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Move Over, Rover — Here Comes the Space Hedgehog

Stanford University researchers are working with NASA to design a spiked space apparatus capable of maneuvering efficiently across asteroid and moon surfaces on which low gravity and rough terrain would bog down a regular rover. Scientists nicknamed the robots “hedgehogs” due to their round, spiky appearance. Those working on the project hope to eventually land the ‘hogs on [...]

NASA Space Squids

Along with the humans another small passenger has hitched a ride aboard the space shuttle Endeavor; a squid. While monkeys and dogs have long been space faring species, it appears this is the first ever squid. The reason that a baby bobtail squid is going along for Endeavor’s final flight in the first place is not [...]

New Suits May Help Astronauts Retain Bone Mass

Astronauts can lose 1-2% of their skeletal mass for each month that they spend in very low gravity. After a several months, this loss can become a serious health problem. But a new MIT-designed outfit called the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit may help counteract this problem: With stirrups that loop around the feet, the elastic gravity [...]