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NASA launches searchable database of public domain patents

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 11:28 am

Has NASA’s Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope Found A New Earth?

Has NASA’s Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope Found A New Earth?Scientists may be getting closer to finding a ‘new Earth’, as NASA prepares to make a big announcement related to its planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope. Thanks to Kepler’s findings, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky. Kepler’s mission is to search for potentially habitable planets beyond Earth.

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 11:05 am

NASA Facility Dedicated to Mathematician Katherine Johnson

NASA Facility Dedicated to Mathematician Katherine JohnsonNASA honored 97-year-old mathematician Katherine Johnson today (May 5) by dedicating a building in her name at the space agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Speakers at today's ceremony included Virginia congressmen and the mayor of Hampton, as well as former astronaut Leland Melvin, who offered Johnson a Space Flight Awareness Silver Snoopy Award that had been flown on the space shuttle Atlantis. "Millions of people around the world watched Shepard's flight, but what they didn't know at the time was that the calculations that got him into space and safely home were done by today's guest of honor, Katherine Johnson," Clayton Turner, Langley's deputy director, said at the dedication.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:50 pm

NASA stitched together thousands of Hubble images to create this mesmerizing galaxy zoom

NASA stitched together thousands of Hubble images to create this mesmerizing galaxy zoomDo you ever think about how small we are in comparison to the rest of the galaxy? How about the universe? This week, NASA released a time lapse video simulating a visual trip to the center of the galaxy. Using wide-field images of the Milky Way taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA simulates a journey of 27,000 light years — from the tiny speck that is planet Earth, all the way into the very center of the galaxy we call home. One of the must shocking facts about this journey is that there are more than half a million stars at the core of the Milky Way galaxy. This nuclear star cluster is the most dense and massive group of stars in the entire galaxy. It’s hard to grasp just how dense the cluster is, but think of it in more local terms: to match the stellar density of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, you’d have to stuff one million suns into the volume of space in the 4.3 light years between planet Earth and our closest neighbor star, Alpha Centauri. Related:  Astronomers just snapped photos of the most massive black hole we’ve ever observed A million suns! Once the time-lapse visualization does reach the center of the Milky Way, we get a brief glimpse of the many stars surrounding the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*. Of course, we can’t capture photos of Sagittarius A* since it is impossible to observe a black hole directly, but astronomers and scientists are often able to identify black holes in space by studying the orbital patterns and trajectories of stars and planets in a particular region of space. NASA’s video gives us just a glimpse of what would be a very, very long (and arduous, and to this day still physically impossible) trip to the center of our galaxy. Of course, this virtual version only takes 30 seconds and it isn’t quite the same as real life space travel, but for many of us, this beautiful taste of deep space exploration may be as close as we’re ever going to get.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:30 pm

Here’s what you actually see while you’re watching a meteor shower

Please enable Javascript to watch this video The … Continued The post Here’s what you actually see while you’re watching a meteor shower appeared first on Business Insider.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:15 pm

NASA TV to Broadcast Dragon Departure from International Space Station

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –After delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory with valuable science research and return to Earth on Wednesday, May 11. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. The Dragon spacecraft, which arrived at the station April 10, will be detached from the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony module using the Canadarm2 robotic arm, operated by ground controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:08 pm

Tonight’s meteor shower is going to be amazing thanks to one special element — here’s how to watch

We are in the midst of a meteor shower. Right now, Earth is twirling through the tail of Halley’s…

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:00 pm

NASA photos show the destruction of the massive Canadian wildfire, which has grown 8 times since Wednesday

NASA photos show the destruction of the massive Canadian wildfire, which has grown 8 times since WednesdayCF Operations/Handout via REUTERS A Canadian Joint Operations … Continued The post NASA photos show the destruction of the massive Canadian wildfire, which has grown 8 times since Wednesday appeared first on Business Insider.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 9:00 pm

NASA Makes Dozens of Patents Available in Public Domain to Benefit U.S. Industry

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogues thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain. The technologies include advanced manufacturing processes, sensors, propulsion methods, rocket nozzles, thrusters, aircraft wing designs and improved rocket safety and performance concepts.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 8:29 pm

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is tonight. Here’s how to watch.

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is tonight. Here’s how to watch.Earth is currently passing through a patch of debris created in the wake of the comet's tail. When that debris hits our atmosphere, it will burn up and scar the night sky as meteors in the predawn hours between May 5 and 6 (though you may be able to see a few meteors a night until May 28) . NASA notes it will be easier to spot the meteor shower in the Southern Hemisphere due to the fact that Aquarius is higher in the sky for that half of the globe.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 7:50 pm

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Stephen Colbert Sends Astronaut Ice Cream Where It Belongs: to Outer Space – Mediaite


Stephen Colbert Sends Astronaut Ice Cream Where It Belongs: to Outer Space
Mediaite
“There are those who say 'why send ice cream into space'” Colbert remarked. “To those I say I do not know, but I'm not the one who claimed to have done it in the 1960s,” mocking the fact that generations of Americans have likely thought that the

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 12:51 pm

New Tech Will Pin Down Earth’s Position in Space and Time – Space.com


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New Tech Will Pin Down Earth's Position in Space and Time
Space.com
Earlier this year, NASA and several partners successfully tested new technology that will make it easier to measure Earth's position in space and time. The work will improve navigation of space missions and geophysical studies of Earth, agency

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 11:45 am

Space Invaders and Sonic added to gaming hall of fame – BBC News


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Space Invaders and Sonic added to gaming hall of fame
BBC News
Space Invaders has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, almost 40 years after its release. The 1978 space shooter was honoured alongside Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Grand Theft Auto III and The Sims.
Space Invaders, The Sims among inductees into Video Game HOFKSDK.com
'Space Invaders,' 'Grand Theft Auto III' hall of fame gamesnwitimes.com
'Space Invaders,' 'Grand Theft Auto III' honored as hall of fame gamesBluefield Daily Telegraph
WILX-TV –NewYorkUpstate.com
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Posted on 6 May 2016 | 11:38 am

