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This 1949 Science Fiction Novel by a Legendary Rocket Designer Names the Leader of Martian Civilization as “Elon”

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This 1949 Science Fiction Novel by a Legendary Rocket Designer Names the Leader of Martian Civilization as “Elon”

In recent years entrepreneur Elon Musk has put himself at the forefront of the emerging commercial space industry with his company SpaceX enjoying multiple orbital rocket launch successes (as well as the development of their self-returning, reusable rocket systems). Just last year Musk dreamt big when discussing the future of space travel, saying it was his goal to see a million people living on Mars within 50 years. But with a population that large, the logistics and planning wouldn’t just involve space travel, but would also have to take into consideration a variety of social, economic and political factors. For...

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How data science and rocket science will get humans to Mars

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How data science and rocket science will get humans to Mars

In a recent op-ed to CNN, President Obama re-affirmed America’s commitment to sending a manned mission to Mars. Think your data science challenges are too complicated? Imagine the difficulties involved in mining data to understand the health impacts of an expedition to Mars. What happens to astronauts’ muscle tone or lung capacities after several years in space? How much weight can they safely lose? How much CO2 should be in the crew vehicle? How many sensors are needed to calculate joint flexibility in each individual space suit? When sending humans “where no one has gone before,” there are a multitude...

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A team of rocket scientists solved the mystery behind exploding air bags in the largest car recall ever

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A team of rocket scientists solved the mystery behind exploding air bags in the largest car recall ever

Since 2008, 28 million cars have been recalled in the United States because they contained airbags that could explode and hurl shrapnel into drivers during even minor fender benders. Ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags. Until a few weeks ago, neither the Japanese manufacturer of the airbags, Takata, nor government safety officials could pinpoint the root cause of the flaw, frustrating safety advocates and lawmakers. Takata airbags are still being installed in cars today, and more accidents have repeatedly forced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand the scope of the...

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