Text

www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com

image

image credit: NASA

The International Space Station’s only robotic inhabitant was awaiting a critical delivery of some new, shiny legs on Monday. The new limbs were to be sent up on Monday’s re-scheduled Space X cargo launch.  However, the launch was unfortunately postponed only 2 hours before its scheduled 4.58 p.m EDT launch time.

The new legs would provide Robonaut, or R2, with much greater mobility to assist it in the many regular and repetitive tasks it completes. The goal is to free up time that the astronauts spend completing these smaller tasks, so that they can spend more time doing more critical, scientific research work.

image

image credit: NASA

Once attached to the torso of R2, the robot will boast a leg span of 9 feet, and will have the ability to grip and utilise the space stations handrails and sockets. These ‘end effectors’ will become incredibly useful in the near future, where the aim is to have Robonaut performing tasks outside of the Station. This will reduce the risks to human astronauts in the harsh and volatile space conditions as the need for EVA’s (extravehicular activities) and space walks will be reduced.

The legs have 7 joints and each end effector has a vision system which may eventually be used to verify and automate each limb’s approach and grasp on objects.

The leg-less Robonaut has proven useful since its launch in 2011. R2 has demonstrated the ability to complete tasks including pressing buttons, flipping switches, turning knobs and wiping down handrails. The robot was even tele-operated by Astronaut Tom Marshburn to catch a free-floating object inside the space station, hinting at further possibilities of utilising the robot’s growing capabilities.

www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com

If you could have control of Robonaut, what would you make it do? What additions to the robot do you think could be useful for the future? Let us know via twitter and facebook!

www.facebook.com/tothemoonclothing
www.twitter.com/ttmclothing
www.instagram.com/ttmclothing

Text

The first full lunar eclipse of this year took place last night 14-15th April. Unfortunately for those of us situated in the UK, this event was one only available to US night sky watchers!

Click the links below to view some awesome images of the lunar eclipse and get a view of the ‘blood moon’ as captured by avid sky photographers.

http://rt.com/news/moon-eclipse-earth-event-592/

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/apr/15/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-in-pictures?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

image

image credit: FQTQ - www.fromquarkstoquasars.com

What is a lunar eclipse and blood moon?

The eclipse was the first in a series of four total eclipses. All of which  take place at regular six month intervals.  This astronomical event is known as a ‘lunar tetrad’

It occurs because the moon is at a position directly between the earth and the Sun. Thus the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reflecting off the Moon’s surface and instead the light passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. This reflection of light from the earth’s atmosphere is what gives the moon a reddish colour as our atmosphere scatters other parts of the light spectrum.

This tetrad is an unusual event as normally lunar eclipses only take place about twice a year, and often not full eclipses. During the eclipse the Moon does not completely disappear from sight but instead moves into the darkest part of Earth’s shadow known as the umbra.

Caught any images of the lunar eclipse yourselves? Why not share them with us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram and we will re-post our favourites! The best may even receive a small prize!

www.facebook.com/tothemoonclothing

www.twitter.com/ttmclothing

www.instagram.com/ttmclothing

www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com

 

From design to tee! Check out our Secret Truths Tee on the website. Unisex and available in 2 great colours. Get yours online or come and see us at London’s Spitalfields market on Friday | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com |  #alien #pyramids #god #egypt #purple #cult #worship #stars #ancient #ancientaliens #ufo #spaceship #nasa #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #clothing #tshirt #design #screenprint

From design to tee! Check out our Secret Truths Tee on the website. Unisex and available in 2 great colours. Get yours online or come and see us at London’s Spitalfields market on Friday | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #alien #pyramids #god #egypt #purple #cult #worship #stars #ancient #ancientaliens #ufo #spaceship #nasa #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #clothing #tshirt #design #screenprint

The Evolution of a Design - from ink to screen to print to person! Check out the other designs: www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com and get £1.82 off any Tshirt with discount code BLINKME | #design #plan #evolution #create #creativity #discount #night #party #screenprint #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #clothing #art #blink182 #progress #skater #skateboard #streetwear #positive

