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Dr. Kenneth F. Harris II

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Acknowledged by Forbes Magazine amongst the world’s youngest and most impactful individuals in the field of science, Dr. Kenneth Harris II is a renowned leader in the field of technology and an advocate for education. With over 16 years of experience Dr. Harris has spearheaded numerous projects and initiatives, operated both on and off our planet. Dr. Harris is currently the CEO of Promethium, a green nanotechnology company, dedicated to developing sustainable, and innovative solutions for improved human health. Dr. Harris also serves as an elected member of Maryland's second-largest school district, serving a diverse population of 133,000 students and 20,000 educators, continuously dedicated to improving education and providing opportunities.

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Behind the Scenes with a NASA Engineer • Kenneth Harris II • GOTO 2021
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Behind the Scenes with a NASA Engineer • Kenneth Harris II • GOTO 2021

This interview was recorded at GOTO Copenhagen for GOTO Unscripted. #GOTOcon #GOTOunscripted #GOTOcph https://gotopia.tech Read the full transcription of this interview here: https://gotopia.tech/articles/behind-the-scenes-with-a-nasa-engineer Kenneth Harris II - Senior Satellite Engineer & Forbes Magazine '30 Under 30 Science' Honoree @kennethharrisii5351 Preben Thorø - CTO of Trifork Switzerland RESOURCES https://twitter.com/kennyfharris https://linkedin.com/in/kenneth-harris-ii https://www.kennethfharris.com https://www.instagram.com/kennyfharris DESCRIPTION Kenneth Harris II shares his journey to becoming an engineer at NASA and why learning to fail is a key cornerstone of their culture. Find out what exciting projects follow the well-known Hubble Telescope. TIMECODES 00:00 Intro 01:57 How did it all start? 04:30 Fail early and fail fast 09:43 Writing history: James Webb Space Telescope 14:43 Outro RECOMMENDED BOOKS NASA • NASA Systems Engineering Handbook • https://amzn.to/3FWjqhR Bernice Kastner • Space Mathematics • https://amzn.to/3oQCDKF Kellie Gerardi • Not Necessarily Rocket Science • https://amzn.to/3CW4HS9 Piers Bizony & Roger D. Launius • NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary • https://amzn.to/3xgsNWh https://twitter.com/GOTOcon https://www.linkedin.com/company/goto- https://www.facebook.com/GOTOConferences #NASA #Space #SpaceTravel #JamesWebb #SpaceTelescope #Hubble #JamesWebbSpaceTelescope #JamesWebbTelescope #Forbes30under30 #Forbes #Science #RocketScience Looking for a unique learning experience? Attend the next GOTO conference near you! Get your ticket at https://gotopia.tech SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL - new videos posted almost daily. https://www.youtube.com/user/GotoConferences/?sub_confirmation=1
How James Webb Will Give Us Our Best View Of the Universe Yet
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How James Webb Will Give Us Our Best View Of the Universe Yet

Space is actually FULL of dust — we're talking about pillars of dust extending over a BILLION kilometers in size. So how exactly are orbiting observatories like the James Webb Space Telescope able to see anything? » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker (then hit the little 🔔 icon and select "all.") » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com Alright, first let's go over the basics of what cosmic dust actually is. In contrast to your typical household dust bunnies, cosmic dust is a collection of extremely tiny solid matter particles drifting around in space. And I mean really, really, really small. Like just a few molecules across. You may be wondering: how much dust is there in the universe...and where did it even come from?! So here's the thing—astronomers don't exactly know the answers to these questions. BUT they do know that around 4,700 metric tons of dust falls onto Earth every year. AND they know that supernovas played a huge part in its production and distribution. All the light that gets absorbed or scattered by the dust clouds makes stars tucked behind them seem more red and faint. This means that the average human eye looking through a regular old telescope is no match for a dust cloud since most of the light reaching that telescope will be outside the visible light spectrum. But now astronomers want to see in even greater detail. And this is where the James Webb Space Telescope comes into play. #JWST #jameswebbtelescope #astronomy #space #seeker #science Read More: 5,200 tons of space dust falls on Earth each year, study finds https://www.space.com/extraterrestrial-dust-falls-on-earth "The culprit for a majority (around 80%) of this interplanetary dust is the Jupiter family comets. These cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust primarily originate in the Kuiper Belt, just beyond the orbit of Neptune." What Dust From Space Tells Us About Ourselves https://www.quantamagazine.org/matt-genge-uses-dust-from-space-to-tell-the-story-of-the-solar-system-20210204/ "For a century, scientists thought that the strange spherules found on the seafloor had dripped off the molten surfaces of larger meteors as they crashed through the atmosphere. In fact, cosmic dust floats here from space rocks hundreds of millions of miles away, bearing tiny messages." Cosmic dust that formed our planets traced to giant stars https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130133415.htm "Our Solar System is believed to have formed from such a cloud around 4.6 billion years ago, the team says. While most of the grains were destroyed in the process of making new rocks and planets, a small fraction survived and is present in meteorites." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested in the compelling, innovative, and groundbreaking science that's happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
NASA’s Next Lunar Rover Could Transform How We Study the Moon
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NASA’s Next Lunar Rover Could Transform How We Study the Moon

