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Building Robots To Land On Saturn’s Moons

Landing an unmanned robot on another planet can be quite a feat and can end up being quite a complex process. Scientists want to make this process easier but also allow us to explore worlds that are currently too difficult to land on.

UC Berkeley professor Alice Agogino is working with doctoral students to build what are known as tensegrity robots.  Essentially, these are robots built with a series of rods and tension wires that protect the delicate scientific instruments in the middle.

The structure allows for both flexibility and strength while navigating a rugged environment — for example, landing on a planet’s rocky surface. These robots can explore places that are currently inaccessible to wheeled rovers such as rocky cliffs, which are rich in geological data due to the exposed rock.

Currently, NASA researchers are working on a prototype to one day land on places such as Titan - one of Saturn’s moons.  Scientists are interested in this moon because it has a thick atmosphere with flowing liquids on the surface and is often referred to being the most earthlike world in our solar system.

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Buckminster Fuller would be proud.

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pennyfornasa:

Knowing a fact like that really makes you stop and wonder. Science can make life around you very poetic once you truly understand what you are looking at and try and make sense of it. NASA is an organization that wows us time and time again and sometimes it’s hard to even appreciate the hard work that goes along with it.
For example, landing Curiosity on Mars in 2012 was astounding feat for many people who didn’t know how incredibly difficult it was to accomplish. It’s why NASA plays a significant role in inspiring people to dream again and to dare for greatness. We face a time where NASA needs support from all over and help to communicate why NASA is truly inspiring and great. Think about all the technology we use in everyday life that was made possible by NASA, the heroes that went to the Moon and came back to tell the story, or the International Space Station which is a monument to international cooperation. NASA not only resonates with the American people, but the rest of the world. NASA means something different to everybody.
So let’s all work together, spread the message, and take action today. Visit  penny4nasa.org/take-action/
Also her are some links to the past COSMOS episodes:
Episode 1: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep1
Episode 2: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep2
Episode 3: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep3
Episode 4: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep4
Episode 5: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep5

pennyfornasa:

Knowing a fact like that really makes you stop and wonder. Science can make life around you very poetic once you truly understand what you are looking at and try and make sense of it. NASA is an organization that wows us time and time again and sometimes it’s hard to even appreciate the hard work that goes along with it.

For example, landing Curiosity on Mars in 2012 was astounding feat for many people who didn’t know how incredibly difficult it was to accomplish. It’s why NASA plays a significant role in inspiring people to dream again and to dare for greatness. We face a time where NASA needs support from all over and help to communicate why NASA is truly inspiring and great. Think about all the technology we use in everyday life that was made possible by NASA, the heroes that went to the Moon and came back to tell the story, or the International Space Station which is a monument to international cooperation. NASA not only resonates with the American people, but the rest of the world. NASA means something different to everybody.

So let’s all work together, spread the message, and take action today. Visit  penny4nasa.org/take-action/

Also her are some links to the past COSMOS episodes:

Episode 1: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep1

Episode 2: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep2

Episode 3: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep3

Episode 4: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep4

Episode 5: http://bit.ly/COSMOS-Ep5

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fancy-mint-bunny:

21 year old Tesnim Sayar was born and raised in Odense, with the Turkish Muslim descent. She defines herself as Muslim punk and grow rebellious punk clothing style and culture, but live according to his own religious beliefs.

“I am Muslim. I like my religion, I like my scarf. I can not see an obstacle in why I should not be able to combine being both punk and Muslim.”

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Edit I added her whole outfit because i think it make her look that much more bad ass!

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Do not make
homes
out of people.
This will leave you
homesick
and sad,
missing arms that
cannot hold
roofs,
hearts with
shaky foundations.
Michelle K., Home.   (via gorardway)

(Source: michellekpoems)

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spacetravelco:

Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

(via the Wellcome Collection)

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spacetravelco:

Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

(via the Wellcome Collection)

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pansycub:

Here’s the first piece of a trans safer sex zine I hope to finish sometime this summer. This page focuses in on the myriad of preferred terms that exist for bodies. My hope is that this might help to empower people to find and use the most affirming words for themselves, and that it’ll educate people about how important it is to ask their sexual partner/s preferred words. 
I know this isn’t perfect, so if there’s something you find problematic, or if you have a word you’d like added to the list, just let me know :)

Look at this awesome thing my partner did!!

pansycub:

Here’s the first piece of a trans safer sex zine I hope to finish sometime this summer. This page focuses in on the myriad of preferred terms that exist for bodies. My hope is that this might help to empower people to find and use the most affirming words for themselves, and that it’ll educate people about how important it is to ask their sexual partner/s preferred words. 

I know this isn’t perfect, so if there’s something you find problematic, or if you have a word you’d like added to the list, just let me know :)

Look at this awesome thing my partner did!!

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