NASA on Thursday posted a “For Lease” sign on one of its space shuttle launch pads, as it continues to downsize and revamp the Kennedy Space Center following the program’s retirement.
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We’ve written several times about recent habitable planet findings, such as the discovery of three such planets on April 18 via the Kepler space telescope. Such planets exist within the habitable zone, but aren’t necessarily capable of supporting life, and we won’t know for sure without studying each one individually. The distance at which many
NASA’s Curiosity rover drills again.
NASA’s rover Curiosity has drilled into a rock on Mars for just the second time during its mission.s
We’ve heard about 3D-printed guns and a 3D-printed implant, but a new project is taking the use of these printing machines to a whole new level: 3D-printed food. Such is the goal of Anjan Contractor, who received a $ 125,000 6-month NASA grant to build a prototype. If successful, the resulting system would not only provide
Google’s announcement last week that it plans to launch a new quantum computing laboratory with NASA may have boosted a highly specialized and slightly obscure field of study into a more mainstream light.
NASA scientists have recorded what they say is the largest explosion ever seen on the Moon. A meteoroid roughly the size of a small boulder crashed into the moon, creating a large explosion that NASA says could have been seen with the naked eye. The meteoroid was said to have weighed around 90 pounds and
From a NASA press release published Friday: “For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. ‘Lunar meteor showers’ have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year. They’ve just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program.” Watch the flash for yourself.
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The moon has a new hole on its surface thanks to a boulder that slammed into it in March, creating the biggest explosion scientists have seen on the moon since they started monitoring it.
The interstellar voyages of the Starship Enterprise have captured imaginations around the world for decades. But why? What makes “Star Trek” the enduring and thrilling science fiction epic it is today?
Google will co-invest in a quantum supercomputer lab near its Mountain View campus, exploring the potential for incredibly-fast processing tipped to run 11,000x faster at some tasks compared to a standard Intel chip. The computer itself will be manufactured by D-Wave and based at NASA‘s Ames Research Center, where the Universities Space Research Association nonprofit
The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab will use the most advanced commercially available quantum computer, the D-Wave Two.
Quantum computing took a giant leap forward on the world stage today as NASA and Google, in partnership with a consortium of universities, launched an initiative to investigate how the technology might lead to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.
To establish a sustainable settlement on Earth’s solar system neighbor, space travelers will have to learn how to grow food on Mars, experts say.
The contest is expected to draw at least 25 competing teams across the country to fly the robotic aircraft in restricted airspace above the Camp Atterbury military operating range in southern Indiana
After an ammonia leak was discovered on the International Space Station last night, NASA and the ISS crew are working together to come up with a fix. It’s been decided that an emergency spacewalk will be conducted to inspect the leak and attempt to fix it before matters get worse. The leak is on the
An emergency spacewalk is needed to resolve a radiator leaking small white flakes of ammonia into the cold vacuum of space, NASA said Friday afternoon.
A five and a half hour spacewalk culminated in a replaced pump controller and no small amount of relief, as the astronaut crew of the International Space Station hustled to fix the ammonia leak spotted late last week. NASA had warned the ISS crew that they’d need to venture outside of the orbiting research platform
The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost’s commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.
American astronauts could be forced to fly on Russian spacecraft beyond 2017 if Congress continues to cut funding for private crewed vehicles, NASA chief Charles Bolden says.
The launch of NASA’s PhoneSat mission last year was loaded with promise: finally, proof that mobile technology could power nanosatellites and stick it to The Man. The photos have returned, and… well, Lockheed won’t be scrapping its big satellites just yet. While we’re impressed that the Nexus Ones onboard the three PhoneSats delivered images from orbit through amateur radio waves, the transmission artifacts are more like those from 15-year-old online videos than what we see on the ground today. Don’t think that the effort was in vain, however — far from it. While the inaugural PhoneSats have burned up in reentry, as expected, future iterations should build on the experience and make a better case for small-scale spacecraft.
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NASA’s newest rover won’t be exploring another planet, but will take a look at part of our own.
A high-tech NASA telescope in orbit escaped a potentially disastrous collision with a Soviet-era Russian spy satellite this month in a close call that highlights the growing threat of orbital debris around Earth. NASA’s $ 690 million Fermi
NASA engineers have brought a long-running Mars rover out of stand-by mode after the robot ran into trouble last month.
NASA is blaming Congress for the need to pay $ 424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space.
NASA extends contract with Russians for ISS crew transportation, doesn’t see domestic flights until 2017
NASA has been relying on the Russians to get astronauts to the International Space Station since the shuttle program was retired in 2011, and it looks like it will be doing so for at least a few years longer. The space agency confirmed today that it’s been forced to extend its contract for crew transportation services with Rocosmos until June of 2017, a move that comes at a cost of some $ 424 million. In announcing the news, NASA also reiterated that it is “committed to launching U.S. astronauts aboard domestic spacecraft as soon as possible,” and says that it should be able to do so by 2017 provided it receives all of the funding outlined in the Obama administration’s 2014 budget. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden further adds that he’s “pleased with the progress our commercial crew providers are making,” and remains confident that (again, funding-provided) they will be helping it carry astronaute into space “in just a few short years.”
[Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]
Spectacular new images from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Saturn have captured the most detailed views ever of an enormous hurricane churning around the ringed planet’s north pole.
A hurricane is an impressive display of the power of nature, an unfortunate reality that sometimes causes more than its fair share of damage and grief. While we’re all familiar with what a hurricane on our own planet looks like, hurricanes on other planets have been something of a mystery. That changed this month when
NASA has launched three Google-HTC Nexus One smartphones into space in what scientists hope will be the lowest-cost satellites ever tested.
