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No Warp Drive for NASA: But Here’s the Next-Best Thing

America’s space agency doles out millions of dollars for cutting-edge space tech.

Posted on 18 April 2015 | 8:05 pm

NASA electric rover goes for a spin

Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, FloridaBy Jim Drury Texas, Houston, U.S. – Driving NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) looks out of this world – and the leading space agency say this might one day be a possibility. Developed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas it's a fully electric vehicle which the agency say is well-suited for busy urban environments. Turns of the steering wheel are recorded by sensors and sent to computers at the vehicle's rear where they are interpreted immediately, instructing motors in one or all of its four wheels to turn as commanded. A force feedback system in the steering wheel means the driver will feel the same resistance and sensations as a car.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 6:32 pm

NASA Probe Sees North Pole of Dwarf Planet Ceres (Video)

NASA Probe Sees North Pole of Dwarf Planet Ceres (Video)After spending several weeks in the shadow of Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is finally getting a close-up glimpse of the dwarf planet. The photos are the highest-resolution views of the world that Dawn has gotten since entering Ceres' orbit on March 6, NASA officials said. In future weeks, NASA hopes the mission will help scientists better understand a key mystery of Ceres: strange bright spots on its surface that, in some cases, have different temperatures than the terrain surrounding them. Mission scientists still don't know what the spots are made of.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 6:07 pm

How will NASA find new galaxies? Glitter

How will NASA find new galaxies? Glitter

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 2:05 pm

SpaceX Dragon Brings Groceries to Astronauts

How appropriate that the SpaceX Dragon would arrive during the morning hours with the first ever espresso machine in space.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 1:58 pm

NASA: nobody’s going to Mars without our help

NASA’s top priority is still taking humans to Mars, and it says private companies who want to do the same don’t stand a chance without its support. Administrator Charles Bolden told a US House budget committee, …

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:16 am

NASA Spacecraft Is About To Crash Into Mercury

NASA Spacecraft Is About To Crash Into MercuryMercury is about to get a visitor. The NASA MESSENGER spacecraft that's been orbiting Mercury and collecting data for four years is about to run out of fuel. And when it does, it's going to hit the tiny planet's surface at about 8,750 miles per hour. Mission operators in mission control at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory…

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 8:35 am

Club to celebrate Astronomy Day with viewing party

Club to celebrate Astronomy Day with viewing partyLompoc’s local astronomy club will celebrate National Astronomy Day with a viewing party at the club’s observatory April 25.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 7:00 am

NASA’s MESSENGER Probe Prepares For Collision With Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER Probe Prepares For Collision With MercuryNASA's MESSENGER probe will run out of fuel and smash into the surface of Mercury, creating a new crater on the surface of the planet closest to the sun. NASA expects the probe will hit Mercury at a speed of around 9,000 mph. "Messenger is going to create a new crater on Mercury sometime in the near future," John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator, said today in a video conference. MESSENGER recently completed its 4,065th orbit and has about 40 left before NASA expects the spacecraft to run out of fuel and crash into the planet nearest the sun.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 12:32 am

Celebrate with NASA as Agency Commemorates Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April 20-26.Hubble, the world’s first space telescope, was launched on April 24, 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. In its quarter-century in orbit, the observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. …

Posted on 16 April 2015 | 8:46 pm

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International Space Symposium delegates tour of Colorado aerospace sector – The Denver Post


International Space Symposium delegates tour of Colorado aerospace sector
The Denver Post
A German Space Agency delegation tours the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder on Friday. Edgar Johansson, right foreground, manager of strategic initiatives with LASP, leads the tour. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post).

Posted on 19 April 2015 | 6:02 am

Spotsylvania County students participate in Cubes in Space program – Fredericksburg.com


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Spotsylvania County students participate in Cubes in Space program
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The students had to put the samples of super glue, tacky glue and glue dots in a small plastic cube, which will travel about 25 miles into space on a sounding rocket. A total of 80 cubes submitted by students from various countries will be in the

Posted on 19 April 2015 | 4:08 am

Racing rovers under the space shuttle, climbing Martian hills, and navigating … – AL.com


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Racing rovers under the space shuttle, climbing Martian hills, and navigating
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Arab High School – Team 1 races their moonbuggy pass the space shuttle as students, teachers, and engineering enthusiasts from all over the world gathered under the space shuttle at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the 2015 NASA Human …

