Yongliang is known for his sprawling photographic collages that depict the devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation. At a distance the works look like traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy but when viewed up close, the peaceful mountains and seascapes are found to be choked with buildings, factories, and machinery.
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)
Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012
Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)
Wolf and Landmines, Lightbox, 2012
Full Moon, Lightbox, 2012
Bowl of Tapei No. 03, 2012
Bowl of Tapei No. 04, 2012
A new method for building a future moonbase gives hope to the idea that we could build a permanent base in the next several decades. 3D Printing to the rescue. The ESA has plans to actually build a moonbase out of the moon itself!
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.
“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.
“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.”
Foster + Partners devised a weight-bearing ‘catenary’ dome design with a cellular structured wall to shield against micrometeoroids and space radiation, incorporating a pressurised inflatable to shelter astronauts.
A hollow closed-cell structure – reminiscent of bird bones – provides a good combination of strength and weight.
The base’s design was guided in turn by the properties of 3D-printed lunar soil, with a 1.5 tonne building block produced as a demonstration.
“3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” added Scott Hovland of ESA’s human spaceflight team.
“The new possibilities this work opens up can then be considered by international space agencies as part of the current development of a common exploration strategy.”
“Our current printer builds at a rate of around 2 m per hour, while our next-generation design should attain 3.5 m per hour, completing an entire building in a week.”
3D printing works best at room temperature but over much of the Moon temperatures vary enormously across days and nights lasting two weeks each. For potential settlement, the lunar poles offer the most moderate temperature range.
In case your room needs a touch of outer space.
A striking credenza with a photorealistic luminous image of the moon printed on its surface, in a limited edition of 24.
Coated with ELI (Eco Light Inside — an eco-friendly material developed by designer Sotirios Papadopoulos) which creates a realistic glowing effect when the lights go out.
Ships with an accompanying CD of original music designed specifically for this piece.
Self-explanatory, and awesome.
The moon may seem barren and boring, but each of those craters has a story, the story of an awesome space collision. Over its 4.5 billion year life, the moon has had an awful lot of those, turning it into the pockmarked celestial body we know and love today. Fortunately for you NASA’s Goddard Multimedia team has comprised this lovely little video that gives you the quick version. At a quick but impressive 2:42, it’s definitely worth a watch and sure beats staring at the sky, slack-jawed, for 4.5 billion years.
Perhaps you’ve worn out your Pink Floyd record, but chances are, you’ve never actually seen the dark side of the moon. In its orbit, the moon’s bright side is always facing us, leaving a mysterious dark side, which is highly cratered and rugged.
NASA revealed the first unique views of the far side of the moon today.
The images were captured by a video camera on one of NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecrafts on January 19. In the video, the spacecraft flies towards the lunar south pole exposing the moon’s north pole.
“The far side of the moon is extremely rugged,” said Maria Zuber, a principal investigator on the project. “The surface also contains many impact craters which are preserved features from asteroids that hit the moons surface after it formed.”
According to NASA, one of the prominent geological features that can be seen on the lower third of the moon is the Mare Orientale, a 560-mile-wide impact basin that straddles the moon. The video also shows the Drygalski crater, which is 93 miles wide and has a star-shaped formation in the middle–this formation is a peak created billions of years ago by a comet or asteroid collision.
During GRAIL’s mission, NASA hopes that the twin spacecrafts will answer longstanding questions about the moon and help scientists better understand how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system are formed.
The GRAIL video project is being conducted in conjunction with 2,500 middle schools across the U.S. The idea is for students to select target areas on the lunar surface and GRAIL scientists will send back photos of these areas for the students to study.
What’s cooler than a vacation to Europe? A probe sent to Europa, one of Jupiter’s 60+ moons, and possibly a celestial body in our solar system that could harbor life.
Scientists have for years wondered about the strange, complex surface textures of this moon.
Slightly smaller than Earth’s Moon, Europa is primarily made of silicate rock and probably has an iron core. It has a tenuous atmosphere composed primarily of oxygen. Its surface is composed of ice and is one of the smoothest in the Solar System. This surface is striated by cracks and streaks, while craters are relatively infrequent. The apparent youth and smoothness of the surface have led to the hypothesis that a water ocean exists beneath it, which could conceivably serve as an abode for extraterrestrial life.This hypothesis proposes that heat energy from tidal flexing causes the ocean to remain liquid and drives geological activity similar to plate tectonics.
Just in the last few months, have determined that, indeed, the surface is made up of ice that shows relatively recent activity from underneath. The idea from many in the space community is to send an advanced probe to this moon, and either drill or melt through the 3-kilometer-thick surface to the water oceans below.
The task is going to be monumental to complete, and in the age of budget-slashing, NASA may not get the funding it needs to get this off the drawing board. Who knows what a probe would discover, if it could ever complete its mission. We do know that strange, primitive life exists at the bottom of our own oceans, where no sunlight ever reaches. Thermal vents near the earth’s mantle pump out heat that make this life possible.
In 2006, Robert T. Pappalardo, an assistant professor in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder said,
We’ve spent quite a bit of time and effort trying to understand if Mars was once a habitable environment. Europa today, probably, is a habitable environment. We need to confirm this … but Europa, potentially, has all the ingredients for life … and not just four billion years ago … but today.
We can be sure that if a scientific probe beamed back images of strange alien life swimming under the icy shell of Europa, our existence would never be the same. Let’s go!
One of our nation’s most courageous Presidents, pursuing a truly noble, inspiring goal. Nothing today compares. Fifty years ago today, JFK proposed that the USA send a man to the moon.
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. A number of political factors affected Kennedy’s decision and the timing of it. In general, Kennedy felt great pressure to have the United States “catch up to and overtake” the Soviet Union in the “space race.” Four years after the Sputnik shock of 1957, the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space on April 12, 1961, greatly embarrassing the U.S. While Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, he only flew on a short suborbital flight instead of orbiting the Earth, as Gagarin had done. In addition, the Bay of Pigs fiasco in mid-April put unquantifiable pressure on Kennedy. He wanted to announce a program that the U.S. had a strong chance at achieving before the Soviet Union. After consulting with Vice President Johnson, NASA Administrator James Webb, and other officials, he concluded that landing an American on the Moon would be a very challenging technological feat, but an area of space exploration in which the U.S. actually had a potential lead. Thus the cold war is the primary contextual lens through which many historians now view Kennedy’s speech.
The decision involved much consideration before making it public, as well as enormous human efforts and expenditures to make what became Project Apollo a reality by 1969. Only the construction of the Panama Canal in modern peacetime and the Manhattan Project in war were comparable in scope. NASA’s overall human spaceflight efforts were guided by Kennedy’s speech; Projects Mercury (at least in its latter stages), Gemini, and Apollo were designed to execute Kennedy’s goal. His goal was achieved on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Module’s ladder and onto the Moon’s surface.