NASA’s Artemis program has teamed up with Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency to create the next generation lunar vehicle — one that is being described as an 'RV for the moon.' » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com In the late 2000’s, NASA proposed a concept for a futuristic space vehicle known as the Lunar Electric Rover or LER. It was set to be the first pressurized, 6 wheel omni-drive lunar vehicle enabling astronauts to go on longer research exploration missions. It was customized with a mobile workspace and [7] other really cool features like a shower and a Suitport allowing the astronauts to get in their space suits from inside the vehicle. This was implemented because lunar surface contamination was a real issue in the Apollo program and sometimes dust could damage the instruments or even get into an astronaut’s lungs. The LER prototype made a public appearance at the Obama inauguration as well as performed several test runs in the Arizona desert. It seemed to hit everything we were looking for, distance, energy efficiency, and adaptability. However, the LER never actually made it to the moon, the program was canceled in 2010 as a part of the larger Constellation Program because of delays and over spending. Now, let’s start talking about the new and improved vision from JEDI. Not only does this agreement bring two major players to the table, but it also describes the plans for both Lunar Gateway and lunar surface exploration. This is a huge accomplishment considering JAXA has already begun developing a self-driving, pressurized lunar rover, with the help of a major car company. #NASA #space #moon #Japan #RV #seeker #science #elements Read More: NASA’s first lunar habitat may be an RV-like rover built by Toyota https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/nasas-first-lunar-habitat-may-be-an-rv-like-rover-built-by-toyota/ "A senior lunar scientist who participated in the meeting, Notre Dame's Clive Neal, said the announcement that Japan would now lead the development of a pressurized habitat on the Moon came as a surprise." NASA Artemis RV-style lunar rover could be first moon 'base' https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/nasa-artemis-lunar-rover-like-rv-for-the-moon "Having a place to camp out on the lunar surface — even for a couple of weeks — would mark NASA’s first step toward setting up a longer-term base on the moon. And, let’s face it: it also just sounds plain awesome." Driving on the Moon: The 40-Year Legacy of NASA's First Lunar Car https://www.space.com/12482-moon-car-lunar-rover-apollo-15-legacy.html "In the decades since the end of the Apollo program, engineers have looked to the LRVs for cues on how to develop current and future manned and robotic rovers." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested in all the compelling, innovative, and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II • GOTO 2020
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An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II • GOTO 2020

