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 Molten Metals in Spin Cycle on ESA's Centrifuge

Molten Metals in Spin Cycle on ESA's Centrifuge

The experimenters stared through bulletproof glass at the whirling 8 m-diameter centrifuge. Never mind the shaking or stirring of drink cocktails - what happens when you spin a cocktail of molten metal?


 Europa CubeSat Proposals Selected for Study

Europa CubeSat Proposals Selected for Study

NASA has chosen proposals from 10 universities to study CubeSat concepts that could enhance a Europa mission concept currently under study by NASA.


 Shrink-wrapping Spacesuits

Shrink-wrapping Spacesuits

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils.


 RapidScat: Some Assembly Required -- in Space

RapidScat: Some Assembly Required -- in Space

NASA's ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 19, will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the space station itself.


NASA 3-D Printed Rocket Injector Roars to Life Video in Story

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


 How the Universe Works: Building a Space Ark

How the Universe Works: Building a Space Ark Video in Story

Humans must expand to other planets and that requires building a spacecraft capable of crossing interstellar space. The craft will have to house thousands of people, and it's too big to be built on Earth.


 Deploying Cubesats From the ISS

Deploying Cubesats From the ISS

In the grasp of the Japanese robotic arm, the CubeSat deployer releases a pair of NanoRacks CubeSat miniature satellites.


 Robotic Refueling Mission Upgrade

Robotic Refueling Mission Upgrade

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM).


 Inside NEEMO

Inside NEEMO

This is a view inside the 400 square-foot habitat housing the NEEMO 18 crew for nine days underwater off Key Largo, and it includes one of the portals that will be the crew's "eyes" to the ocean environment.


 Playing With SPHERES in Space

Playing With SPHERES in Space

The free-flying robots were equipped with stereoscopic goggles called the Visual Estimation and Relative Tracking for Inspection of Generic Objects, or VERTIGO, to enable the SPHERES to perform relative navigation based on a 3D model of a target object.


 TechDemoSat-1 Video From Orbit Captures View of Earth

TechDemoSat-1 Video From Orbit Captures View of Earth Video in Story

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released a video from a camera mounted on an exterior panel of TechDemoSat-1, which shows the satellite moments after separation from the Fregat upper stage of its Soyuz-2 launcher, and as it begins its first orbit in Space.


 RockOn Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully

RockOn Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully Video in Story

The RockOn Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket containing multiple student-built experiments launched successfully at 7:21 a.m. EDT on June 26, 2014 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The payload was recovered and has been returned to Wallops.


 College Students Study Earth From NASA's DC-8 Flying Lab

College Students Study Earth From NASA's DC-8 Flying Lab

Thirty-two undergraduate students from a like number of colleges and universities are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research.


 Made In Space 3D Printer Gets Green Light from NASA for Launch

Made In Space 3D Printer Gets Green Light from NASA for Launch

After passing the last NASA test, Made In Space will see its 3D printer launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in August by SpaceX as part of NASA's 4th Commercial Resupply mission (CRS-4).


 Leveraging Citizen Science and Machine Learning to Detect Interstellar Bubbles

Leveraging Citizen Science and Machine Learning to Detect Interstellar Bubbles

We present Brut, an algorithm to identify bubbles in infrared images of the Galactic midplane. Brut is based on the Random Forest algorithm, and uses bubbles identified by >35,000 citizen scientists from the Milky Way Project to discover the identifying characteristics of bubbles in images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.


 NASA Selects Projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

NASA Selects Projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.


 Mission Accomplished for REXUS 15 & 16 Student Experiments

Mission Accomplished for REXUS 15 & 16 Student Experiments

This year's Rocket Experiments for University Students (REXUS) campaign has been completed. Eight student experiments reached the stratosphere on two rockets. Now the hard work of analysing the results begins.


 Towards Building a Crowd-Sourced Sky Map

Towards Building a Crowd-Sourced Sky Map

We describe a system that builds a high dynamic-range and wide-angle image of the night sky by combining a large set of input images.


NASA Beams "Hello, World!" Video from Space via Laser Video in Story

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.


HUNCH Students Create Designs to Help Astronauts Video in Story

More than 200 middle and high school students from the Peninsula and surrounding school districts in Virginia spent the last year designing projects that could make living in space a little easier for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, or ISS.



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