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News on satellites

More immediate news you may have heard about the satellite that launched last Saturday. It’s called the Soil moisture Active Passive Observatory and it’s going to be super useful for people who need to know how much water is in their soil.

Which sounds maybe like a fairly small group but it turns out to be basically anyone who cares about food, climate, and the environment in general. The Rocky of that a little cute payload as well Cubesats. These twin tiny satellites are less than 16 cm on each side and they’re heading to the Van Allen Belt to study space weather. Van Allen Radiation Belts are collection of charged particles that stretch between 1000 then 60,000 km above the earth where they interact with the Earth’s magnetosphere. And every so often some extra powerful bursts of solar wind will send those particles, usually electrons, into frenzy.

Intersteller Micro-Bursts

They call them micro bursts. These solar blasts can accelerate the electrons to close to the speed of light and all that zipping around can cause some serious problems for the computers or spacecraft. We do our best to shield all of the electronics we send up there of course but when you are spending billions of dollars to send people and equipment into free fall around the planet you really want your computer to work.

So these Cubesats together known by the wicked moniker of “FireBird II” are the second part of the mission to map when micro bursts happen and how big of an area they affect? When a super fast electron hit’s the projectors in the Cubesats it will get recorded as a data point.

Galactic Burst mapping

By plotting the points the researchers are able to map the times and locations of the micro bursts. So hope is that eventually we will be able to predict where and when and how these micro bursts happen. Then of course we’ll be able to shield future space technology from the sun’s whims making space travel much safer.

All thanks to these brave, cute little cubes. Thanks for joining me for SciShow Space news. If you want to help make all SciShow happen check out and don’t unforgettable to go to and subscribe

Bringing Commercial Research to the International Space Station

There’s one constant in all of our lives and that’s gravity and it’s only been in the last few decades in the space age that we can play around and do things without that force that we call 1G. And so that’s what this project is all about what happens if you grow molecules, in this case Terpines that were grown in whiskey without that 1G, what do we learn? We had canisters that had to travel to the same launch site, where sputnik the first satellite was launched from, this is the place where humanity took its first steps off the planet.


To our knowledge no one has really studied how Terpines react in microgravity what we learn in this project is not just about Scotch, Terpines are the building blocks in a number of consumer products. The question here is as the Terpines are exposed to oak will they behave differently, will they get a different taste. And for the past two years they’ve been sitting there on the space station hopefully aging away in coming up with all new flavors we hope to get it back down on the earth the canisters and it stayed in the U.S. approved cargo and we preserve that precious space at the feet of the astronaut and they’ll close the door and they will push back a couple on the space station and then they will begin descent… use other issues as we are standing by for Touchdown.

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Touchdown confirmed right on the button eight twenty three A.M. back on Earth and when they land they remove the astronauts and take out the American cargo moving out. They put it on the NASA jet and flies to Houston and my guys take it off the Jet and we’ll have some very rigorous examinations working with scientists to see if the Terpines have behaved differently. It’s been a long process with a lot of folks at NASA and the Russian space agency and the astronauts all involved in this and that’s why space is so difficult.

Read more in the next article.