The Evolution of a Design - from ink to screen to print to person! Check out the other designs: www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com and get £1.82 off any Tshirt with discount code BLINKME | #design #plan #evolution #create #creativity #discount #night #party #screenprint #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #clothing #art #blink182 #progress #skater #skateboard #streetwear #positive

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a storm double the size of Earth.  It has been raging in Jupiter’s atmosphere for more than 300 years and can be seen easily with the aid of a telescope. Presumably the persistence of the Great Red Spot is related to the fact that it never comes over land, as in the case of a hurricane on Earth, and that it is driven by Jupiter’s internal heat source. | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #hubble #telescope #nasa #nasasocial #jupiter #storm #hurricane #spot #red #solarsystem #astronomy #instagood #instadaily #fact #earth #planet

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a storm double the size of Earth. It has been raging in Jupiter’s atmosphere for more than 300 years and can be seen easily with the aid of a telescope. Presumably the persistence of the Great Red Spot is related to the fact that it never comes over land, as in the case of a hurricane on Earth, and that it is driven by Jupiter’s internal heat source. | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #hubble #telescope #nasa #nasasocial #jupiter #storm #hurricane #spot #red #solarsystem #astronomy #instagood #instadaily #fact #earth #planet

Get an awesome hoodie and tee combo for just £37 - choose one of our meaningful tshirts and pair it up with your choice of colour hoodie for a great casual look. Plus, if you’ve shopped with us before you’ll have a 10% discount code to use! | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nasasocial #nebula #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #zipup #hoodie #casual #streetwear #tshirt #moon #aldrin #armstrong #apollo #apollo11 #skater #skateboard

Get an awesome hoodie and tee combo for just £37 - choose one of our meaningful tshirts and pair it up with your choice of colour hoodie for a great casual look. Plus, if you’ve shopped with us before you’ll have a 10% discount code to use! | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nasasocial #nebula #fashion #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #zipup #hoodie #casual #streetwear #tshirt #moon #aldrin #armstrong #apollo #apollo11 #skater #skateboard

This is an image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, obtained with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1. It is one of the most distant galaxy candidates known, showing a time when the universe was only 650 million years old. Image credit: NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope

This is an image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, obtained with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1. It is one of the most distant galaxy candidates known, showing a time when the universe was only 650 million years old. Image credit: NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope

This image of a portion of Saturn’s beautiful ring structure shows possible variations in chemical composition. Taken by Voyager 2 the picture captures subtle color variations which can be recorded with special computer-processing techniques. This highly enhanced color view was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames. The image was taken Aug. 17, 1981, from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles). Image credit: NASA/JPL. |

This image of a portion of Saturn’s beautiful ring structure shows possible variations in chemical composition. Taken by Voyager 2 the picture captures subtle color variations which can be recorded with special computer-processing techniques. This highly enhanced color view was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames. The image was taken Aug. 17, 1981, from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles). Image credit: NASA/JPL. |

Let your friends know about our clothing and in return we’ll give you freebies! Check it out - www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #promote #spacesuit #astronaut #clothes #cosmonaut #moon #galaxy #gravity #fashion #instagood #instadaily #free #apollo #science #solarsystem #poster #promotion

Let your friends know about our clothing and in return we’ll give you freebies! Check it out - www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #promote #spacesuit #astronaut #clothes #cosmonaut #moon #galaxy #gravity #fashion #instagood #instadaily #free #apollo #science #solarsystem #poster #promotion

Text

Space suits have seen a lot of development since their first use as protection for pilots venturing just outside the earth’s atmosphere. For future space exploration, however, they still have a long way to go. Space suits have been improved little by little over the decades by both, American and Russian space agencies as well as many others.

