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The Next Mission: NASA plans a mission for an Alien Sea!


During the year 2006, NASA’s Cassini was flying past Saturn’s moon, Titan. It had observed that the moon had seas of liquid of liquid ethane and methane on the moon’s -300 F surface. This is another step closer to outer space life. Some of these oily seas though, seemed to be bigger than Lake Superior, according to Cassini’s radar because the visibility was poor due to the thick atmosphere of Titan. Want to know more?

NASA is knowing planning a probe that will go and land on Titan’s so called ‘seas’ and act like a boat to float on the liquid methane and receive information on this moon. The probe to make history is called, the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME). This would be humankind first ever extraterrestrial mission ever!

On May, NASA funded a contract of $3 million dollars for development of the project. If the space agency gives a go ahead sign then TiME will launch on 2016 and float, and float until 2013 when it’s 800 million miles away from Titan’s north pole region where most liquid methane seas and lakes are the biggest.  Once TiME reaches the liquid ethane sea then, it will begin to take photos, analyze the weather, how deep the seas are, and analyze samples of the chemical structure of the seas. At the end of the project, then TiME will just wonder off on the sea and keep on floating until it reaches the other side of Saturn’s orbit where it is dark with no sunlight and radio communication will be cut (2035).

Methane clouds always fog up the glum Titan’s sky, and scientists believe that hydrocarbon raindrops are the reason why the sea’s have been replenished and how the landscape had been sculpted. We still believe that there won’t really be any life on the moon, Titan because, water is the main ingredient to life. If there’s no water, we believe there won’t be any real life structure. This is what we believe so far, but we never know if there really is any life with liquid ethane so this is the basic reason why the mission is being executed, to solve all these questions.

After 7 years of travelling through the black hollowness of space, including many bumps with gravity pulls in many planets, TiME will finally make it into the thick, foggy atmosphere of Titan, being protected from friction with it’s heat shield. After getting into the atmosphere for about 100 miles then, the parachute will be deployed. During the 2 hour drop, TiME will be taking photo’s recording data, and using it’s spectrometer to analyze the chemicals of the seas. After the drop into the ethane and methane sea, the capsule will bob up and record all sorts of information of take samples to analyze the chemical structure.

NASA can only fully fund one out of 3 space projects that are coming up: a Mars mission to research how the planet was formed, a comet hopper that will repeatedly land on a comet that is close to Earth, or a capsule that will record data on Saturn’s moon, Titan (this TiME project). Now which one will they choose?

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Got LunaTik? Got TikTok?


Apple’s iPods are a new tech frenzy gadget, but sometimes, to check the time, it can be a big problem. Shoving your hand down a tight pocket to look at the time isn’t worth it. How about making is like a watch so you could check the time, play games, check music, and feel pocket free. Take a step ahead and you’ll meet the LunaTik and TikTok. The products that are made by the same company have caught the eye of Apple. A simple idea to make you’re iPod nano into a watch and entertainment display. Just think of a way of how you could sneak that into school. The mastermind behind it, Scott Wilson.

TikTok: The TicTok was probably the simpler version for the idea of putting the iPod nano safely into int’s case and can be compaitable with the Nike Zoom. You basically take the nano and push it into the slot. That was it. You could also take it out by pushing it out through the brand hole. It was that easy. Imagine your self just running around with a really cool watch. TikTok is $39.95 and you can buy it off of www.lunatik.com. The genius behind it was Scott Wilson and Chicago-based designer. He had thought of this idea and had worked and engineered this for a while and expected only a little when instead $1 million dollars was poured on him!

LunaTik: The LunaTik is probably just like the TikTok except that it has some new engineering for people who would like to keep their iPod nano like a watch/running watch. (You can watch the video below for some further details on the TikTok and LunaTik.) It’s basically engineered so that people who would like to keep it like a watch, it would stay in place for a while with 2 small metal sticks. The LunaTik is pretty cool if you go and check it out. It’s only at the price of $79.95. You can’t get it any better than that. For further information go to: www.lunatik.com

TikTok+LunaTik from Visere on Vimeo.

TikTok and LunaTik are both cool new gadgets that are pretty cheap. Remember the requirements are 1 or more iPod nanos. I’m pretty sure Apple is going to be like it was their idea. If they can’t think of anything this is what they do sometimes. Just like the thing about jailbreaking. Scott Wilson and his company: MINIMAL, have already made sooooooo much money in just early release of their products. Future improvement for the company’s economy and success should be in the positives. Just saying: the name also sounds pretty cool 🙂 .

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