The end of the world: How NASA and FEMA will deal with a killer asteroid

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In the NASA plan to deal with a killer asteroid destroying the world, the first people to learn about it likely find out via text message.

Seriously.

If a killer asteroid on a path to striking Earth were discovered, the first word of its existence would likely come in the form of a text or an email—preliminary information about the space rock, sent out to a group of less than 12 scientists.

At that stage, researchers wouldn’t know much about the size and trajectory of the errant space rock, but that’d change quickly. They’d start hurriedly gathering observations of the object, likely first spotted by one of the large survey telescopes constantly looking out for this kind of thing.  Read more…

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An Indian startup could be the first private entity to land on the moon

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Rahul Narayan had no clue about space. In 2010, he was in the software industry, running a startup that developed products for an ecommerce company. 

Who knew seven years later, he would on his way sending a rover to the moon?

Narayan and his friends were intrigued by Google Lunar X-Prize competition announced in 2010. 

The competition invited private companies to land a rover on the moon, make it travel for 500 meters and beam high resolution photos and videos back to Earth.  

“We were looking and saying that if any Indian team is doing this we got to be a part of this. Whether building software or doing marketing, this is the project of a lifetime,” Narayan told Mashable two months ago at the Team Indus campus in Bangalore.  Read more…

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NASA wants you to help them figure out how to poop in space

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NASA is challenging the world to help them design an in-suit toilet to replace the inconvenient space diaper currently being used. 

The ‘Space Poop Challenge‘ is offering $30,000 to people who can figure out a waste disposal system that can last up to six days and allows the astronaut to still move freely inside the suit. Read more…

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NASA unveils ‘food bars’ to feed astronauts on long space journeys

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Your average granola bar simply won’t cut it for a Mars-bound astronaut.

NASA food scientists are in the process of developing a new “food bar” (that’s seriously what they call it) that astronauts will be able to eat for breakfast every morning while on missions to deep space destinations like Mars or the moon. 

At the moment, NASA astronauts have a variety of good tasting — but mostly questionable looking — options for breakfast and other meals on the International Space Station. If NASA crews start flying to the red planet as planned sometime in the 2030s, however, that variety won’t be viable.  Read more…

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