This presentation was recorded at GOTOpia Europe 2020. #GOTOcon #GOTOpia http://gotopia.eu Kenneth Harris II - Senior Satellite Engineer @kennethharrisii5351 RESOURCES https://twitter.com/kennyfharris https://linkedin.com/in/kenneth-harris-ii https://www.kennethfharris.com https://www.instagram.com/kennyfharris ABSTRACT We built a time machine. The incredible James Webb Space Telescope is said to study light from some of the first stars. Giving scientists a cutting edge observatory 2 million miles from Earth! But what did it take to build this incredible satellite? What does it take to build any of these phenomenal satellites at NASA and other agencies. Senior Engineer, Kenneth Harris has been working on missions at NASA since he was 16 years old. Completing everything from radiation testing to full scale integration. Now 12 years and 6 missions later he’s here to share what skills he still uses from his early education, what the future of engineering will look like and how you can empower the future generation of explorers. Join us for a powerful keynote that will leave you anxious to not only advance your career but to look for the next great explorer [...] Read the full abstract here: https://gotopia.eu/2020/sessions/1477/an-average-working-day-on-visionary-nasa-projects https://twitter.com/GOTOcon https://www.linkedin.com/company/goto- https://www.facebook.com/GOTOConferences #NASA #Satellites #JamesWebb #SpaceTelescope #CareerAdvice Looking for a unique learning experience? Attend the next GOTO conference near you! Get your ticket at http://gotocon.com SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL - new videos posted almost daily. https://www.youtube.com/user/GotoConferences/?sub_confirmation=1
SpaceX’s New Rocket Fuel Could Help Us Finally Launch Humans to Mars
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SpaceX’s New Rocket Fuel Could Help Us Finally Launch Humans to Mars

From the International Space Station to Mars — SpaceX is developing a new kind of rocket propellant that could push the limits of space travel further than ever before. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com RP-1 had some drawbacks that are leading SpaceX scientists to look at a different propellant, which could be used specifically for Mars exploration. Enter the SpaceX Raptor engine and it’s next generation propellant. This engine uses a combination of liquid methane and liquid oxygen to create, in my opinion, the perfect mixture for a reusable vehicle on Mars. Not only is this an efficient fuel, but we can easily create it using resources found on the Red Planet. Which is great, because one of SpaceX’s main goals is to create a system that can take humans to Mars and back. Both methane and CO2 could be extracted from the atmosphere using solar power, and water could be mined near the surface of Mars using wells. And when compared to RP-1, methane has a higher Specific Impulse, a cooler combustion temperature, and prevents coking, or the buildup of deposits in the engine. #spacex #mars #space #science #seeker #elements Read More: Why the next generation of rockets will be powered by methane https://australiascience.tv/why-the-next-generation-of-rockets-will-be-powered-by-methane/ "After a century of rocket fuel research that has looked at everything from RP-1 to hydrogen to paraffin, the industry is turning to a surprising new source – methane natural gas. One of the most abundant chemicals on our planet, methane is finally enjoying the spotlight." SpaceX Starship's Raptor engine just reached all-new power levels https://www.inverse.com/innovation/spacex-starships-engine-new-power-levels "The Raptor engine uses liquid oxygen and methane, unlike the Merlin engine fueled by rocket propellant that powers the Falcon 9. That, combined with the Starship's fully-reusable design, means humans can travel to Mars, harvest the planet's resources, and use that to fuel the return trip." First liquid-fueled rocket https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-liquid-fueled-rocket "Goddard, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1882, became fascinated with the idea of space travel after reading the H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel War of the Worlds in 1898." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
What We Lost When the Arecibo Observatory Collapsed
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What We Lost When the Arecibo Observatory Collapsed

The Arecibo telescope, an icon in radio astronomy, has collapsed. Here's the legacy it leaves behind. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com The destruction of this iconic observatory was due to multiple cable malfunctions. The National Science Foundation hasn’t given any further details about the fall, but we do know that at the beginning of November 2020 they’d actually been discussing plans to safely decommission the observatory by gently lowering the central platform. But unfortunately, nature had other plans. Luckily, no one was harmed in the collapse of the observatory, but sadly this ends an era of space exploration. The initial idea for Arecibo actually started in the 1950s by Professor William Gordon from Cornell University. Gordon had the desire to study the ionosphere, which is the layer of our Earth’s atmosphere that can reflect radio waves. The funding for this revolutionary project came from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA in 1959, when Cornell University signed a contract to conduct development studies centered around large-scale radar probes. Four years later in 1963, construction was completed in the limestone hills of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The completed project featured a 817-metric-ton equipment platform, which was suspended over 152 meters above its massive 305 meter spherical reflector. Making it the world’s largest single radio telescope. Well, until 2016 when China developed its own single radio telescope called the Five-Hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope or FAST. #arecibotelescope #arecibocollapse #seeker #science Read More: Arecibo Observatory Telescope Collapses, Ending Era Of World-Class Research https://www.npr.org/2020/12/01/940767001/arecibo-observatory-telescope-collapses-ending-an-era-of-world-class-research "Arecibo's 900-ton equipment platform, suspended some 500 feet above the dish, fell overnight after the last of its healthy support cables failed to keep it in place." Arecibo telescope collapses, ending 57-year run https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/arecibo-telescope-collapses-ending-57-year-run "'I feel sick in my stomach,' Lugo says, fighting back tears. '“Truthfully, it was a lot of hard work by a lot of people trying to restore this facility. It’s disappointing we weren’t successful. It’s really a hard morning.'" Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy https://www.sciencenews.org/article/arecibo-telescope-collapse-loss-big-deal-astronomy-video "Arecibo’s observing days may be over, but that doesn’t mean data from the telescope won’t make any more contributions to science, Schmelz says. Some of radio astronomy’s most exciting discoveries have emerged from the reanalysis of old telescope data." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
How These Scientists Are Turning X-Ray Vision Into a Reality
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How These Scientists Are Turning X-Ray Vision Into a Reality