Space to think: Akram Khan’s final meal – The Guardian


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Space to think: Akram Khan's final meal
The Guardian
I like simple, pure lines, monochrome spaces devoid of decoration. My mother loves plants and colour and photos and ornaments – she's a collector at heart. Where she is western painting, I'm Japanese: while everyone was filling the canvas here, the …

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 11:00 am

Apple seeking 800000-sq feet of space for car project as team reaches around 600 people – WSJ – 9 to 5 Mac


9 to 5 Mac

Apple seeking 800000-sq feet of space for car project as team reaches around 600 people – WSJ
9 to 5 Mac
One of the largest property companies in the San Francisco Bay Area has said during an investor call that Apple is seeking around 800,000 square feet of space in the area to expand its car project. The WSJ quotes Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor …

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Posted on 6 May 2016 | 10:58 am

Has NASA found a new Earth? Space agency to reveal latest results from planet-hunting Kepler telescope – Mirror.co.uk


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Has NASA found a new Earth? Space agency to reveal latest results from planet-hunting Kepler telescope
Mirror.co.uk
It's already discovered some possible contenders and now it seems there may have been a further discovery . NASA has announced it will be holding a press conference at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10th to discuss the latest findings from the mission. So far
NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from a critical error last monthExtremeTech

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Posted on 6 May 2016 | 8:48 am

SpaceX lands rocket at sea second time after satellite launch – Phys.Org


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SpaceX lands rocket at sea second time after satellite launch
Phys.Org
The same thing occurred April 8 during a space station supply run for NASA. That was the first successful landing at sea for SpaceX, which expects to start reusing its unmanned Falcon rockets as early as this summer to save money and lower costs
Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea AgainSpace.com
SpaceX rocket launches satellite, then lands on ship at seaReuters
SpaceX launches satellite into space and then sticks rocket landing againFlorida Politics (blog)
9news.com.au –Business Insider Australia –Tech Insider
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Posted on 6 May 2016 | 7:35 am

Focus: The 55th anniversary of the first American astronaut in space – OCRegister


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Focus: The 55th anniversary of the first American astronaut in space
OCRegister
Mercury was America's first human space flight program. It conducted 20 unmanned developmental flights, some using animals. The first launch with an American was 55 years ago today. The program had six total manned flights, with one astronaut per flight.
Chronicle Covers: When Alan Shepard and the U.S. made it to spaceSan Francisco Chronicle

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Posted on 6 May 2016 | 2:13 am

Aliens Attack! Space Station Astronauts Fight VR Invasion with HoloLens – Space.com


Space.com

Aliens Attack! Space Station Astronauts Fight VR Invasion with HoloLens
Space.com
Pew, pew! While testing out a virtual reality system on the International Space Station, two humans suddenly found themselves in a battle against aliens. Luckily, the contest was all digital, with the astronauts moving around in microgravity to dodge
Tim Peake tells school children about space station growthTimes of Malta
Peake feared he would be left stranded in space if relations with Russia broke downThe Argus
Hampshire snapped from space by astronaut Tim PeakeHampshire Chronicle
Irish Examiner –Mirror.co.uk
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Posted on 5 May 2016 | 7:05 pm

Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space – Newsweek


Newsweek

Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space
Newsweek
Then, from a space station orbiting 200 miles above Earth, Chinese astronauts train a laser gun on three dozen U.S. satellites the military relies upon for virtually all of its communications and critical surveillance. By the time the Chinese are done

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 12:45 pm

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NASA TV to Broadcast Dragon Departure from International Space Station

After delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory with valuable science research and return to Earth on Wednesday, May 11. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 8:33 pm

NASA Makes Dozens of Patents Available in Public Domain to Benefit U.S. Industry

NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogues thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain.

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

NASA to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries During Media Teleconference

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 10 to announce the latest discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

Posted on 4 May 2016 | 6:49 pm

NASA to Provide Coverage of May 9 Mercury Transit of the Sun

NASA is inviting media and viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Media may view the event at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:10 pm

NASA Welcomes New Director for its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the selection of Michael Watkins as the new director of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:22 pm

NASA Awards Contract for Aeronautics, Exploration Modeling, Simulation

NASA has selected Science and Technology Corporation of Hampton, Virginia, to provide support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California under the Aeronautics and Exploration Mission Modeling and Simulation (AEMMS) contract.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:07 pm

NASA Astronauts to Call Chicago Area Students from International Space Station

Students from 11 schools in South Holland, Illinois, will have the opportunity to speak with two NASA astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 11:55 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 5. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 6:19 pm

NASA’s Juno Mission on Course for July 4 Arrival at Jupiter, Media Accreditation Open

Media accreditation now is open for events around the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter on July 4. The spacecraft, which will reveal the story of the formation and evolution of the planet Jupiter, will enter into orbit around the gas giant that evening, five years after leaving Earth.

Posted on 29 April 2016 | 6:02 pm

Sen. Mikulski, NASA Administrator Bolden to View Progress at Wallops Flight Facility

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will host Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and agency Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday, May 3, for an employee town hall and tour. The tour will include a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A, where preparations are underway to conduct a hot fire test of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket

Posted on 29 April 2016 | 5:42 pm

NASA Dedicates Facility to Mathematician, Presidential Medal Winner

NASA will commemorate the many contributions of retired mathematician Katherine Johnson to America’s space program during a building dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 5 — the 55th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic rocket launch and splash down, which Johnson helped make possible. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and

Posted on 28 April 2016 | 8:50 pm