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 Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.


 Putting Everyday Computer Parts to Space Radiation Test

Putting Everyday Computer Parts to Space Radiation Test

ESA's next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories perform in the radiation-soaked environment of space.


 Space Mystery Solved By A CubeSat

Space Mystery Solved By A CubeSat

A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students.


 Astronomy CubeSat Deployed From ISS

Astronomy CubeSat Deployed From ISS

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years.


 Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

NASA ground controllers have begun checking out and commissioning a shoebox-sized spacecraft that the agency purposely built to show that CubeSat platforms could be cost-effective, reliable, and capable of gathering highly robust science.


 CubeSat To Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology

CubeSat To Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology

Behind every weather forecast--from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update--are the satellites that make them possible.


 Citizen Scientist Spots Comet Tails Streaking past Distant Star

Citizen Scientist Spots Comet Tails Streaking past Distant Star

This research was presented in the paper "The Fornax Deep Survey with VST. II. Fornax A: A Two-phase Assembly Caught in the Act", by E. Iodice et al., in the Astrophysical Journal.


 NASA FINDER Technology Aids Search Following Mexico Earthquake

NASA FINDER Technology Aids Search Following Mexico Earthquake

Disaster relief workers on the ground in Mexico City were responding to this week's 7.1-magnitude earthquake by using a suitcase-sized radar instrument capable of detecting human heartbeats under rubble.


 New Thruster Design Increases Efficiency

New Thruster Design Increases Efficiency

Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars.


 The Andromeda Study: A Femto-Spacecraft Mission to Alpha Centauri

The Andromeda Study: A Femto-Spacecraft Mission to Alpha Centauri

This paper discusses the physics, engineering and mission architecture relating to a gram-sized interstellar probe propelled by a laser beam.


 Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf

Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star.


 Colorado Students Participate in Record-setting Launch

Colorado Students Participate in Record-setting Launch

A 53-foot-tall high-power sport rocket carried payloads thousands of feet above the New Mexico desert today at Spaceport America.


 Space Station Microscope Gets A 3D Upgrade

Space Station Microscope Gets A 3D Upgrade

Microscopes afford us the opportunity to look at particles that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, but these particles can sometimes be masked by gravity.


 Exploring Underground With a Colliding Drone

Exploring Underground With a Colliding Drone

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map.


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New "Styrofoam" Planet Provides Tools in the Search For Habitable Planets

Fifth-graders making styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea.


 NASA Issues a Challenge to Speed Up Its Supercomputer Code

NASA Issues a Challenge to Speed Up Its Supercomputer Code

Do you, or someone you know, know how to program computers? NASA has a challenging assignment for you.


 NASA Seeks 'FabLab' Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing

NASA Seeks 'FabLab' Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing

NASA is seeking proposals for development of a first-generation, in-space, multi-material fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, for space missions.


 AstroPlant: Citizen Science for Growing Plants in Space

AstroPlant: Citizen Science for Growing Plants in Space

AstroPlant is a citizen science initiative that aims to inspire home-gardeners, schools, urban farmers and enthusiasts to nourish seeds selected by the MELiSSA team. Data recorded via a smartphone app will be sent to ESA for processing.


Printing Bricks From Moondust Using The Sun's Heat Video in Story

Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight - proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.


 Dealing With Space Debris

Dealing With Space Debris Video in Story

With more than 750 000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight is a major finding from Europe's largest-ever conference on space debris.



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