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see through walls? Well, researchers at Stanford University might have just cracked the code on this superpower. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com CDT is a process that uses a single-photon avalanche diode and pulsed laser systems to effectively see through a medium. With a short pulse of light, a laser illuminates a point on a surface. From here, the light diffuses through the foam and onto the surface of your targeted object on the opposite side. The light from the laser then bounces off the surface of the object and diffuses once again back through the foam and returns to the original point the laser was illuminated. Researchers then used a processing algorithm and their collected data points to produce a histogram. Which will show the photon count along the y-axis and time along the x-axis. Through these data points, this helps give researchers their first glimpse of what’s on the other side! But that’s just the first step, in order to get a 3D image this process is done multiple times by scanning a series of points on a grid through a process which the team calls confocal scanning. These data points then work together to effectively create a blurry map. Using this, researchers can then apply a specific set of algorithms and light filters to reconstruct the completed 3D image of the targeted object. And the best part about it is that although this might seem like a really long process, this team is able to completely restructure an image in as little as 0.3 seconds! #x-rays #x-rayvision #3Dimages #seeker #science #elements Read More: “This is really something where we make the invisible visible” https://engineering.stanford.edu/magazine/article/really-something-where-we-make-invisible-visible "Using a new algorithm, a team of researchers have reconstructed the movements of individual particles of light to see through clouds, fog and other obstructions. Imaging Through Scattering Media http://www.computationalimaging.org/publications/confocal-diffuse-tomography/ "A new computationally efficient method to recover the 3D shape of objects hidden behind a thick scattering layer." Seeing Through Walls? The New Tech U.S. Special Forces Want https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/seeing-through-walls-new-tech-us-special-forces-want-102932 "U.S. Special Operations Command want a detector that can quickly spot where the loot is hidden. The goal of the research project is to develop a handheld device that can detect hidden chambers in an average-sized room and at a range of about 6.5 feet during sensitive site exploitation operations. ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
There May Be 300 Million Earths in Our Galaxy Waiting to Be Found
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There May Be 300 Million Earths in Our Galaxy Waiting to Be Found

