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 NASA Reaches Out to Universities for Smallsat Technology Collaborations

NASA Reaches Out to Universities for Smallsat Technology Collaborations

NASA is extending an opportunity to college and university teams to propose small spacecraft technology projects that they can conduct in collaboration with NASA researchers.


 ESA Astronaut Cristoforetti Sends Greetings to #SpaceApps Participants

ESA Astronaut Cristoforetti Sends Greetings to #SpaceApps Participants Video in Story

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sent this greeting to participants at SpaceApps Challenge including in Rome, taking place over the weekend of 11 and 12 April. This is part of the International Space Apps Challenge initiated by NASA, with events in cities all over the world.


 3D Printed Lunar Building Block

3D Printed Lunar Building Block

This building block of a future Moon base, 3D-printed from simulated lunar material, is now on show at the Hypervital exhibition, part of the International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne, France.


 Hall Thruster Research: Propelling Deep Space Missions

Hall Thruster Research: Propelling Deep Space Missions

Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center are advancing the propulsion system that will propel the first ever mission to redirect an asteroid for astronauts to explore in the 2020s.


 NASA-funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-rays

NASA-funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-rays

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays.


Snagging Derelict Spacecraft With A Net Video in Story

One of humanity's oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites.


 Half a Century of Space Walks

Half a Century of Space Walks

On 18 March 1965 Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to perform a spacewalk, when he ventured from his Voskhod spacecraft.


Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology Video in Story

It's tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That's why the area where the Mars rover Curiosity team had targeted to land was an ellipse that may seem large, measuring 12 miles by 4 miles (20 by 7 kilometers).


 NASA Challenge Invites Students to Help Design Mars Systems

NASA Challenge Invites Students to Help Design Mars Systems

College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA's journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.


 NASA's Super Pressure Balloon is Hoping to Break Records

NASA's Super Pressure Balloon is Hoping to Break Records

Residents in the Southern Hemisphere's mid-latitudes, such as Argentina and South Africa, may catch a glimpse of a large NASA heavy-lift scientific balloon as it travels around the globe on a potentially record-breaking flight.


 ESA Selects Sixth 'Spin Your Thesis!' Teams

ESA Selects Sixth 'Spin Your Thesis!' Teams

Four teams of university students have been selected to develop and conduct their hypergravity experiments during ESA's sixth 'Spin Your Thesis!' campaign, to be held 7-18 September 2015.


 Probes Launched Into The Northern Lights

Probes Launched Into The Northern Lights

In the cold, nighttime skies over Alaska, a NASA Oriole IV suborbital sounding rocket blasted off from the Poker Flat Research Range today at 3:41 a.m. (MST)


Planetary Society Announces LightSail Spacecraft Test Flight Video in Story

The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight.


 ESA Illuminates The Future of Optical Communications

ESA Illuminates The Future of Optical Communications

The future of space communications was illuminated by this test, as a laser beam was shone from ESA's Optical Ground Station in Tenerife to the International Space Station in orbit.


 Photonic Booms May Help Illuminate Astronomical Secrets

Photonic Booms May Help Illuminate Astronomical Secrets

If you sweep a laser pointer across the Moon fast enough, you can create spots that actually move faster than light. Anyone can do it.


 Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Camera Receives Funding Approval

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Camera Receives Funding Approval

Plans for the construction of the world's largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone.


 ESA Is Interested in Cubesats

ESA Is Interested in Cubesats

In parallel with the Proba minisatellite missions, ESA is now also utilising much smaller 'CubeSat' nanosatellites. These are employed for the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of miniaturised technologies and for small payload-driven missions.


Crowdsourcing Exceeds One Million Classifications of Possible Planetary Habitats Video in Story

A NASA-sponsored website designed to crowdsource analysis of data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has reached an impressive milestone.


 Force-Feedback Experiment on the Space Station

Force-Feedback Experiment on the Space Station

In a milestone for space robotics, the International Space Station has hosted the first full run of ESA's experiment with a force-reflecting joystick.


 Open Source Mission Control for the Chrome Browser

Open Source Mission Control for the Chrome Browser Video in Story

Jay Trimble, a member of the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, discusses Open Source Mission Control for the Chrome Browser as part of the Google Talks series.



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