NASA’s Hubble space telescope has caught a glimpse of a fast moving comet, one of the brightest examples in decades, as it prepares to skim the surface of the sun later this year. Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON was first identified in September last year, with later observations leading astronomers to predict that the hurtling chunk
NASA‘s Solar Dynamics Observatory, more commonly known as SDO, has spent the last three years taking pictures of the sun, showing off its steady increase in activity as its latest 11-year cycle nears its peak. As part of the project, NASA has taken some of the images and compiled them into a single 3-minute video,
coondoggie writes “In the process of detailing its $ 17.7 billion 2014 budget this week, NASA highlighted a mission to snag a 500-ton asteroid, bring it back, stash it near the moon and study it. It also took the time to put in a plug for an ongoing research project called Solar Electric Propulsion, which NASA says could be the key technology it needs to pull off the asteroid plan.”
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coondoggie writes “There has been much chatter about the threat of an asteroid or significant meteor strike on Earth — mostly caused by the untracked meteor that blasted its way to international attention when it exploded in the sky above Russia injuring nearly 1,200 people in February. It was one of those amazing coincidences that on that same day an asteroid NASA had been tracking for months — asteroid 2012 DA14 — was to harmlessly cross Earth’s path. Those events and the topic of mitigating asteroid and meteor or Near Earth Object threats to Earth prompted a couple congressional hearings by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the latest of which was held this week. None of the NEOs found to date have more than a tiny chance of hitting Earth in the next century. Thus the near-term risk of an unwarned impact from large asteroids, and hence the majority of the risk from all NEOs, has been reduced by more than 90%. Assuming none are found to be an impact threat, discovering 90% of the 140 meter sized objects will further reduce the total risk to the 99% level. By finding these objects early enough and tracking their motions over the next 100 years, even those rare objects that might be found threatening could be deflected using existing technologies.”
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NASA unveiled a $ 17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 today (April 10) that continues major ongoing space exploration projects, while including funds to kick-start an audacious new mission to capture a small asteroid and park it near the moon so astronauts can explore it by 2025.
America won’t be repeating that historic one small step anytime soon — not according to NASA chief Charlie Bolden, anyway.
NASA will likely be funded $ 105 million for a new mission proposed by the Obama administration. President Obama will likely request the $ 105 million when he releases his federal budget request for 2014 next week. In the mission, NASA will seek out a 500-ton near-Earth asteroid (NEA) about 25-foot long, capture it, and drag it
NASA has decided on two “low-cost” missions that it plans on launching in 2017. The first project involves the MIT-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project, and the second project involves the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), which will be mounted onto the International Space Station. NASA will spend a total of $ 255 million
NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.
Within days, NASA’s robotic rovers and orbiters working on Mars will go silent as a solar conjunction interrupts communications between that planet and the Earth.
NASA will unveil the first discoveries from a powerful $ 2 billion particle physics experiment on the International Space Station in what could be a major vindication for the science tool, which almost never made it into space.
NASA’s James Hansen, a controversial and highly vocal voice of alarm about the planet’s changing climate, will retire as the director of the Goddard space institute, NASA announced Tuesday — and plans to immediately sue his former employer.
A NASA spacecraft scanning for the most powerful explosions in the universe has captured a photo of Comet ISON, an icy wanderer that could potentially dazzle stargazers when it swings close to the sun later this year.
Tired of seeing ads for cars and soda before the films you watch at the theater? Well, a successful crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo will see a trimmed down version of NASA’s ‘We Are Explorers’ video aired before showings of the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness in theaters all over the country. “Most people recognize space as a key expression of our character. They know our space programs as a globally recognized brand of ingenuity. The recently landed Mars Curiosity Rover was the latest reminder that space systems are the crown jewels of our scientific and technical prowess. Less known is the indispensable value space systems bring to our everyday lives. Space provides irreplaceable capabilities for defense, public health, finance, medicine, energy, agriculture, transportation, development and countless other fields. Investments in space programs are precisely about improving and protecting life on Earth. … By funding this campaign, we can remind students and the general public that our nation’s space agency is working hard on the next era of exploration.” The campaign’s funding goal was reached in just six days — their stretch goal will increase the number of theaters for the clip from 59 screens to 750. The movie comes out on May 17th.
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If you think using the Leap Motion controller for playing air guitar and typing without a keyboard was cool, try using it to control a NASA rover. Victor Luo and Jeff Norris from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab got on stage at the Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco to do just that with the ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer), which was located 383 miles away in Pasadena. As Luo waved his hand over the sensor, the robot moved in kind, reacting to the subtle movements of his fingers and wrists, wowing the crowd that watched it over a projected Google+ Hangout.
We spoke with Luo and Norris after the panel to gain further insight into the project. As Luo explains, one of JPL’s main goals is to build tools to control robots needed for space exploration. Seeing as the gaming industry is already rife with user-friendly controllers ripe for the plucking, it made sense to harness them for the job. “We’re very used to the bleeding edge,” he said. “From the Kinect to the PlayStation Move, they represent major investments into usability.” Hit the jump for our impressions of the simulation software, a look at JPL’s grander goal and for video clips of the demo and panel itself.
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The Russian Soyuz spacecraft, carrying a NASA astronaut and two cosmonauts, successfully rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station late last night.
NASA and its commercial allies are on track to launch astronauts into space from U.S. soil by 2017, unless the government’s sequester delays their efforts.
One NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to blast off in a Soyuz spacecraft this afternoon and should reach the International Space Station tonight.
Angry Birds have a new space coop.