space http://kmuw.org en KSU Helps Develop Self-Sustaining Spacesuits http://kmuw.org/post/ksu-helps-develop-self-sustaining-spacesuits <p>Kansas State University researchers are working on a spacesuit that could monitor astronauts' health and use body heat to power electronics.</p><p>A team of students and professors are working with a model space suit.</p><p>It's made of several layers of material, including metalized fabrics, to model the layers in suits that protect astronauts and keep them warm.</p><p>University researchers say batteries are too dangerous to place in a spacesuit's oxygen-rich environment, so the team is developing new energy harvesting methods to gather energy.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:35:12 +0000 Associated Press 27037 at http://kmuw.org Take A (Simulated) Ride To The International Space Station http://kmuw.org/post/take-simulated-ride-international-space-station <p>The <a href="http://www.cosmo.org/index.cfm">Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson</a> will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.<br><br>The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."<br><br>It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.<br> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:33:26 +0000 Kate Clause 18429 at http://kmuw.org Take A (Simulated) Ride To The International Space Station It's Your First And Last Chance To See This Comet http://kmuw.org/post/its-your-first-and-last-chance-see-comet <p>A comet named Pan-STARRS&nbsp;is visiting our part of the solar system and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere for a couple of weeks.</p><p>The comet was discovered in June 2011 by a team of observers in Hawaii while doing a routine sweep of the sky and they named the comet after the telescope they were using.</p><p>Greg Novacek, director of the Lake Afton Observatory, says hopeful observers should look west.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:37:37 +0000 Milt Radford 14015 at http://kmuw.org It's Your First And Last Chance To See This Comet