Astronaut Scott Kelly came back to Earth this week after almost a full year on the ISS. Reportedly, he has gained two inches in height. He's not the only one this has happened to, of course: it's a known effect of living in zero gravity. But will he keep that additional height? [more inside]
What are the top space / space exploration achievements for 2013? [more inside]
Do astronauts suffer from hypnic jerks? That sensation of falling as you're drifting off to sleep that causes your body to thrash to catch you, but you're already safe in bed. I would think that since astronauts have been constantly falling that their brain would be desensitized to it. Does anyone have some definitive answers?
In Search Of..... an illustration of an 'ancient astronaut' from one of Erich Von Daniken's early books. [more inside]
Is there a free full text version of Norman Mailer's article "The Psychology of Astronauts" available online anywhere? Or in an anthology that I could buy? [more inside]
Has anyone ever had sex in space? [more inside]
'Moon trees' were trees grown from seeds that orbited the moon onboard Apollo 14. Two trees were given to each US state to honor the bicentennial festivities in 1976 but no list of locations was kept. Now a NASA scientist is trying to track them down. I'd like to find one in Rhode Island but he's missing quite a few. Anyone know of one not on his list?