and ceramics. But what about textiles? As many NASA engineers can tell you, textiles have always been an unsung hero in the world of … Continue reading

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TESS Space Telescope Discovers First Exoplanet http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/10/17/tess-space-telescope-discovers-exoplanet/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:06:53 +0000 http://10.7844 TESS Space TelescopeThe TESS space telescope was launched on April 18, 2018, sitting atop a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. This telescope, which is short for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is designed to scan the night sky in search of one … Continue reading

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What’s on the Menu for Astronauts? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/07/19/menu-astronauts/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:18:05 +0000 http://10.7832 Skylab Astronauts FoodWhen you think of eating food in space, what foods come to mind? Chances are, it’s that freeze-dried ice cream that you tried once as a kid during a science field trip, right? During the early part of the space … Continue reading

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Why Does the Advisory Committee Want a Smaller ISS Crew? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/06/10/advisory-committee-smaller-iss-crew/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:39:15 +0000 http://10.7820 International Space StationThere are currently six astronauts on the International Space Station right now — three from the United States, two from Russia and one from Japan. You can use this website to see who they are and how many days they’ve … Continue reading

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The ESA Just Released the Most Comprehensive Image of the Milky Way http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/04/28/esa-released-comprehensive-image-milky/ Sat, 28 Apr 2018 20:44:50 +0000 http://10.7810 Milky Way Night SkyOn a clear night, we can look up at the night sky and see our galaxy – The Milky Way – spinning away in the blackness. Even with the naked eye, it’s a magnificent sight to behold, but we can’t … Continue reading

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How Do Spacecraft Withstand Re-Entry into Earth’s Atmosphere? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/03/27/spacecraft-withstand-re-entry-earths-atmosphere/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:48:17 +0000 http://10.7785 Rocket LaunchIf you’re lucky when you look up in the sky at night, you might see a shooting star. As you’re making your wish, what you’re actually seeing is a small piece of rock or space junk burning up in the … Continue reading

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How Does Space Fever Affect an Astronaut’s Health? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/02/17/space-fever-affect-astronauts-health/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:43:13 +0000 http://10.7768 Astronaut ISSWe’ve been sending men and women into space since the late 1960s, and we’ve spent the better part of the last 60 years studying the effect that space travel has on the human body. Recently, we’ve discovered a new and … Continue reading

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Does Space Tourism Have Health Risks? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/12/23/space-tourism-health-risks/ Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:53:04 +0000 http://10.7756 International Space Station CupolaUntil recently, the idea of traveling to space was restricted to highly trained, healthy and strong individuals called astronauts. If you had any health problems, even something simple like flat feet or glasses could keep you out of the space … Continue reading

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The ESA’s New Satellite Is Nearly Ready for Launch http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/27/esas-satellite-ready-launch/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:45:06 +0000 http://10.7734 Earth Space ViewAfter years of development and testing, the Aeolus satellite is almost ready for deployment. The spacecraft is being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is expected to launch in January 2018, less than two months from now. One … Continue reading

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Intermediate Black Hole Could Explain Black Hole Evolution http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/06/intermediate-black-hole-explain-black-hole-evolution/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:59:41 +0000 http://10.7718 Black Hole. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.Black holes are one of the most terrifying things in the universe. It shows the real power of gravity, which is usually a relatively weak force when it grows large enough. Eventually, it becomes sufficient to control entire galaxies. But … Continue reading

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Delayed Launch: Heinrich Hertz Satellite to Launch in 2021 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/08/05/delayed-launch-heinrich-hertz-satellite-launch-2021/ Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:52:45 +0000 http://10.7698 Satellite SpaceThe German Aerospace Center (DLR) officially signed a contract with OHB Systems to develop and launch the Heinrich Hertz Satellite on June 28. It’s currently expected to be completed and ready for takeoff in 2021, after costing Germans approximately €310.5 … Continue reading

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How Will the Internet of Things Change Space Exploration? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/17/internet-change-space-exploration/ Wed, 17 May 2017 20:04:17 +0000 http://10.7668 Satellite Space EarthThe Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change our world immensely. It will present new opportunities, as well as new challenges. IoT refers to the idea of connecting virtually any electronic device to the Internet and connecting them … Continue reading

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NASA Will Soon Decide If Changing Juno’s Course is Best http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/02/04/nasa-decide-changing-junos/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:35:16 +0000 http://10.7416 Jupiter JunoJupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods, and with its massive size, it definitely holds the title of king of the Solar System. NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around the gas giant in July of 2016. Due … Continue reading

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Space Technology Will Protect the Vatican’s Treasures http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/12/10/space-technology-protect-vaticans-treasures/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:06:07 +0000 http://10.7407 VaticanNew space technology isn’t just for traveling into the cosmos — these innovations have applications on earth, as well. Here’s a sampling: Space shuttle astronauts use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to grow plants. A medical device that relieves muscle and joint … Continue reading

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Inside the Monster Rocket to Mars: How Did NASA Build and Fund the SLS? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/11/monster-rocket-mars-nasa-build-fund-sls/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:59:35 +0000 http://10.7369 Mars Planet AtmosphereWant to go to Mars? You’ll have to fly there on a monster. Fortunately, this monster is being designed to carry and care for humans, not eat them! A Space Launch System, or SLS, is actually not a new idea, … Continue reading

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NASA Called College Students to Develop an Inflatable Heat Shield http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/16/nasa-called-college-students-develop-inflatable-heat-shield/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:28:26 +0000 http://10.7062 NASA Heat Shield Technology. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. License: CC BY 2.0.Who is NASA going to hire to create a vital component for an upcoming Mars mission? None other than the bright minds of our future – college and university students. That’s right! NASA’s Game Changing Development Program gave college students … Continue reading

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Preparing For Launch: An Update on JWST http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/25/preparing-launch-update-jwst/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:22:32 +0000 http://10.7045 James Webb Space TelescopeMove over, Hubble! NASA's currently in the middle of building Hubble's successor as we speak. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWTS) will help astronomers understand the history of the universe using infrared technology and a mirror coated in 24-karat gold! To discover how these function, read on, and prepare to launch! Continue reading

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