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Nikita Marwaha

Science Communicator

LONDON, UK

Nikita Marwaha

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION INTERN AT THE EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY. FREELANCE WRITER. FORMER NASA INTERN. INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, UK

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International Astronautical Congress 2014 Begins in Toronto

Toronto will become the center of the universe this week as the city hosts the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2014. Taking place from September 29th to October 3rd, the annual international convention will bring space to Canada. This year’s theme, Our World Needs Space, covers a plethora of topics — many of which are related to space safety.

Geosciences Column: Meshing models with the small-scale ocean

The latest Geosciences Column is brought to you by Nikita Marwaha, who explains how a new generation of marine models is letting scientists open up the oceans. The new technique, described in Ocean Science, reveals what’s happening to ocean chemistry and biology at scales that are often hard to model….

From Rocket to Space Hotel

Utilizing existing technology and sustainably housing humans in space is a seemingly futuristic concept that already has its wheels in motion today. Space company Tasha9503 is designing hotels to put into low Earth orbit (LEO) using used rocketry and the available technology of today. Orbital colonization as the next step for humanity was discussed in the recent Space Safety article, Living in Space.
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What’s On the Space Menu? – Vegetables Grown in Space Deemed Safe to Eat

The long quest for adequate nutrition in space has taken astronaut consumption from toothpaste tubes and gelatin coated cubes to freeze-dried foods and now to the possibility of freshly-grown vegetables. This ever-evolving space menu was well documented in Space Safety Magazine’s Space Food special earlier this year, covering the past, present, and future of space food — the struggles to achieve food that is nutritious, long-lasting and safe in the space environment has been a long one.
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From Earthlings to Martians: How Will Living On The Red Planet Affect Our Human Bodies?

As the next giant leap for humankind, the colonization of Mars receives a great deal of attention. When discussing the settlement of Mars, it is important to consider how the Martian environment will affect our human bodies in the long-term — a subject that does not receive as much coverage as colonization itself, yet is vital to ensuring our survival when we get there.
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Space Wardrobe Design: Chinese Spacesuit Analysis and Inspiration

Spacesuit design varies with each spacefaring nation that ventures into space. In order to optimize design, it is important to discuss these differences so that areas of improvement are addressed and proven features are maintained. The Chinese space program has developed the Feitian spacesuit which possesses characteristics that are comparable to both the US Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) and the Russian Orlan spacesuits.
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Getting to the Root of Debris Predictions with Terminal Velocity Aerospace

On October 28, Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Ames Research Center to collaborate on evaluation, testing, and technology transfer of newly-developed thermal protection system (TPS) materials. “The Space Act Agreement mechanism offers a great way for companies to partner with NASA,” said Dominic DePasquale, the company’s CEO.
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Could a Vegetable Compound Protect Against the Effects of Radiation?

A compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower may be the key to radiation protection, scientists have found. The compound, called 3’3-diindolymethane or DIM, is under investigation as a cancer preventative agent. Used as a potential medical countermeasure, DIM may be able to prevent or mitigate acute radiation syndrome due to whole body exposure.
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In Focus: Why Spaceflight is Becoming Blurrier over Time

Scientists have long known that extended spaceflight leads to changes in the human body such as muscle atrophy, bone loss, and fluid shift. Increasing evidence has now been collected that suggests why astronauts may be experiencing visual problems as a result of spaceflight conditions. Russian biological experiment Bion-M1 revealed further insight into the issue of astronaut eyesight deterioration in space.
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Detecting Heartbeats : NASA Technology Used to Rescue Disaster Victims on Earth

A revolutionary radar device that can detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of disaster victims trapped under rubble has been developed by NASA in conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Aptly named Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER), the radar technology has the ability to locate individuals buried as deep as 9 meters and from a distance of 30 meters, according to NASA.
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The Seated Arm Lock (SAL) Method - A new concept of basic life support under simulated hypogravity of the Moon and Mars

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About

Nikita Marwaha

A recent graduate from the International Space University (ISU), France with a Masters in Space Studies. I participated in the International Space University's Space Studies Program'12 at NASA Kennedy Space Centre, FL as part of the Space & Society department.

With a background in Biology, I'm passionate about science communication, especially within the areas of public outreach and science awareness. I enjoy working towards inspiring the next generation of space scientists, explorers and enthusiasts. In particular, I believe in the use of unconventional outreach such as social media to be the future of science communication and outreach.

I have written for the University of Birmingham's SATNAV - Science & Technology, News & Views Magazine and at NASA Ames Research Center as an intern to increase public awareness and involvement in the creative cultural convergence of art, science & technology as it serves to inspire space exploration.

Currently, I am a Science Communication Intern at the European Southern Observatory and a Writer for Space Safety Magazine.