Background: Space. It's a dangerous place an extreme environment hostile to human beings. The launch in 1957 of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, heralded not only the beginning of the space age, but what would ultimately become another danger in space: orbital debris. Fifty-six years and thousands of launches later, the near-Earth environment of space has become heavily populated with orbital debris. The heaviest concentration of orbital debris is in low-Earth orbit, becoming less dense as it progresses out to geosynchronous orbit. These orbital debris objects consist of spent rocket bodies, various space hardware, non-functioning satellites, and fragments from explosions....

Chocolate Pudding Cake is one of the popular ISS deserts and is easy to make compared to other space food recipes. The recipes are complex because many ingredients start from scratch and are commercial food service products. Some of the more complex space food recipes were not included in the Astronaut’s Cookbook because the ingredients were not available and special equipment is required to process. Recipe: 3/4 cup Devil’s Food cake mix 3 tbsp unsalted butter 1 3/4 cups skim milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp modified food starch (cornstarch may be substituted) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 3/4 cup...

The first real opportunity for individuals or institutions in the world to access space at a very reasonable cost arose from NASA’s Get-Away-Special Program (GAS) that was announced in 1976. Artists were not excluded per se from the GAS Program as long as they could satisfy the basic requirement that GAS payloads must have some human or technical benefit. NASA would not fly art just for art’s sake and was very strict about this requirement. Subsequently, four artists managed to meet this criterion and have their art payloads accepted into NASA’s GAS Program. The first artist was Joseph McShane from...

Shrimp Cocktail has been in NASA food systems since the Apollo days and is still one of the most popular astronaut foods. Shrimp are very conducive to freeze drying. When processed properly, the dehydrated shrimp are very similar to fresh shrimp after water is added. Astronaut Story Musgrave (STS-6, STS-51F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80) liked shrimp cocktail so much that he requested it for every meal, every day for the duration of the mission. Shrimp Cocktail in the current flight package on the left and the early Shuttle flight package on the right. The Recipe: - 4 lbs Individually Quick...

Dan Goods has been working as the Visual Strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 10 years. While there he has had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting projects. From drilling a hole into a grain of sand, to projecting onto aerogel, to simulating the surface of Jupiter. These are just some of the projects Dan will share the concepts behind, as well as some behind the scenes stories that will give insight into his creative process and the NASA missions he has worked with. Join Goods for his LIVE presentation "Aerogel, Jupiter, and Galileo's Bones: Creative...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.