LOOK: NASA’s 50-year observation of Earth from space

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020   •   243

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a compilation of images of their observations of the Earth in a span of 50 years.

“From the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” image to a growing fleet of satellites, these missions enhanced our understanding of our home planet,” according to NASA’s Twitter post.

This is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The video showed bits of what earth looks like from space. The video also covered Earth’s changes over the years. AAC

Lunar Loo Challenge: Design the new toilet for NASA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the Lunar Loo Challenge to call on the global community to design compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity.

The new design may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers as NASA prepares to return to the moon by 2024.

“Although space toilets already exist and are in use (at the International Space Station, for example), they are designed for microgravity only. NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity,” according to NASA.

NASA’s Lunar Loo challenge has a total prize purse of $35,000 that will be shared among the teams submitting the top three designs in the Technical category.

NASA is also encouraging the next generation of space explorers, engineers, and scientists, to also design new concepts through the Junior Category. For all the details, visit https://www.herox.com/LunarLoo. AAC

Stargazers watch peak of Lyrid meteor shower

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020

People looked up to skies on Wednesday (April 22) to witness the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Lyrids are bright and fast meteors that are active from April 16 to 25 every year.

Several stargazers were able to witness this spectacle while others just enjoyed watching the stars.

“The Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,600 years. Chinese records show that ‘stars fell like rain’ during the meteor shower of 687 B.C.,” according to PAGASA.

However, they also reported that in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak.

“The shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day,” PAGASA stated. AAC

Ways to celebrate Earth Day while in quarantine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 22, 2020

Being in quarantine, people have been waking up a bit later than usual. After breakfast, they keep themselves occupied until the day ends. Some work from home while others watch a movie or indulge in their favorite hobby.

While countries face the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mother Nature gets a bit of rest.

In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reported an improvement in the air quality in Metro Manila.

Because of the enhanced community quarantine, which temporarily closed several restaurants, hotels, and factories, there is less air pollution.

The same improvement has also been observed in different parts of the globe.

As the world celebrates Earth Day, people from various countries continue to do their part in saving the planet.

Some resort to herb planting.

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Others use social media to spread awareness through their own voice. Some even used art to show their love for the planet and to remind others to do their part in caring for the planet.

The DENR, meanwhile, enumerated several things on how people can still care for the environment while staying at home. These include cleaning, segregating, gardening, and home composting.

The department also said that conserving water and power can also help in taking care of the planet.

“This global pandemic we are currently experiencing should not stop us from celebrating this global event,” the DENR said.

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