Month: March 2019

WASHINGTON — The five-week partial government shutdown earlier this year that delayed elements of other NASA missions may have provided a reprieve of sorts for a troubled instrument on the agency’s next Mars mission. During a March 27 presentation to the National Academies’ Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science here, Ken Farley, project scientist for
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Adam Savage and a team of the best and brightest put duct tape to the ultimate test and investigate if the miracle material can be used as a viable parachute. Stream Full Episodes of MythBusters Jr.: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters-jr/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow
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NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing
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History was supposed to be made Friday with the first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station. On Monday, NASA announced it was scrapping that plan because it didn’t have enough space suits designed for smaller frames that typically characterise the female body. To be clear, the number of medium-size spacesuits needed was two. NASA
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Eugene Cernan aboard the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the first EVA of Apollo 17. Credit: NASA via Wikipedia U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence stunned the lunar science community last week with the announcement that by 2024, NASA would send astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole. If the Trump Administration and Congress follow through, a crewed mission
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What do you think was the greatest scientific feat of the twentieth century? There are certainly a lot of heavy contenders. Perhaps it was the discovery of antibiotics. Or maybe Einstein’s theory of relativity. Quantum mechanics is pretty awesome, providing the physical basis for around a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product. And hey, let’s not forget
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WASHINGTON — A day after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told members of Congress that this goal was “very aggressive” and would require additional funding for the agency to achieve. Bridenstine, testifying before the commerce, justice and science subcommittee
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With the help of Adam Savage, Jesse, Valerie, and Rachel try to run through a human-sized roach motel that features a giant glue trap! Stream Full Episodes of MythBusters Jr.: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters-jr/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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Illustration of an exoplanetary system, potentially with an exomoon orbiting it. While we have yet to find a true ‘Earth-twin’ system, with an Earth-sized planet with a Moon-sized moon in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star, it may be possible in the not-too-distant future. NASA/David Hardy, via astroart.org Even though the ingredients for life
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This article originally appeared in the March 25, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. U.S. Strategic Command was handed the responsibility last fall to solve one of the Defense Department’s most sensitive and complex technology problems: the modernization of the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications system, known as NC3. This job previously belonged to the
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The design for SpaceX’s Starship (aka. Big Falcon Rocket) is really starting to come together! Over the holidays, sections of the Starship Hopper (a miniature version of the Starship) were photographed being put together at the company’s South Texas Launch Site. By mid-January, the parts were fully-integrated, forming the body of the stainless-steel prototype that
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Researchers at SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, have used the Faint Object infrared Camera (FORCAST) to study a giant celestial cloud called W51 . Celestial clouds are birth places for stars and are formed after a huge cosmic explosion known as a supernova. Supernovae
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WASHINGTON — Scisys Group, a formerly British company involved in the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, says its change of headquarters from Chippenham, England, to Dublin, Ireland, was immediately positive for its space business. Scisys is a subcontractor to Thales Alenia Space France and Spain’s GMV on the ground segment of the Galileo navigation satellite
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Rice cookers use indirect heat to circulate steam around rice and water, from the outer pot to an inner pot. Stream Full Episodes of How It’s Made: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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New Horizons spots its next flyby target, Administrator Bridenstine visits our west coast facilities, and using data from space to fight a life-threatening disease … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2018_0831_New%20Horizons%20Detects%20Next%20Flyby%20Target%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20%E2%80%93%20August%2031,%202018.html
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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation designed to reform commercial launch and remote sensing regulations, this time without a provision that led to the bill’s defeat last year in the House. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced March 28 the introduction of the Space Frontier Act. The bill is scheduled to be
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Nestled between Saturn’s rings are a collection of mini-moons that NASA’s Cassini spacecraft skimmed past in 2017. On Thursday, for the first time, astronomers and scientists are detailing their findings about the moons in the US journal Science. Pan, Daphnis, Atlas, Pandora and Epimetheus each measure between eight and 116 kilometres (five to 72 miles)
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Forget mutant turtles. Kangaroo rats are the true ninjas of the animal kingdom. A series of four high-speed videos has recently captured these little fighters flipping and kicking in mid-air as they artfully dance around their arch nemesis, the hungry sidewinder rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes). It’s a battle between two extreme athletes, and the result is a lightning
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WASHINGTON — A NASA astrophysics mission that avoided cancellation last year could still face budget problems if it evades another termination threat this year, agency officials warned this week. NASA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request includes no funding for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the next large strategic, or flagship, astrophysics mission for
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