LiftPort headed by former NASA researcher Michael Laine, believes that a space elevator to the moon will be possible in the near future. The idea in a nutshell, a “paper-thin Ribbon that is 5m wide and ~100,000km long. The far end is deep out in space and attached to a man-made counterweight. The near end is held to the Earth on a large (3 cruise-ship sized) anchor station.” Oh also, the ribbon would be climbed by lifter vehicles powered from the ground via lasers. Awesome!
Current breakthroughs in technology make it possible to build an elevator on the moon today which will help bridge the gap for the future. LiftPort set up a Kickstarter campaign to obtain an initial $8k in funding to get the ball rolling, but due to overwhelming enthusiasm the campaign ended up receiving over $110 thousand in funding.
The first phase involves building an elevator on the moon instead of the earth as ”It is significantly easier, and much much cheaper. Importantly – we can build it with current technology – in about eight years.”
NASA is one of those rare agencies that can do just about anything they want, for no better reason than just because they can. Their latest project involves a satellite the size of a coffee mug. One that is powered by a smartphone. These mini satellites are powered by Google’s Nexus One smartphones. It’s a part of the PhoneSat Project. The idea is to use commercial-off-the-shelf components, like for instance a smart phone. They plan to launch these tiny satellites pretty often, the power source is plentiful and each satellite has a low cost at just $3,500. The smartphones will act as the satellites on-board computer. That’s one novel way to make satellites cheaper.
Located in Brussels, Belgium is ‘Nemo 33’, a diving center accommodating the world’s deepest swimming pool. The pool, filled with 2,500,000 liters of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water, has two large flat-bottomed areas reaching depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit plunging to a distance of 33m (108 ft). The water is kept at a temperature of 30°C (86°F) and features numerous simulated underwater caves at the 10m mark,
as well as various submerged windows that encourage outside visitors to look into the structure at different depths.
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