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Rising sea levels could flood NASA facilities

Many people might still see climate change as something that’s up for debate, but rising sea levels are not. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (which sounds like a worrisome lot) has predicted that before long, five of NASA’s most important facilities, including launch pads and astronaut …

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Matrix like stomach bugs could perform surgery in space

One of the most horrifying parts of The Matrix, wasn’t that we were being grown and harvested like cattle, in a situation that makes you wonder, “why not just use cattle?” but that if you gave the robots any problems, the agents would impregnate you with a little, belly button …

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Morpheus methane moon lander completes eighth free flight

NASA’s Morpheus moon lander, which runs on a much cleaner, methane/oxygen mix, has gone through another test flight at the Kennnedy Space Centre and performed brilliantly, making use of its vertical take off and landing (VTOL) system for both ascent and descent. Most impressively of course, it did this in …

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Origami used to design new space probe solar panels

Often used as a tool for relaxation – or a murderous weapon if you’re watching Seven Psychopaths – the art of paper folding, or Origami, can now add another use to its resume, as  a team of engineers from Brigham Young University has been in touch with an origami mathematician to figure …

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Curiosity rover finds ancient fresh water lake

NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to throw up exciting information about its current home, Mars, where it has found evidence that suggests there was once a fresh water lake in an area known as Yellowknife Bay that was neither too acidic, nor too alkaline to support life. abortion persuasive essay Announced …

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NASA shows future of space communications with lasers

Of course it’s lasers right? I mean what other technology would you use in space. It’s not for shooting enemy ships though, but for communication, offering some serious bandwidth across the cosmos, vastly improving on old space-based data transmission technology. Known as the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD), this project …

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NASA picks new generation of astronauts

While the shuttle project might be dead and it might be a few years yet until a new US based launch vehicle is ready to go, this hasn’t stopped NASA recruiting its next generation of astronauts, picking eight individuals who will become trainees at the organisation, hoping to one day …

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Youtube sensation astronaut lands down safely

Astronauts should be some of the most celebrated individuals in the world. They’re pushing the boundaries of what humans can experience and they’re helping secure the future survival of our species by probing the frontiers of humanity’s cosmic territory. It’s almost a shame that it’s taken a well-sung video of …

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NASA takes a closer look at super-bright comet

Researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) have been using the Swift telescope to take a closer look at ISON, a comet that could be the brightest one for the past 50 years – though it won’t hit its peak luminosity until it grazes the sun, at a …

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Largest and lightest solar sail set to launch in 2014

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NASA may have just got the Curiosity Rover back online, but researchers are already making plans for future projects, one of which is the 2014 launch window for the world’s biggest solar sail, known as the Sunjammer project. A solar sail works by harnessing a combination of light and high …

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Curiosity rover is photo sharing again

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After a malfunction that booted the little guy into safe mode – we’re assuming the intergalactic version of a BSOD – the Mars Curiosity Rover is once again transmitting pictures across the cosmos to our humble blue marble of a planet. Unfortunately however, the little guy may need to take …

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NASA does nothing to assuage the world’s fears of asteroids

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If you thought NASA chief, Charles Bolden, speaking to the US House of Representatives on the subject of world ending asteroids, would bring us some solutions to the potential threat, you’d be sorely mistaken. If it happened within the next few weeks, Bolden believes the best course of action would be …

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Iranian scientist pioneers deep space freeze programming

Here on Earth, we think that temperature extremes involve moving from summer in the Middle East (regularly up to 50 degrees) right through to winter in the Arctic (regularly down to -50 degrees). But when you move into space, the numbers change. Work by an Iranian scientist has pushed the …

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Nasa wants you – to make infographics

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NASA is an organisation that likes to look at space, take pictures and take notes. In other words, looking up at that big black canvas, Nasa has determined a lot of things, which means a lot of data. In-fact, NASA has so much data that it’s difficult to sift through …

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Privatisation of space is a success claims SpaceX

One of the more fascinating mornings was had by the KitGuru team today, as we hunkered down around live-feed HD screens to watch/listen/experience the wonder of privatised space flight, with the launch of the Dragon C2+ space craft in the direction of the International Space Station. KitGuru dons an orange …

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NASA focuses on green flights into the blue

If you want to live near a major city, but can’t afford major city housing prices – then there’s always the airport. Running a quick check on the flight paths around a city – and you can pretty much decide on where the lowest property prices will be. But this …

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Ozone hole over Antarctica causes concern

Scientists have been analysing the Ozone hole over the Antarctica and have came to a rather frightening conclusion. The hole reached its annual peak on September the 12th and stretched across 10.05 million square miles, according to a report that NASA filed yesterday. NASA work with the National Oceanographic and …

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$1.6 billion to be funded into ‘Space Taxis’ by NASA

NASA are going to pump around $1.6 billion into private companies, willing to develop space transportation services. The US space agency will be requiring complete systems to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by the middle of the decade. US President Obama has filed for $850 million for the …

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‘Invisible World’ found by NASA craft

The NASA Kepler spacecraft has apparently found an ‘invisible’ world after detecting a planet which revolves around its orbit at irregular intervals. Sarah Ballard of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is the lead author on the study and she said “This invisible planet makes itself known by its influence …

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Nasa aim to send robot spacecraft to asteroid

NASA announced yesterday that they plan on launching a robot based spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016, to help them understand how life began. The mission will cost a hefty $800 million and the plans are to get the robot to collect pieces of the asteroid. If successful it will …

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Boeing given $92.3M from NASA for spacecraft

Boeing Co. have won a NASA award worth $92.3 million for future work on designing a spacecraft which could carry crews to space stations. Boeing are under contract with NASA to design the CST-100, which will carry a crew of seven people into low orbit over the earth. Boeing has …

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NASA plans for Mars Rover 3D camera cancelled

NASA have had to cancel plans to build a 3D camera for the next robotic rover that they will send to Mars. Time was against them and they wouldn’t have had enough time to test the device for inclusion on the new ‘curiosity’ rover scheduled to launch later this year. …

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NASA release first 360 degree image of the sun

NASA released the first 360 degree image of the entire sun, which comes courtesy of NASA’s twin STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft, which aligned exactly opposite each other around the sun to capture the image. Richard Harris, the principal investigator for the U.K. instruments on STEREO, said “The sun …

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NASA find new ‘life on Mars’ evidence

Researchers at the American space agency have found new signs of life after the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck in wet ground on the red planet. Astronomers are excited by the latest discovery which they claim proves that water, important for the existance of life has formed on Mars, …

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