How many Earths could there really be in our galaxy? A team of 44 astronomers have landed on what they say is the definitive answer —at least for now. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com The aim of NASA’s Kepler mission was to literally stare into space searching for celestial bodies that varied in size, mass, and even orbit. By staring at one or even multiple patches of space, Kepler was able to identify a planet's characteristics through a process called the transit method, which when a planet breaks the line of sight between the observed star and the telescope. And to make this method as efficient as possible, scientists needed to meet two major criteria: an extremely dense field of view and a clear line of sight. Basically, this meant that Kepler needed to continuously monitor the most star-rich patch of space possible without being blocked by the Sun or Earth. And what better place to look than the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, known for their vast array of northern stars. Using the transit method, Kepler was able to collect data on over 530,000 stars during its nearly decade-long run before retiring. This is where the recent work comes in. Unlike previous studies, which mostly focused on findings from Kepler teams from the SETI Institute, NASA, and ESA incorporated data gathered by Gaia. This mission, which has already observed and measured roughly 1 billion stars, is using a host of instruments to make a 3D map of the Milky Way. #earth #universe #nasa #planets #seeker #science #elements Read More: Looking for Another Earth? Here Are 300 Million, Maybe https://nyti.ms/38c5bHW "A new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft increases the number of habitable exoplanets thought to exist in this galaxy." The Search for Another Earth Far From the Earth https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/physics/the-search-for-another-earth-far-from-the-earth/ "When in 1995 astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz described 51 Pegasi b, the first exoplanet orbiting a star similar to the Sun, the extrasolar worlds were still a big unknown." How to Search for Exoplanets https://www.planetary.org/articles/how-to-search-for-exoplanets "Even through a powerful ground- or space-based telescope, stars look like tiny points of light. Planets are even tinier and are very difficult to spot next to their bright host stars. Therefore, scientists rely on indirect methods, like looking at the stars themselves for signs that planets might be orbiting them." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
NASA Is Getting New Spacesuits, Here’s What Makes Them So Special
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NASA Is Getting New Spacesuits, Here’s What Makes Them So Special

NASA is aiming to return to the Moon by 2024, and this time with new and improved spacesuits. The agency's new eXploration extravehicular mobility units (xEMUs) allow astronauts to move about more naturally and have longer EVA's. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com Check out the latest episode of Constellations to learn more about the color of the stars » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ezSstMkUts Before anyone set foot on the moon, nobody knew what to expect. Neil Armstrong clung to the ladder at first for fear the surface might act like quicksand and suck him down. No one was swallowed up but the moon’s regolith posed an unforeseen problem. Because there’s no atmosphere to weather it and grind it down, the dust on the moon is jagged and sticks to everything. It got into seams and zippers and degraded the suits much faster than engineers anticipated. Because of weight restrictions the lower portion of the suit lacked bearing joints and consequently were stiff. Combine that with unfamiliarity with the moon’s low gravity and you get videos of some of the most intrepid souls who ever lived falling over like toddlers. Apollo taught NASA a lot of lessons. The suits developed for shuttle missions that are still in use for spacewalks today, known as Extravehicular Mobility Units or EMUs, have also provided a wealth of knowledge. So with Artemis on the horizon NASA has been putting what they’ve learned to use and in October of 2019 they unveiled their eXploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU for short. The new suit’s bubble helmet improves downward visibility. The xEMU also makes use of more bearing joints, particularly for the lower body to allow astronauts to walk more naturally and stoop down to the moon’s surface. #nasa #space #astronauts #seeker #science #elements Thumbnail Credit: NASA Read More: NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI https://www.wired.com/story/nasas-new-moon-bound-space-suits-will-get-a-boost-from-ai/ But the biggest improvements weren’t on display at the suit’s unveiling last fall. Instead, they’re hidden away in the xEMU’s portable life-support system, the astro backpack that turns the space suit from a bulky piece of fabric into a personal spacecraft. It handles the space suit’s power, communications, oxygen supply, and temperature regulation so that astronauts can focus on important tasks like building launch pads out of pee concrete. NASA’s Next Lunar Spacesuit Is Going to Be Damned Impressive https://gizmodo.com/nasa-s-next-moonsuit-is-going-to-be-damned-impressive-1845393104 For the Artemis 3 mission (the first to feature a crewed landing), NASA wants to land its astronauts near the lunar south pole. This region is permanently shadowed, so it will present a greater chance that the team will find and collect water ice—a valuable natural resource, not to mention an important object of scientific inquiry. NASA’s new Artemis spacesuits make it easier for astronauts of all sizes to move on the Moon https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/15/nasas-new-artemis-spacesuits-make-it-easier-for-astronauts-of-all-sizes-to-move-on-the-moon/ The larger xEMU suit is also intentionally designed to be upgradeable, somewhat like a PC motherboard, and it’s designed so that it can be upgraded and worked on in space by the astronauts to adopt new and improved technologies as they become available, rather than having to be round-tripped back to Earth for updates. ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested in all the compelling, innovative, and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket May Be One Step Closer to Launch
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NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket May Be One Step Closer to Launch

