Charles Locke, who died Aug. 4, headed a company that made Morton’s table salt and aerospace equipment. He was in a difficult position after investigators blamed rocket boosters made by his firm for the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.
Don't go into space; it'll wreak havoc on your gut. At least, that is one possible takeaway from a piece of research coming out of Northwestern University, where investigators have been exploring the impact of spaceflight on the gut microbiome, the communities of microorganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract. “We analyzed mouse fecal samples obtained from NASA's Biospecimen Sharing Program,” Martha Vitaterna, research professor in Northwestern's Department of Neurobiology, told Digital Trends. “These were from the Rodent Research 1 (RR-1) mission, flown in 2014. DNA was extracted from the samples, and bacterial genes were sequenced from the DNA in order to identify what bacterial species
In their race to dominate space, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are vying to be seen as the most ambitious man on Earth. Their rocketry is powerful, and their visions are otherworldly. But neither can compete with the ambitions of Alessandro Poli. In the early 1970s, Poli proposed to construct an Earth-Moon highway. Together with his architectural collaborators at Superstudio, Poli schemed to bring the Moon into an orbit 40,000 kilometers from Earth – approximately a tenth its current distance – timing it to circle the planet at the rate of planetary rotation. That way a highway could be built with asteroidal rubble, allowing people to commute. As an interesting exhibition at the San Francisco Museum