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Love spacesuits? You can vote on what NASA's next spacesuit prototype will look like!

The agency's Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. The design options you can vote for were created  to protect the suit and highlight certain mobility features to aid in suit testing. The cover layer of a prototype suit protects the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing.

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Today is homecoming day for International Space Station Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Michael Hopkins of NASA. They closed hatches between the International Space Station and their Soyuz TMA-10M at 4:58 p.m. EDT today and are preparing for a landing at 11:24 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 10, southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

At this time, there are no concerns or issues being worked.

Here is a timeline of the Expedition 38 undocking and landing.

Monday, March 10
EDT        EVENT
7:10 p.m.        International Space Station maneuvers to undocking attitude
7:45 p.m.        NASA TV: Expedition 38 Soyuz TMA-10M undocking coverage
8:00 p.m.        Space station in free drift
8:01 p.m.        Soyuz undock command sent
8:02 p.m.        Soyuz TMA-10M undocks from space station
8:04 p.m.        Station maneuvers to LVLH snap and hold attitude
8:05 p.m.        Soyuz manual separation burn
10:15 p.m.        NASA TV: Expedition 38 Soyuz TMA-10M deorbit burn and landing coverage
10:30 p.m.        Soyuz TMA-10M deorbit burn (4 minutes, 50 seconds duration; decelerates Soyuz at 286 miles per hour)
10:35 p.m.        Soyuz deorbit burn complete
10:58 p.m.        Soyuz module separation (altitude 86 miles)
11:01 p.m.        Soyuz atmospheric entry (altitude 61 miles)
11:03 p.m.        Soyuz entry guidance start (altitude 50 miles)
11:09 p.m.        Command to open parachute (6.6 miles)
11:24 p.m.        Expedition 38 Soyuz TMA-10M landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

For more information about the International Space Station, visit: 

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Researchers have found that some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth.

Research on the +International Space Station in the weightlessness of space offers unique insight into genetic and cellular processes that simply can’t be duplicated on Earth, even in simulated microgravity - like the environment aboard the ZERO-G G-Force One that our Boise State Microgravity University peers experience and conduct studies aboard through the +NASA  Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.

#SpaceBroncos #BoiseState #NASA #reducedgravity #CancerResearch  

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Sighting Location Lookup
Spot The Station will give you a list of upcoming space station sighting opportunities for your location. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations worldwide.

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Because making the invisible visible is beautiful. And because fire.

In almost any fire, only the topmost layer of the flammable material -- the area in direct contact with oxygen -- is actually on fire. Even there, it often isn't the body of the fuel which is burning; instead, the heat of the fire is causing a small amount of the fuel to evaporate, and it's the fuel vapor that burns.

(That's how both wood and gasoline fires work; in their solid and liquid states, respectively, the forces holding them in place are strong enough that they suppress the burning reaction. This is why it takes a while for wood to catch fire: you're using the fire to heat the wood enough to make it give off pre-soot, and that's what actually catches fire. If there's water, it will absorb a tremendous amount of the heat energy without itself heating up (see and thus prevent the fire from spreading. This is why water is used to put out fires.)

There are a few exceptions, but they're unusual: things like monopropellant rocket fuels which contain both the fuel and the oxidizer inside them, thoroughly mixed, so that the entire thing can burn if ignited. But even in a normal rocket engine, it's only a small bit of the fuel that's burning at a time -- or if not, you are having a big problem and you will not go to space today. , via +Effie Seiberg.
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Wish we had seen this in this in time to participate in #SpaceBroncos   - but I'd be even more bummed out if the #TeamUSA  bobsledder the astronauts had been speaking to was #BoiseState  alumnus Nick Cunningham! 
Seeking fitness inspiration? NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, along with four fitness professionals and athletes, will share workout tips during a special Google+ Hangout from space at 12:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 6.
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