Archeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication edited by Douglas A. Vakoch is a free eBook from NASA that all h+ Magazine readers are going to find fascinating on multiple levels.
Category: Air & Space
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Forty-four years later, an enterprising non-profit is building the first privately-owned spacecraft for launch into lunar orbit and using crowdfunding and social media on the internet to enable the public to participate. Named LunarSail, the goal of the project is to give students and the public the opportunity to participate in developing a spacecraft that will not only go into space, but also travel to the Moon while conducting science experiments.
Could human exploration beyond the Solar System imply the need of upgrading our human condition? Back in 1960, a study by Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline called Cyborgs and Space was centered already in the idea of altering some bodily functions of the space
traveler to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments because, according to the writers it would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space.
“This is a symposium on the philosophy of the Starship. At some point in the future, human kind will build robotic and human carrying vessels which will go beyond the solar system, out into interstellar space and onto visit worlds around other stars.”
“Linking the challenges of space exploration with medicine on Earth.”
Deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2013.
Meet Dr. Marco Bitetto a legally blind scientist researching interstellar navigation and developing a Synthetic Aperture Radar system for the blind.