NASA decided to kick off the year by performing a test on the Space Launch System that's destined to put the first woman on the moon. But things didn’t go quite as expected. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com Learn more about NASA’s 2024 Artemis Moon Landing Mission » https://bit.ly/3pJViWQ NASA has been prepping its new SLS rocket, and working with partners to build a new crew capsule known as Orion. In addition to the capsule, SLS can also carry astronauts and cargo to the Moon in a single mission. But the rocket wasn’t just designed to get humans back to the Moon. In fact it’s the first deep space rocket developed for crewed missions by NASA since the famous Saturn V rocket, used for the Apollo Program. NASA defines the design of SLS as flexible and evolvable, which will allow for longer scientific robotics missions deeper into space. This is possible because of the multiple configurations of SLS that can achieve not only various payload capacities, but also maximum thrust. Making it adaptable for crewed and cargo missions to the Moon as well as other planets. #nasa #space #astronauts #moon #seeker #science #elements Read More: NASA likely to redo hot-fire test of its Space Launch System core stage https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/nasa-likely-to-redo-hot-fire-test-of-its-space-launch-system-core-stage/ "The agency found that the test, conducted at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, was automatically shut down by an out-of-limits reading of hydraulic pressure in the thrust vector control mechanism used to gimbal, or steer, the engines." NASA SLS computer development branching to support first flight, future upgrades https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/02/sls-computer-development-first-flight-future/ "The first SLS vehicle will be assembled at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida later this year, and a critical set of checkouts of the new rocket with its Orion spacecraft payload will be performed to verify that Artemis 1 is ready to launch." NASA decides to launch Europa Clipper on commercial rocket in 2024 https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/02/11/nasa-decides-to-launch-europa-clipper-on-commercial-rocket-in-2024/ "NASA has decided to launch the multibillion-dollar Europa Clipper mission on a commercial heavy-lift rocket in October 2024, and not on the government-owned Space Launch System, officials said Wednesday." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested in all the compelling, innovative, and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/
This Massive Super Earth Is Almost As Old As the Universe
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This Massive Super Earth Is Almost As Old As the Universe

In the ever-growing hunt for exoplanets, astronomers have recently discovered that one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way actually hosts a hot, rocky ‘Super-Earth’... when it shouldn’t. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com Credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko Following the Big Bang, scientists suspect that the universe solely consisted of lightweight elements, like hydrogen, helium and traces of lithium. Meaning that only gaseous planets could be formed in the early Universe. So, it’s no surprise that everyone’s jaw literally hit the floor when scientists found a 10 billion year old star hosting a rocky planet. The star is known as the creative name TOI-561, and the planet? TOI-561b. This host star / planet pairing is a bit of an anomaly because the two are found in a structure of the Milky Way known as the thick disk. With the help of data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers estimate the thick disk to be about 10 billion years old. In order to form a rocky planet, heavier elements like carbon, iron, and even magnesium are needed. Heavier elements weren't originally thought to have formed until the first stars did, roughly 200 million years after the Big Bang. These metals are formed through fusion reactions in the hearts of stars, then expelled when a star dies in a supernova explosion. Once released into the universe, the elements can continue the great circle of life... at least, from a star's perspective. #space #galaxy #universe #milkyway #astronomy #superearth #seeker #science #elements Read More: Rogue Rocky Planet Found Adrift in the Milky Way https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rogue-rocky-planet-found-adrift-in-the-milky-way/ "Not all planets orbit stars. Some are instead “free-floating” rogues adrift in interstellar space after being ejected from their home systems." Astronomers Find an Astonishing 'Super-Earth' That's Nearly as Old as The Universe https://www.sciencealert.com/an-astonishing-super-earth-exoplanet-is-nearly-as-old-as-the-universe "Around one of the galaxy's oldest stars, an orange dwarf named TOI-561 just 280 light-years away, astronomers have found three orbiting exoplanets - one of which is a rocky world 1.5 times the size of Earth, whipping around the star on a breakneck 10.5-hour orbit." Milky Way’s Thick Disk is 10 Billion Years Old, Astronomers Say http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/milky-ways-thick-disk-07881.html "Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers have calculated that the thick disk is about 10 billion years old." ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested in all the compelling, innovative, and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/

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