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NASA explains how it knows so much about alien planets

David Smothers December 5, 2013

How do you understand something you can barely see, never visited and is light years away from us? By being really, really smart at connecting dots. In this video, NASA explains its process in figuring out what alien planets are like with the limited information it has. It’s like being able to create a clear… Continue Reading »

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The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

David Smothers September 29, 2013

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station’s robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was carrying 1,300 pounds of supplies. The spacecraft was supposed… Continue Reading »

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

David Smothers September 26, 2013

Just when you thought ol’ Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That’s right. There’s water on Mars. Impressive as it is, though, the… Continue Reading »

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NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

David Smothers September 12, 2013

    Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago. The environment inside our solar bubble is dominated… Continue Reading »

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This Is How NASA Will 3D Print in Space

David Smothers August 13, 2013

NASA recently announced that it plans to take a 3D printer into space in 2014—and now it wants you to see how it will work. This video—complete with some awful music—shows off how astronauts will soon be able to print objects as they orbit Earth. Or, as astronaut Timothy Creamer puts it, how it will… Continue Reading »

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ISS Astronauts Are Spacewalking Now and You Can Watch It Here Live

David Smothers July 9, 2013

NASA’s Chris Cassidy and his colleague from the European Space Agency Luca Parmitano are currently in the middle of a six-hour spacewalk. This is the first of two spacewalks the Cassidy-Parmitano duo will make this month as they prepare the ISS for a Russian laboratory module that will be installed at the end of the… Continue Reading »

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Gaze Upon All Of Mercury For The First Time Ever

David Smothers June 17, 2013

The existence of our solar system’s innermost planet has been common knowledge since ancient times, but that doesn’t actually mean we’ve always know much about it. Mercury’s proximity to the Sun has allowed it to jealously guard its secrets, and so this NASA video offers an unprecedentedly detailed view of the planet’s surface. This video… Continue Reading »

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Massive Explosion Visible To Naked Eye Seen On Moon

David Smothers May 20, 2013

‘Equivalent to 5 TONNES of TNT going off’, says NASA Sensational news today from the Moon, as skywatchers say a huge explosion – as bright as a star, and visible from Earth with the naked eye – has been seen on the lunar surface. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as… Continue Reading »

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How NASA’s Nuclear Rockets Will Take Us Way Beyond Mars

David Smothers April 2, 2013

The first people to step on to the surface of Mars won’t arrive aboard the chemical-fueled rockets that delivered Apollo 11 to the Moon—they simply don’t provide enough thrust to get to the Red Planet before exposing their crews to months of dangerous space radiation. Instead, NASA is turning to long-ignored nuclear-thermal rocket technology to… Continue Reading »

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Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover

David Smothers February 28, 2013

PASADENA, Calif. – The ground team for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active. The intentional swap at about 2:30 a.m. PST today (Thursday, Feb. 28) put the rover, as anticipated, into a minimal-activity precautionary status… Continue Reading »

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