Scientists Are Investigating Building a Space Station Inside a Giant Asteroid

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Why would we attempt such a bizarre feat of astro-engineering? Because the spin of the asteroid would create enough gravity for mining equipment to be effectively used, giving us a way to tap into the rich minerals and deposits inside these celestial rocks.

In addition, researchers suggest the asteroid’s rocky hull could also help keep the mining station safe from the dangers of being out in space ‘ cosmic ray radiation and all.

This crazy idea might just be possible, according to a new study from astrophysicists at the University of Vienna in Austria, who applied some advanced gravity models to a hypothetical asteroid measuring 500 metres by 390 metres (1,640 feet by 1,280 feet).

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10 Things: CubeSats ‘ Going Farther

Now that the MarCOs ‘ a pair of briefcase-sized interplanetary CubeSats ‘ seem to have reached their limit far beyond Mars, we’re looking forward to an expanding era of small, versatile and powerful space-based science machines.

“This mission was always about pushing the limits of miniaturized technology and seeing just how far it could take us,” said Andy Klesh, the mission’s chief engineer at JPL. “We’ve put a stake in the ground. Future CubeSats might go even farther.”

MarCO, short for Mars Cube One, was the first interplanetary mission to use a class of mini-spacecraft called CubeSats.

Scientists want to build a space station INSIDE an asteroid

One team of researchers found it would be possible to bore into’the middle of a distant space rock, erect a space station and mine valuable minerals from within.

They proved it would be mathematically possible, with the right asteroid, to put a cylindrical space station inside a rock several hundred feet wide.’ ‘

Experts say the logistical possibilities of this concept remains an issue and that it is at least several decades away from becoming a reality.’

Some scientists rebuffed the research and claim not enough is known about the physical composition of asteroids to guarantee building a space station inside a huge rock would not cause it to fragment and break apart.’

ESA Places Spotlight On Space Station Science

Though all ESA astronauts are back on Earth, European science on the International Space Station is ongoing. Explore a few experiments underway right now in celebration of science at ESA.

Every ESA astronaut who flies to the International Space Station begins their training at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. Here, they learn the intricacies of ESA’s space laboratory Columbus. Many European experiments that run on the International Space Station when ESA astronauts are not present ‘ such as those in the commercial ICE Cubes facility ‘ require minimal manual input. Others, like Time Perception in Microgravity continue with current International Space Station crew members.

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Two Men Spent 340 Days in Space. Scientists Are Still Figuring Out What They’ve Learned

Between March 2015 and March 2016, a man spent a total of 357 hours being poked and prodded: sacrificing blood and urine, sweating through sprints and letting others read his journals ‘ oh, and living on the International Space Station.

But even the One-Year Mission, the best study scientists have to date on the effects of long-term spaceflight only includes two test studies ‘ and those are both men, both Caucasian, both in their early-to-mid 50s. And the 11-month flight doesn’t match the timeline needed to get to Mars.

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