Made in Space

Building a house on Mars and other out of this world ideas are already in development on earth at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and other small companies like Made in Space.

In December, 2014, on the International Space Station, astronaut Barry Wilmore opened up a 3D printer, launched a year earlier, and pulled out a part designed by Made in Space, a ratchet wrench. NASA demonstrates how it works back on earth.

Flexible doesn't have to mean flimsy. Think of a tree bending in a wind gust or a bird flying into a headwind. Soon Air Force planes will be outfitted with wing flaps that morph to make them more fuel efficient and quieter.

  In 1977, NASA launched two space probes, Voyager 1 and 2. Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to exit the solar system in 2013, and Voyager 2 should follow this year. It is the only spacecraft to have visited all four giant outer planets in the solar system, and is NASA's longest-running mission.

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At a media unveiling Wednesday UC researchers spelled out the specifics of the agreement with NASA. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA's Ames Research Center in California, clears the way for collaboration in four key areas:

  • Intelligent Systems and Structures (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Nanomedicine and Biomedicine
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Analytics and Cyber Security

UC students will also have access to the Ames wind tunnel, the largest in the world.

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The U.S. Navy is naming its newest research vessel after the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. The R/V Neil Armstrong is the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship.

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A family spokeswoman confirms Neil Armstrong will be buried at sea. However she did not release details about the time and location.

A private service for the first man on the moon was held in Indian Hill last week. On September 13th the public will get a chance to remember Armstrong in Washington.  The 10a.m. service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral and will be broadcast on NASA television and streamed on the websites of the space agency and  the cathedral. Reservations  to attend the memorial are through NASA on a first-come basis.


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 Hundreds of people remembered the first man on the moon today. Astronaut Neil Armstrong died nearly a week ago and his funeral was in Indian Hill. 

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden called the funeral at the Camargo Club beautiful and emotional. He said Neil Armstrong, an extremely private person wouldn't have wanted the attention, but would have approved of the fighter jet fly-over after the service. He called Armstrong the embodiment of everything the nation is about and said it's incumbent to live up to his legacy.

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Dayton may have been passed over to receive a space shuttle but the National Museum of the United States Air Force now has the next best thing. For more than 30 years Crew Compartment Trainer One was used to teach astronauts how to fly orbiters and operate equipment in space. Astronaut Greg Johnson was on hand Wednesday as CCT-1 arrived on the NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Johnson says he spent almost more time in the trainer than in actual space.