A Vision Network Looks At Nasa's Newly Developed Space Harpoon

Top Quote A Vision Network, a fresh, new and exciting Marketing company based in Cardiff has reviewed information on Nasa's latest project they have unveiled. Nasa is developing a harpoon capable of taking samples from comets. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 04, 2012 - The space agency has already built a prototype capable of launching test harpoon tips across a distance of a mile (1.6km). The engineers believe it would be safer to collect comet material using the equipment rather than trying to land on the celestial bodies.

    Nasa said that the samples could reveal the origins of the planets and how life was created on Earth. A Vision Networks Managing Director commented saying: 'This is big step for the Human race, if Nasa's space harpoon can determine what a planet's atmosphere and surface contain this could very well be the Human race's ticket to the far reaches of the Universe.'

    Particle samples recovered by Nasa's Stardust mission in 2002 which a source from A Vision Network reviewed, were found to include an amino acid, glycine, which is used by living organisms to create proteins. The agency said the discovery supported the theory that some of life's ingredients had formed in space and had been delivered to Earth by meteorite and comet impacts. To gather more material, the agency is developing a sample-collecting space harpoon which could be projected "with surgical precision" from a spacecraft hovering above the target.

    Engineers at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, have built a trial harpoon that is 6ft (183cm) tall. The bow is made out of a pair of springs used to provide the suspension for trucks. The bow string is made out of steel cable half an inch thick. When A Vision Networks MD was asked his thoughts on the newest project he commented saying: 'It is a very dangerous task the men who are going to be operating the space harpoon are undertaking, I think that this will bring all sorts of new possibilities to today's civilisation, for example the possibility of travelling in space for the everyday person!'

    In conclusion to A Vision Network findings, the Managing Director described the venture as 'One small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.'
    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16183378

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