On July 20, 1969, 44 years ago today, th

On July 20, 1969, 44 years ago today, those famous words “one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind” were spoken. ILC Dover will always be proud! http://ow.ly/i/2EHjR

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Check out our latest video on space suit

Check out our latest video on space suits! http://ow.ly/mZ2oQ http://ow.ly/i/2CexK

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ILC Dover is proud to be apart of today

ILC Dover is proud to be apart of today’s spacewalk. Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency switched their spacesuits to battery power at 8:02 a.m. signaling the start of today’s 6 hours 7 minute spacewalk. This spacewalk was the fifth of Cassidy’s career and the first for Parmitano. Parmitano became the first Italian astronaut to walk in space. Watch the live video stream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/6540154 http://ow.ly/i/2zdgU

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ILC Dover supported Space Day – Living a

ILC Dover supported Space Day – Living and Exploring in Space at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC this Saturday! http://ow.ly/i/234h6 http://ow.ly/i/234iH

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What Makes Up the Space Suit?

The current space suit is made out of four main components.

1.) Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LCVG)

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The LCVG has 300 feet of 1/8” dia. tubing woven into a stretchy spandex that comfortably hugs the body and carries the heat away to the backpack where the heat is removed and the cool water recirculated.

2.) Bladder or Pressure Retention Area

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This holds the oxygen inside the suit.

3.) Restraint Layer

The restraint layer holds the shape of the suit when pressurized and allows for the flexibility of all body joint when under pressure.

4.) Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment (TMG)

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This absorbs impacts from small particles traveling at upwards of 30,000 MPH. It also reflects solar and cosmic radiation and resists heat transferring through the layers.

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Top 5 Benefits of Science

 Since the beginning of our existence, man has wondered how to explain the world around him. This desire for a deeper understanding led to science, which may not have all the answers, but has led humanity to reach these great heights.

1.) Longer Lifespan

Modern medicine and the technology that encompasses its field is truly amazing. If the average lifespan keeps growing at this rate imagine how much it will increase in just 50 years!

2.) Protection

Humanity started as an extremely violent race, with tribes killing or enslaving whoever they could. Over time, humans have evolved to live with one another in a much more peaceful setting. While it seems that violent hatred will always exist, science is neither good or evil. It simply depends on the hands of the user, and in the right hands, a weapon can protect the innocent from the disruptor.

3.) Easy Communication

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From cell phones to the internet to UAVs, science has made talking to someone on the other side of the globe possible in seconds. We are all connected like never before in a whole new world of communication.

4.) Exploring Man’s Final Frontier: Space

Who hasn’t looked at the stars and wondered what was beyond this world? Now we have the luxury of exploring space through telescopes, robots, and even stepping foot on the moon! This knowledge leads to a a whole new deeper level of understanding how this universe came to be that, frankly, humans just didn’t have 100 years ago.

5.) Provoked Curiosity

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The most exciting aspect of science is that every answers seems to lead to 100 more questions. As humankind discovers this world together, we are left wanting to know more. Let science fuel your curiosity and you could create the next great benefit.

Science has provided several benefits to society that could not all be covered here. Feel free to comment and share one of your favorite benefits!”

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Stars in the Sky

For today’s fun fact Friday, does anybody know how many stars are hypothesized to be in the sky? If so, what can you think of on Earth that there is more prevalent?

Thanks to NASA/ESA for this beautiful picture of stars forming in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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Where do we come from?

For today’s fun fact Friday, can anyone tell me what celestial bodies in space we’re made from?

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Science Entertainment

We wanted to have a little fun this weekend and see what type of show our space fans prefer. Would you rather watch Sci-Fi, like Star Trek, or a science-savvy comedy, like Big Bang Theory?

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No… it’s Supertrees?!


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Singapore has built 18 synthetic supertrees, which each have about 200 different types of plants inside. Solar panels scale the trees, allowing sunlight to be easily stored, while their shape acts as thermal storage systems.

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Many argue that technology, such as cars consuming oil, are destroying the natural world we live in. Supertrees are just one example that prove technology can be used for the betterment of society. Science and technology neutral, but the hands of the beholder choose where to direct its power.

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