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ESA has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey to study how humans survive conditions resembling a long duration spaceflight or staying on the Moon or Mars. Fortunately, there is somewhere on Earth where people are as isolated as astronauts - Antarctica.

Just when you think you've seen it all, our eyes look to be victims of a low-gravity environments, too.

While on orbit, astronauts write in their personal journals at least three times per week.

European Space Agency 2015 Preview

The European Space Agency has published a video of the expected highlights of 2015 for the agency. Highlights include earth observation, human spaceflight, satellite communications and navigation and more.

NASA announced a new era in its exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of Earth science instruments to the International Space Station.

At this years AIAA Space 2014 conference a panel of experts discussed the Use of Space-Based Earth Remote Sensing Data in Support of Scientific and Societal Needs.

NASA's Earth Science Satellite Fleet

When most people think about NASA, Earth is not the first thing that comes to mind. Ours agency conjures up thoughts of leaving Earth behind, so it is usually Apollo astronauts, the Moon, Mars, and Hubble views of stars and galaxies that people associate most strongly with NASA's brand.

A NASA team delivered in May a sophisticated microwave radiometer specifically designed to overcome the pitfalls that have plagued similar Earth-observing instruments in the past.

"A team of scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed the world's smallest medical implant to monitor critical chemicals in the blood. The 14mm device measures up to five indicators, including proteins like troponin, that show if and when a heart attack has occurred. Using Bluetooth, the device can then transmit the data to a smartphone for tracking. The device can also track levels of glucose, lactate, and ATP, providing valuable data for physiologic monitoring during activity, or in possible disease conditions like diabetes. As far as tricorders go, this device may be the one you have been waiting for, provided you are on board for the implant." more at ExtremeTech

Imagine the potential of such technology to monitor the health of astronauts. No more wires.

The December 2012 edition of Space Quarterly Magazine is now available. Here are the table of contents for the U.S. and Canadian editions.

A new National Research Council report says that budget shortfalls, cost-estimate growth, launch failures, and changes in mission design and scope have left U.S. earth observation systems in a more precarious position than they were five years ago.

Using Caves To Simulate Space Missions

Video: ESA Astronaut Cave Crew Returns to Earth

"Take five astronauts and instead of sending them into space take them underground. ESA's CAVES venture prepares astronauts to work in an international team under real exploration conditions. The latest 'crew' has returned after six days in the dark."

NASA Satellite Image of Port-Au-Prince

NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite captured this image of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the morning of Jan. 15, 2010. The image shows the densely built and densely populated capital city. Satellite images like this one, when compared with similar images taken before the earthquake, will provide information to support disaster recovery efforts in Haiti. Data from the Advanced Land Imager on the satellite. Image processed by NASA's Earth Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center.

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