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Why the Private Mission to the International Space Station Is a Gamechanger

The crew consisting of pilot Larry Connor of the United States, commander Michael López-Alegría of Spain and the United States, and mission specialists Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe from Canada and Israel. Axiom Space It’s not long since billionaires were competing to get to the “edge of space”. Now, the first set of private citizens are getting ready to take a SpaceX shuttle up to the International Space Station (ISS). Unlike the short “ joyrides ” of Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, this mission will be reaching the roughly 400km altitude needed to dock with the ISS. The mission by the US commercial aerospace company Axiom Space is a major step forward in private space travel, and is part of a plan to build a private space station. With Russia recently pulling out of collaborating on the ISS, the world will be watching to see whether the private sector can be trusted to provide reliable access to space for peaceful exploration. The Ax-1 mission is

NASA's Mega-Rocket, SLS Is Set to Roll out Humans and Cargo in Deep Space

NASA's new gigantic rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), was brought to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 17, 2022, for rehearsal to the moon. NASA's Artemis Program which aims to put the first woman and the first person of colour on the moon designed SLS to carry cargo and people into deep space. Image credit: NASA/ Wikimedia Commons The Making Of SLS The Space Launch System was approved in 2010 and initially scheduled to fly as early as 2017. But, it could not make its flight due to insufficient funds. The cost of the first four flights of the rocket was $4.1 billion each. Hence, the NASA team cancelled the launch of SLS in favour of cost-efficient and fast funding alternatives to deep space. Prior to the SLS, NASA was using multiple programs for human spaceflight. Previous NASA spaceflight programs such as the Space Shuttle and Constellation came to an end due to financial constraints. Thus, the Obama Administration promoted the private sector to develo

A Recent SpaceX Resupply Mission Sent P&G's Laundry Detergent and a Skin Printer to Space

Photo by  SpaceX  from  Pexels On a recent resupply mission, SpaceX's-Dragon spacecraft carried numerous important items for scientific research to the International Space Station (ISS) . The Dragon spacecraft separated from Falcon 9 and landed autonomously on the space station on Wednesday, December 22 2021, around 4:30 a.m., and will remain there for a month. Among the 6500 pounds of materials that the spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida were supplies for the crew, a skin bioprinter, and even a detergent . Skin Bioprinting Bandages Skin bioprinting is a new approach for creating artificial skin from natural and synthetic building blocks. This process uses biological molecules and cell viability (a measure of live and healthy cells in a population) to print tissue structures. Skin reconstruction via burns is one of the applications of bioprinting that has been developing in the past years. However, it still needs a large bioprinter to print a tissue, allow

Can we really colonize Mars?

Artist's depiction of a colony on Mars Image Source:  Contrary to the scare that comes along with the thought that aliens might be interested in visiting our planet, humans , as a race, are quite enthusiastic when it comes to possibilities of inhabiting other planets in our solar system.  Whether we are eager to do this, in the name of science, or probably to quench our age old traits of conquering newer lands (something that is no longer an option on Earth ), is matter of debate. But since, most people agree to this thought of colonizing other planets, we thought we could scientifically discuss, whether this was really possible.  First and foremost, where do we go?  Before we can decide what we would really need on this campaign for colonization, we need to first decide, where we need to go. Do, we go towards the Sun or away from it? Or do we just pick up the nearest planet to the Earth and start our preparations? We can simply look at our immedia

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