Posted on 19 April 2015 | 12:19 am

Body found in Stratton Open Space matches description of missing woman – KRDO


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Body found in Stratton Open Space matches description of missing woman
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Colorado Springs Fire Department confirms the body found in Stratton Open Space matches the description of Ksenia Quiros. She went missing in the area Wednesday. Colorado Springs Fire Department said a volunteer found a woman's body and he …
Woman's body discovered by hikers in open space believed to be missing momColorado Springs Gazette
Body found in open space likely missing mom9NEWS.com
Search for missing woman in Straton Open Space heats upFOX21News.com
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 8:25 pm

Celebrate 25 years of Hubble Space Telescope – EarthSky


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Celebrate 25 years of Hubble Space Telescope
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Friday, April 24 (8 to 9 p.m.) — Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW, Washington — Astronauts, scientists, engineers, technicians, educators, and staff who have contributed to Hubble's success will be honored at a …
Three networks pay tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope, which has sent New York Daily News
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years onThe Independent
Space X, Hubble, Coffee: The Cost Of Doing Business In SpaceInformationWeek
Clapway -Gizmag -Air & Space Magazine
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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 5:52 pm

Hyundai Genesis Writes Message In Sand That Can Be Seen From Space – Forbes


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Hyundai Genesis Writes Message In Sand That Can Be Seen From Space
Forbes
I usually cover connected car topics, but this one is a bit different. It involves a daughter connecting with her dad long-distance via vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Or in this case, over a very long distance and with many different vehicles to one
An Astronaut's Daughter Sends A Heartfelt Message to Space Using Huge Tire Visual News

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:47 pm

April 17, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX supply ship joins up with space station – Spaceflight Now


Spaceflight Now

April 17, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX supply ship joins up with space station
Spaceflight Now
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti extended the space station's 58-foot Canadian-built robotic arm to grab hold of the Dragon capsule at 6:55 a.m. EDT (1055 GMT), then engineers on Earth took over to steadily move the supply ship to …
SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Capsule Arrives at Space StationSpace.com
First Espresso Machine in Space Arrives at Space StationYahoo Food
SpaceX Shipment Arrives at International Space StationNew York Times
NBCNews.com
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 7:50 pm

College apologizes for serving Mexican food at space alien-themed party – Fox News


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College apologizes for serving Mexican food at space alien-themed party
Fox News
A California college has apologized for its “insensitivity” after serving Mexican food at an official school night party whose theme, “Intergalactic,” included decorations featuring aliens from outer space. In a letter addressed to its student body
College apologizes for serving 'offensive' Mexican food during space-themed Campus Reform

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 4:03 pm

Swedish Brothers Launch First Doughnut Into Space – Popular Science


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Swedish Brothers Launch First Doughnut Into Space
Popular Science
“I'm really into space and photography, and I used to play around with weather balloons back in school. Then we had the idea that we should send something really crazy up into space and thought, 'Hey, nobody has ever sent a doughnut up before,'” …
Meet the First Donut That Went to SpaceSmithsonian

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 1:19 pm

Our risky dependence on Russia’s space tech – CNN


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Our risky dependence on Russia's space tech
CNN
Mike Rogers is a national security commentator for CNN and a former chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Ellen Tauscher served as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 2009 to 2012 and

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Posted on 16 April 2015 | 12:26 pm

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NASA Exercises Contract Option for White Sands Test Facility

NASA is exercising its second cost-plus-award-fee option to extend the period of performance with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide test evaluation and support services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Radiation Challenge Winners, Launches Next Round to Seek Ideas for Protecting Humans on the Journey to Mars

NASA awarded $12,000 to five winners of a challenge to mitigate radiation exposure on deep space missions and launched a new follow-on challenge to identify innovative ways of protecting crews on the journey to Mars.

Posted on 16 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

Celebrate with NASA as Agency Commemorates Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary

NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April 20-26.

Posted on 16 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Spacecraft Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury

After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant.

Posted on 16 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 to Continue Land Imaging Legacy

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century.

Posted on 16 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America’s technology-driven economy right here on Earth.

Posted on 15 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

Posted on 14 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Nears Historic July 14 Encounter with Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.

Posted on 14 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

Research for One-Year Space Station Mission Among NASA Cargo Launched Aboard SpaceX Resupply Flight

Research that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars is among the two tons of cargo now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 14 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Posted on 14 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Celebrate MESSENGER Mission Prior to Surface Impact of Mercury

NASA will hold a media and public event at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 16, to share scientific findings and technical accomplishments of the agency’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

Posted on 13 April 2015 | 4:00 pm