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Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Science
Sixty years ago, a man went into space for the very first time. For the USSR, Yuri Gagarin’s single orbit of the Earth was a huge achievement and propaganda coup. There will be celebrations across Russia to mark the anniversary. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the day a new Russian hero was born, and meets the little girl who witnessed it.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Nevada company plans space station with inflatable pods

Nevada company plans space station with inflatable pods

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to launch a commercial space station with inflatable human habitats within seven years, the company announced in a press conference Wednesday. Sierra Nevada already has seven NASA contracts to launch its Dream Chaser spaceplane, which is being developed to fly cargo to the International Space Station starting in 2022. Advertisement Now, the firm said it aims to have its own orbiting habitat in space before NASA retires the space station around 2028. The company's orbiting space station has no name yet, but it would consist of inflatable sections connected by hardware, said Janet Kavandi, a former astronaut and an executive vice president of Sierra Nevada, during the press conference at company facilities in Littleton,...
Financial services space set for disruption over next 10 yrs: K V Kamath

Financial services space set for disruption over next 10 yrs: K V Kamath

Finance
Not just banking but the entire financial services space is set for disruption over the next 10 years, which will lead to reduction in transaction costs, veteran banker K V Kamath said on Friday. He said technology is transforming the way banking is done and bankers need to internalise this. Citing the first wave of change brought about in the banking space 20 years ago, Kamath said it changed the sector in a positive way. "Unless you internalise it's going to be a digital world...we will see a very quick evolution of this space in the next 10 years. It's not just bank but entire financial services space is set for disruption, not necessarily a negative way, it can be also in a positive way," the former president of New Development Bank said. Speaking at the Times Network India Economic Co...
Skylab: The myth of the mutiny in space

Skylab: The myth of the mutiny in space

Science
NASAIt's been almost half a century since the three astronauts on board the Skylab 4 space mission famously fell out with mission control. Soon afterwards, reports began to circulate that they went on strike. But Ed Gibson, the only one of the crew still alive, says the idea that they stopped work is a myth.Bill Pogue got sick soon after the three astronauts arrived at the space station.It came as a surprise because Bill had been nicknamed "Iron Belly" during training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He could endlessly tolerate sitting in a rapidly rotating chair while moving his head backwards and forwards and side to side, without being sick. But this was the first time the three men had been in space and evidently resistance to motion sickness back on Earth didn't mean muc...
Astronauts test virus-killing substance in space station

Astronauts test virus-killing substance in space station

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- Astronauts on the International Space Station are testing surface coatings intended to kill viruses and germs, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The test for The Boeing Co. has astronaut Shannon Walker touch a dozen coated items daily -- like seatbelt buckles and plastic and cloth samples -- to transfer microbes commonly found on humans to them. Advertisement After six months in space, the items will return to Earth in early May, where researchers will determine how the microbes fared on the treated surfaces. NASA already has determined from previous experiments that microbes, especially bacteria, grow more readily in the microgravity of orbit. Boeing hasn't revealed exactly what the surface coating is, but a spokesman confirmed that it is a...