articles tagged: astronauts
behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s
# science

behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s

Humans have been thinking about modifying themselves to survive the rigors of space flight for a long time now. Thankfully, out ideas for how to do it have vastly improved.

world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight

Of all the worlds to which humanity may travel, the most typical one would require our colonists to live under a sky in which the sun never rises or sets because it physically can’t.

when astronauts become ufologists
# astrobiology

when astronauts become ufologists

If you can trust anyone to point out a genuine UFO, it's an astronaut. Sadly, they might be just as misinformed or probe to personal biases as the rest of us.

no, we can’t just explore space with more robots
# space

no, we can’t just explore space with more robots

Robotics researcher Srikanth Saripalli advances a bizarre argument against human spaceflight and in favor of sending a robots we haven't invented yet to distant worlds.

how not to lose your sanity on an alien planet
# space

how not to lose your sanity on an alien planet

Astronauts will go stir crazy and get cabin fever on interplanetary missions. And it will have to be every mission planner's job to keep them sane and entertained.

why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag
# space

why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag

If we're going to have astronauts working and living in space for years at a time, cramming them in tight, fixed spaces without artificial gravity is doing them, and us, a major disservice.

why space travel can get really, really boring
# space

why space travel can get really, really boring

A simulated mission to Mars finds that one of the biggest potential threats to astronauts outside of radiation will be cabin fever.

one giant loss for mankind…
# space

one giant loss for mankind…

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong, 08.05.1930 - 08.25.2012

will there be a dawn of cyborg astronauts?
# space

will there be a dawn of cyborg astronauts?

Could we use brain-machine interfaces to harden our astronauts against some of the most pressing dangers of space travel?

space madness and you
# space

space madness and you

Boredom and small spaces for an extended period of time wreak havoc on the human psyche. That's going to be a huge problem on extended missions into deep space.