Check out this awesome article which gives a run down of some of the lesser-known space suits that have been under-development at some point.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/7/5481688/far-out-space-suits-past-present-future-photos

Article Credit: The Verge, Jacob Kastrenakes

www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com

More Than Just A Sweatshirt - In this design we celebrate the historic, world-changing mission of Apollo 11. A symbolic Eagle cradles the Earth in it’s wings while it clutches the Moon in it’s talons, connecting the two. The Eagle stands in for the ‘Eagle’ LEM Module that carried Aldrin and Armstrong safely to and from the moon’s surface. Framing this symbolism is the infamous phrase - The Eagle Has Landed - signifying the safe and successful first physical contact with our lunar surface. We are proud to sell clothing with meaning and history | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nasasocial #apollo #apollo11 #gravity #eagle #america #usa #moon #lunar #fashion #instafashion #buzzaldrin #aldrin #armstrong #collins #sweatshirt #instagood #instadaily #follow

More Than Just A Sweatshirt - In this design we celebrate the historic, world-changing mission of Apollo 11. A symbolic Eagle cradles the Earth in it’s wings while it clutches the Moon in it’s talons, connecting the two. The Eagle stands in for the ‘Eagle’ LEM Module that carried Aldrin and Armstrong safely to and from the moon’s surface. Framing this symbolism is the infamous phrase - The Eagle Has Landed - signifying the safe and successful first physical contact with our lunar surface. We are proud to sell clothing with meaning and history | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nasasocial #apollo #apollo11 #gravity #eagle #america #usa #moon #lunar #fashion #instafashion #buzzaldrin #aldrin #armstrong #collins #sweatshirt #instagood #instadaily #follow

The Crab Nebula is the remains of a massive stellar explosion. The supernova was witnessed 1,000 years ago and has left behind filaments of gas and a spinning neutron star | Image Credit: NASA/HubbleSite | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nebula #nasasocial #neutron #star #crab #hubble #picoftheday #cool #gas #galaxy #astronomy #fashion #instagood #instadaily #facts #science

The Crab Nebula is the remains of a massive stellar explosion. The supernova was witnessed 1,000 years ago and has left behind filaments of gas and a spinning neutron star | Image Credit: NASA/HubbleSite | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #nasa #nebula #nasasocial #neutron #star #crab #hubble #picoftheday #cool #gas #galaxy #astronomy #fashion #instagood #instadaily #facts #science

It’s time to break out the awesome summer clothes! Check out our hand-made Galaxy tee with the milkyway band across the middle or our tye-dyed hitch-hiker moonman! Join us in making space cool again | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #fashion #summer #handmade #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #tee #tshirt #dye #unique

It’s time to break out the awesome summer clothes! Check out our hand-made Galaxy tee with the milkyway band across the middle or our tye-dyed hitch-hiker moonman! Join us in making space cool again | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #fashion #summer #handmade #instagood #instadaily #instafashion #tee #tshirt #dye #unique

Our mission is to blend space with fashion in the aim to ignite the 70’s enthusiasm for space again. Help us by proudly wearing one of our tees and spread the word by becoming a promoter! Nothing beats an Astronaut! | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #fashion #nasa #nasasocial #astronomy #gravity #spacelive #astronaut #moon #apollo #instagood #instadaily #instafashion

Our mission is to blend space with fashion in the aim to ignite the 70’s enthusiasm for space again. Help us by proudly wearing one of our tees and spread the word by becoming a promoter! Nothing beats an Astronaut! | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #fashion #nasa #nasasocial #astronomy #gravity #spacelive #astronaut #moon #apollo #instagood #instadaily #instafashion

One hour until Channel 4’s Live From Space Season launches with ‘Astronauts:Living In Space’. This documentary reveals what it is like to live and work outside the confines of Earth’s atmosphere for several months at a time. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata and Mike Hopkins take us through the effects of microgravity on day-to-day tasks and how they stay in communication with loved ones back on terra firma. | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #live #channel4 #astronaut #iss #spacestation #earth #orbit #gravity #astronomy #atmosphere #nasa #nasasocial #tv #instagood #instadaily #documentary

One hour until Channel 4’s Live From Space Season launches with ‘Astronauts:Living In Space’. This documentary reveals what it is like to live and work outside the confines of Earth’s atmosphere for several months at a time. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata and Mike Hopkins take us through the effects of microgravity on day-to-day tasks and how they stay in communication with loved ones back on terra firma. | www.ttmclothing.bigcartel.com | #space #live #channel4 #astronaut #iss #spacestation #earth #orbit #gravity #astronomy #atmosphere #nasa #nasasocial #tv #instagood #instadaily #documentary