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How NASA makes sure we don’t contaminate the Solar System

How NASA makes sure we don't contaminate the Solar SystemYou’re going to need to clean your spacecraft first. Any missions that NASA sends to other worlds nearby have to adhere to something called planetary protection. It’s the rule of preventing "harmful contamination" of the places we explore in the Solar System.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 6:10 pm

NASA probe set to make closest approach yet to Jupiter

This image obtained from NASA, shows a color view from NASA's Juno spacecraft made from some of the first images taken by JunoCam after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th, 2016NASA's Juno space probe on Saturday was set to pass the closest it will get to the planet Jupiter during the main phase of its planned mission to the gas giant, the US space agency's officials said. Juno was to swing within some 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of the solar system's largest planet, the closest any spacecraft has passed, traveling at 130,000 miles per hour (208,000 kilometers per hour) at around 5:51 am (12:51 GMT). It was the first time Juno’s eight scientific instruments and its camera were switched on, marking the science mission's start, officials said in a statement on NASA's website.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 5:50 pm

NASA’s "Spinoff" is the Coolest Magazine You’ve Never Read

NASA's "Spinoff" is the Coolest Magazine You've Never ReadThere's a periodical dedicated to finding space technology in everyday items, and all 40 issues are now available online for free.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 4:15 pm

SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with Crucial NASA Research Samples

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 26, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA immediately. Dragon then will be prepared for a return trip to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:34 pm

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will snap the first up close images of Jupiter on Saturday

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will snap the first up close images of Jupiter on SaturdayNASA’s Juno spacecraft will get cozy with Jupiter this weekend, as the vehicle makes its closest approach to the gas giant early Saturday morning at 8:51AM ET. Juno, which is in orbit around Jupiter, will come within 2,500 miles of the planet’s clouds — the closest the probe will get during its mission. It will also be the first time that Juno passes by Jupiter with all of its instruments turned on, meaning NASA is about to get a bunch of juicy new data.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 3:34 pm

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad ideaSince news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate. Regulators are investigating the crash to determine whether the fault was with the human driver, Autopilot itself—or a combination of both. NASA has been studying the pyschological effects of automation for decades, and thus may have something to teach Tesla, notes Scientific American.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 1:30 pm

NASA Tests Mars-Bound Orion Spacecraft

NASA completed the second-to-last splashdown test Thursday for its Orion spacecraft, which the agency plans to use to send humans to Mars.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 7:35 am

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency’s Journey to Mars.Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. …

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 9:28 pm

NASA Nears the End of Its Splashdown Tests for Mars Craft

NASA has simulated a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 9:24 pm

NASA Awards Next Generation Land Mobile Radio Contract

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has awarded the Next Generation Land Mobile Radio contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Linthicum Heights, Maryland.This is a firm-fixed-price contract with indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) components. The contract has a one-year base period, beginning Sept. 1, and four one-year options that total approximately $1.8 million. The IDIQ portion of the contract has a maximum value of $7.3 million. The total contract value, including all options, is approximately $9.1 million. The period of performance runs through Aug. …

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 8:44 pm

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US Air Force Moves to Prevent Militarization of Space – Motley Fool


US Air Force Moves to Prevent Militarization of Space
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Nukes in space. Killer satellites. The militarization of space. These are all scary concepts, dating back to the bad old days of the Cold War and worries over countrywide, electromagnetic pulse-spawned blackouts. And on this score, we've got both good

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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 4:13 pm

Astronauts celebrate Science Museum’s… – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press


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Astronauts celebrate Science Museum's…
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Mackbee and a handful of other black youths from the Twin Cities took part in the unusual outer space discussion. The event was hosted by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who joined the kids in a paddle adventure Friday to spotlight the

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 4:02 pm

Vikings Voyage Fan Space Honors Heritage, Embarks into Future – Vikings.com


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Vikings Voyage Fan Space Honors Heritage, Embarks into Future
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“Our goal was to create a space where fans of all ages could celebrate Vikings and what it means to be a Viking, whether you have been a fan for generations or you're brand new to the organization or a young child,” said Vikings Executive Director

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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 2:49 pm

This Space Start-Up Just Landed Its First Big Customer – Motley Fool


This Space Start-Up Just Landed Its First Big Customer
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As we discussed back in May, Vector Space Systems is the new rocket maker founded by space-industry veteran and SpaceX alum Jim Cantrell. But whereas SpaceX focuses on cutting the cost of launching large commercial and government satellites by …

