What's inside the mystery tube? It is 45 years since US astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts first shook hands in space. The Register presents "When Apollo met Soyuz".…
Roundup In a week where the space-faring community said goodbye to death-defying cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, Skyrora upped the ante with its rocket testing, Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine kissed and made up, and Britain said it would be sending mech-spider nightmare fuel to the Moon.Brit spiderbot* to roam the MoonBrit startup SpaceBit showed off its Walking Rover robot at London's New Scientist Live show and announced it would be hitching a ride aboard Astrobotic's Peregrine lander in 2021.Thornton's spacecraft is due to be launched on the first ULA Vulcan mission in 2021.Discussion of lunar exploration with Spacebit CEO and Founder, Pavlo Tanasyuk, and US Astronaut Al Worden, who flew to the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission, moderated by TV presenter @dallascampbell.To further add to the horror, the four-legged robot can also jump.
Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, passed away this week.The cosmonaut had been ill for some time following surgery and complications from diabetes, reports Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.Leonov flew on the crewed spacecraft Voskhod 2 with copilot Pavel Belyayev in March 1965; during that mission, he left the ship and spent just over 12 minutes in space, becoming the first astronaut to do so.As we previously reported, the spacewalk was a harrowing affair.Leonov’s body temperature spiked, and his spacesuit had inflated so much that he couldn’t control it.He attempted to deflate it, but the quick depressurisation nearly gave him the bends.
Seiko has teamed up with luxury watch dealer Jura to send the new Seiko Astron into space - a world first.The launch take place today, July 20 at 3pm, in celebration of Space Exploration Day.At the touch of a button, the watch can switch to 39 different time-zones.The Seiko Astron receives signals from several GPS satellites to determine the wearer’s location and subsequently set the local time and date.Concerned with the landing as much as the launch, Jura and Seiko are offering the chance to win the trendy timepiece, worth £1,495.So whichever lucky member of the public manages to find the Seiko Astron once it lands gets to keep it for themselves.
Why don’t space suits inflate like a Michelin Man when on the Moon or outside the Space Station?If you had a poorly designed space suit or an overly pressurized suit, an astronaut could very easily find themselves immobilized, unable to contort their suit into a useful position.With the inside of a suit set to normal sea level pressure, and the outside of the suit set to the vacuum of space, a fabric suit with no hinges will very quickly stiffen into an inflated posture, and would be very difficult to bend.In fact, this very situation posed a serious problem for the first spacewalk, conducted by Alexey Leonov, whose suit inflated, and became an obstacle to re-entering the airlock of his spacecraft.This is not a recommended path to getting around in space; it gave Leonov a very rapid depressurization experience (like “the bends” that divers can experience if they rise from the crushing depths of the ocean too rapidly): hardly good for you and certainly painful.There are two solutions that let you avoid inflation of a suit; one is to reduce the pressure inside the suit, and the other is to build your space suit with hinges, so that you never have to compress the air inside the suit by folding it over on itself.