The CSS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Shawna Pandya as the Standing Session Chair, Space Life Sciences.
Dr. Shawna Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in microgravity, and also completed scientist-astronaut training with Project PoSSUM. In 2015, she was chair and curator of the first-ever International Space Development Conference LaunchPad session, and will be reprising this role for ISDC 2016. She haspreviously conducted space medical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the European Space Agency’s European Astronaut Center, as well as authored a book chapter on space spin-off technologiesbenefitingterrestrialmedicine. As part of her work at NASA, Dr. Pandya delineated medical scenarios and optimized the Medical Kit contents fora Near-Earth Asteroid Mission, which was praised by NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren as “outstanding” and “invaluable towards the body of work for long-duration spaceflight.”
She currently serves on the SEDS-Canada Board of Advisors, International Lunar Observer Association Board of Directors, Dr. KC Chawla Scholarship Board ofDirectors,isamemberofAstronauts4Hireandservesasamentorwith CyberMentor, a program that seeks to encourage grade-school girls to explore STEM careers.
In everyday life, Dr. Pandya is a physician, entrepreneur, podcaster, motivational speaker and university lectureron technology and innovation. Dr. Pandya’s personal interests include Taekwon-do, Muay Thai kickboxing, piano and working towards her private pilot’s license.
The idea of a preivously unobserved planet in our solar system beyond Pluto has existed for some time. These ideas are usually the product of conspiracy theorist, fantasy or science fiction. However, two astronomers from Caltech in Florida are now saying these theories may in fact be true! They have conducted computer simulations and other mathematical models to describe the strange movement of objects in the Kuiper Belt. The result is the potential for a planet the size of Uranis or Neptune beyond the orbit of Pluto. Such a planet would orbit the Sun every 10,000 to 20,000 years, while Pluto orbits the Sun every 248 years.
So far, the planet exists only in theory. No one has observed Planet X (or Planet 9), which is why Mike Brown, one of the astronomers behind the discovery, is urging scientist to search for in. "If Planet X is out there, we'll find it together. Or we'll determine an alternate explanation for the data weve received so far. Now let's go explore!" - Mike Brown.
Abstract: Geoffrey A. Landis proposed in 2003 that we could explore and ultimately colonize Venus using vehicles and cities designed to float high in the atmosphere. There are many compelling advantages of this plan over colonizing the Moon or Mars, and not all of them are technical - some are simply awesome, such as the vision of living in a floating city (instead of an underground bunker). We need a non-profit society which will help bring this possibility into the public eye, both via traditional awareness raising and by coordinating the needed R&D.
CLAIRE: Going Out of this World for Earth's Climate
CLAIRE is a satellite that will enable industrial site operators around the world to better manage their greenhouse gas emissions. They have built a nanosatellite called "CLAIRE" that will measure greenhouse gas emissions from any industrial facility in the world, more precisely and at a lower cost than existing alternatives.
Learn more and help out their kickstarter compaign: CLAIRE On Kickstarter
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MAGELLAN AEROSPACE DELIVERS THE STRUCTURE FOR THE FIRST TWO PAYLOAD MODULES FOR RADARSAT CONSTELLATION MISSION
Toronto, ON – September 15, 2015 – Magellan Aerospace (“Magellan”) is pleased to report the progress on a previously announced contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA”), a prime contractor for Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission (“RCM”). Magellan has achieved key milestones in the contract with the delivery of the structure for the first two payload modules to MDA.