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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 2:13 pm

SpaceX’s biggest rival is developing “space trucks” to ferry cargo in an orbital economy – Quartz


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SpaceX's biggest rival is developing “space trucks” to ferry cargo in an orbital economy
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Key to all of this is making it cheaper to actually get to space. As of 2015, SpaceX was able to cut the retail cost of its rockets to less than $100 million—as low as $62 million for certain commercial launches—while the cheapest ULA rocket costs
Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space StationSpace.com
Dragon capsule returns to Earth with space giftsChristian Science Monitor
Space Capsule Returns To Earth Carrying Over 3000 Pounds Of Scientific Research SamplesThe Inquisitr
Science World Report –New Atlas –NBCNews.com –NASA
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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 9:01 am

Collaborative wants 1 big space – Toledo Blade


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Collaborative wants 1 big space
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Acknowledging Friday that the architectural and design firm plans to move its offices by January into vacant space on the first floor of One SeaGate, one of the company's principals said changes in technology and the way companies develop synergy among …

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 4:08 am

U. of C. safe space critic named on college’s website as safe space ally – Chicago Tribune


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U. of C. safe space critic named on college's website as safe space ally
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Except some student leaders were quick to point out the elite South Side college does, in fact, maintain what it calls "safe spaces." The University of Chicago website includes an LGBTQ "Safe Space Ally Network" where students can find haven with
U. of Chicago Asks for Safe Space … for AdministratorsInside Higher Ed (blog)
How Opposed to Safe Spaces Is the University of Chicago?Mother Jones
The Definition Of A Safe Space Has Changed To Hurt Those It's Meant To ProtectRomper
Advocate.com –Heat Street –Bustle –The Atlantic
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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 1:31 am

How Olivia Kim Finds the Hottest Brands for Nordstrom’s SPACE Boutique – Hollywood Reporter


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How Olivia Kim Finds the Hottest Brands for Nordstrom's SPACE Boutique
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With the launch of its new shop-in-shop boutique, SPACE at Nordstrom, the department store is introducing up-and-coming designers as well as more established brands that aren't necessarily your traditional department store staples. Apparel, shoes and …

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:08 am

Space Photos of the Week: This Star Ain’t No Angel – WIRED


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Space Photos of the Week: This Star Ain't No Angel
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Slide: 1 / of 6 . Caption: This image of the sky around the bright star Alpha Centauri AB. The blue halo around Alpha Centauri AB is an artifact of the photographic process, the star is really pale yellow in color like the sun.Digitized Sky Survey 2

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:02 am

Build the right workout space for your home – CNN.com – CNN


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Build the right workout space for your home – CNN.com
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A smaller-step, progressive approach is more sustainable, enabling you to match your budget and space allocation to your growing dedication and needs.

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 11:50 am

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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with Crucial NASA Research Samples

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 26, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:04 pm

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency’s Journey to Mars.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 8:46 pm

NASA Awards Information Technology Services Contract

NASA has awarded an information technology services contract to All Points Logistics, LLC of Merritt Island, Florida, to perform a wide range of support services at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Posted on 24 August 2016 | 8:20 pm

NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, who is making final preparations for a September launch to the International Space Station, is available for live satellite interviews from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 6. The interviews will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Posted on 24 August 2016 | 7:18 pm

NASA Flies to Africa to Study Climate Effects of Smoke on Clouds

NASA scientists and two research aircraft are on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction.

Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:01 pm

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for NOAA’s GOES-R November Launch

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) weather and environmental satellite, currently planned for Nov. 4.

Posted on 24 August 2016 | 1:27 pm

Media Invited to Interview Future Space Station Crew, Attend Televised NASA Briefing

NASA is inviting media to attend a news conference and conduct one-on-one interviews Tuesday, Aug. 30, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, with three crewmembers currently preparing for a November launch to the International Space Station. The 2 p.m. EDT news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 8:42 pm

NASA TV Coverage Set for US Cargo Ship Departure from International Space Station

After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment – including a docking adapter for future American commercial crew spacecraft – a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is set to leave the International Space Station Friday, Aug. 26. NASA Television will provide coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 5:45 a.m. EDT.

Posted on 22 August 2016 | 5:47 pm

NASA TV to Air U.S. Spacewalk, Briefing

On Sept. 1, two NASA astronauts will spacewalk outside the International Space Station for the second time in less than two weeks.

Posted on 22 August 2016 | 2:59 pm

NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

Posted on 17 August 2016 | 5:50 pm