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September 14, 2018 marked the three year anniversary of one of science’s most monumental achievements to date: the detection of gravitational waves. It’s an achievement that Albert Einstein  believed mankind would never accomplish and it marks the beginning of a new era in astrophysics and maybe even humanity itself.

Stony Brook University’s Psychiatric Epidemiology Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science received two grants from NASA seeking to investigate “asynchronous communication methods for developing behavioral health treatment during long duration space missions,” meaning that they’re trying to find different modes of communication that will be most effective for astronauts’ behavioral health. The grants for the three-year research project totals over $750,000. In early September of this year, NASA launched the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2015 program, calling for new proposals for its space program. With the recent discovery of flowing water on Mars, NASA is planning missions to Mars that will require astronauts to spend longer durations in space. During this time, astronauts will experience a forty-minute delay in real time communication. Without ample forms of communication with mental health professionals on Earth, astronauts’ behavioral health may be at risk. “Projective health risks include…

It was July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the Moon, blowing the minds of the 125 million Americans who watched the moonwalk on television. Nearly 50 years later, people are wondering what’s next for mankind. Ever since the U.S. flag was planted onto the lunar surface, colonizing outer space has been a dream of space nerds everywhere. Despite there being no manned missions to Mars, it remains the focus of our next destination. Many dream of a permanent settlement on Mars, but there are naturally several boundaries preventing human settlement, and science has not yet found the answers to any of these problems. This begs the question: is colonizing Mars a foreseeable possibility, and if not, is any planet? Mars One, a non-profit organization with the goal of a permanent settlement on Mars, plans to depart people on a one-way trip…

Space was never not sexy, it just got lost in the background noise over the past few years. But movies like Interstellar and Gravity are generating renewed interest in space with loaded casts and incredible CGI. Ridley Scott’s The Martian is no different. Mark Watney (Matt Damon), an astronaut on a research expedition to Mars, is presumed dead during a storm and his team decides to evacuate without him. Watney isn’t dead. The first act of the movie has him reestablish contact with NASA on Earth, find a food source and keep his sanity while listening to nothing but horrible disco music, the only music his teammates brought for the trip. Matt Damon does a solid job bringing the character to life. Watney is charming and funny while maintaining a great nerdy streak, which was central to the character in the novel the movie is based on. Damon generates this…

It’s 1982. Ronald Reagan is America’s newly elected commander-in-chief, Joe Montana has just won his first Super Bowl and a copy of the New York Times cost 30 cents. It was that same year which saw a rare phenomenon that reoccurred Sunday, September 27th: a super moon lunar eclipse. Atmospheric science major and telescope enthusiast, Chris Stubenrauch saw an opportunity in this eclipse. So he created a Facebook event page appropriately titled “Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.”.Although the process was a bit bumpy, it was a huge success. “The goal of this program is to give students something to smile about and promote weekend life here,” Stubenrauch said while busily organizing the hordes of students arriving to his event. “Sometimes the weekends here can get a little lonely, and I wanted to change that this weekend.” He was successful in that, having close to 500 total participants gather on a chilly Sunday…