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 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.


 New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials

New Method for 3-D Printing Extraterrestrial Materials

When humans begin to colonize the moon and Mars, they will need to be able to make everything from small tools to large buildings using the limited surrounding resources.


European Astro Pi Challenge Winners Announced Video in Story

ESA and its partners are happy to announce that 45 teams will soon have the unique opportunity to have their own experiments running in space after winning the first European Astro Pi Challenge.


 Futuristic Clock Prepared for Space

Futuristic Clock Prepared for Space

No one keeps time quite like NASA. Last month, the space agency's next-generation atomic clock was joined to the spacecraft that will take it into orbit in late 2017.


NASA's Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot Video in Story

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit


 Preparing The Advanced Plant Habitat For Space Flight

Preparing The Advanced Plant Habitat For Space Flight

Inside a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, scientists prepare Apogee wheat seeds for the science carrier, or base, of the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH).


NASA Releases Software Catalog For Free Public Access Video in Story

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.


 NASA Announces Eighth Class of Candidates for Launch of CubeSat Space Missions

NASA Announces Eighth Class of Candidates for Launch of CubeSat Space Missions

NASA has selected 34 small satellites from 19 states and the District of Columbia to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard missions planned to launch in 2018, 2019 and 2020.



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