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With GPS it's harder than ever to get lost here on Earth, but deep space is a different story. Mind-boggling distances, three-dimensional travel and a lack of obvious landmarks all complicate spacecraft navigation. Pulsars have been proposed as a solution in the past, and now a NASA team has demonstrated the viability of the idea, with an experiment showing that a spacecraft can constantly an
The hole in the ozone layer was one of the most headline-hogging environmental issues of the 1980s and 90s, but an international ban on damaging chemicals have helped it recover in the 30 years since. It's long been known that the hole is shrinking, but a new study has measured the improving health of the ozone layer by analyzing the chemicals around the hole over the last decade or so...Cont
Space may be big, really big, but Earth orbit is getting a bit crowded as space debris accumulates and threatens operational spacecraft. Riding aboard the last Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station was part of the answer to this problem. NASA's Space Debris Sensor (SDS) will be installed on the outside of the station, where it will spend the next two to three years monitorin
Astronaut photographers on the International Space Station have dazzled us for years with eye-popping photos and videos shot from orbit. To learn more behind-the-scenes details of photography on the space station, photographer Jared Polin interviewed NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik. In the 21-minute interview above, Bresnik discusses everything from his favorite camera equipment onboard the ISS to t
NASA ramps up its next phase of space exploration as it green lights two unmanned mission concepts for further development. Scheduled to launch sometime in the mid-2020s, the proposed New Frontier Competition missions chosen from 12 candidates submitted in April include the Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR) spacecraft to bring back comet materials to Earth and the Dragonfl
Data from the Kepler Space Telescope has revealed the Kepler-90 system ties with our own for the most number of planets known to orbit a single star. The discovery of an eighth exoplanet, Kepler-90i, revolving around its Sun-like star located 2,545 light years away in the constellation of Draco, was achieved using artificial intelligence software programmed to detect the distinct light signat
US astronauts are headed back to the Moon after President Donald J. Trump ordered NASA to focus on manned space missions. Today at a White House ceremony, the President signed White House Space Policy Directive 1, which directs NASA to work with commercial and international partners to send American astronauts to our satellite as the first step to going to Mars and beyond...Continue Reading P
packed, the module has a volume of 50 ft. when expanded, 565 ft.The post NASA bigelow BEAM expandable activity module will stay on the international space station appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Since it fired a refurbished Falcon 9 booster into orbit for the first time back in March, SpaceX has slowly been proving its ability to safely fly its retrieved rockets. Now it appears NASA is finally convinced, with the space agency confirming plans to launch an upcoming supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on the back of a Falcon 9 rocket that has visited it once before.
The Curiosity Mars rover has been a remarkable success except in one area. It's wheels are rubbish and are falling apart faster than expected. To prevent this from happening to future rover missions, NASA's Glenn Research Laboratory is developing a new wire mesh tire made out of special memory alloy that is much tougher than anything previous and may pave the way for larger, more robust rover


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