Curiosity’s Sequel, and the Key to Finding Alien Life

SciShow Space News shares the latest developments from around the universe, including the Curiosity’s arrival at its final destination, and new insights into what clues we should really be looking for in our search for alien life.

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Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke take a drive during geology training at the Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico, September 1971.

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Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke take a drive during geology training at the Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico, September 1971.

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The unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 blasts off from Cape Canaveral on September 13, 1961. (NASA)

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September 12, 1966 — Gemini 11 astronaut Dick Gordon adjusts his spacesuit in the suiting trailer at Launch Complex 16 before blasting off into space from Cape Canaveral. (NASA)

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September 12, 1966 — Gemini 11 astronaut Dick Gordon adjusts his spacesuit in the suiting trailer at Launch Complex 16 before blasting off into space from Cape Canaveral. (NASA)

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September 8, 1969 — The Apollo 12 rocket moves slowly (very slowly) atop the crawler-transporter from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA)

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September 8, 1969 — The Apollo 12 rocket moves slowly (very slowly) atop the crawler-transporter from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA)

The Most Powerful Rocket Ever, and Gecko Sex in Space

SciShow Space News shares the latest developments from around the universe, including NASA’s plan to build the world’s most powerful rocket, and the fate of Russian geckos sent to have sex in space.

Astronaut Weightlessness Training

SciShow Space takes you behind the scenes of astronaut training, to show how crew members and their equipment are tested in microgravity, all while never having to leave Earth.

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Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits have installed a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module and are checking the fit next to the middle back shell tile panel. Preparations are underway for Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1.
Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch later this year atop a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface. The two-orbit, four-hour flight test will help engineers evaluate the systems critical to crew safety including the heat shield, parachute system and launch abort system.

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Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits have installed a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module and are checking the fit next to the middle back shell tile panel. Preparations are underway for Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1.

Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch later this year atop a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface. The two-orbit, four-hour flight test will help engineers evaluate the systems critical to crew safety including the heat shield, parachute system and launch abort system.

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Google Chrome Experiment: A Spacecraft for All

Chronicling the journey of the ISEE-3 space probe from its launch in 1978, the first-ever comet flyby, to a recent crowd-funded effort to contact and gain control of the decommissioned craft.

What’s It Like on Mercury?

SciShow Space takes you on a tour of Mercury, the sun’s closest friend, where a year is just a day and half long, and the surface holds many surprises — like ice!