NASA Asteroid-Sampling Mission Being Readied for 2016 Launch
OSIRIS-REX Probe
August 4th, 2015
NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft, or OSIRIS-REx, is progressing through assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) at a Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company facility in Denver.
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Space Station Crosses the Moon in Awesome NASA Photos
International Space Station Transits Moon
August 3rd, 2015
Just two days after the second full moon of July created a so-called blue moon, a NASA photographer captured some stunning views of the International Space Station zipping across the lunar landscape.
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Vader Crater, Kirk & Spock! 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek' Collide on Pluto Moon
Informal Names for Features on Pluto’s Moon Charon
August 3rd, 2015
The team behind NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever Pluto flyby last month, has named some Charon craters after characters from the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises, including Darth Vader and Capt. James T. Kirk.
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They're Full of Stars! Students Find Densest Galaxies in the Universe
View from an Ultracompact Galaxy
August 4th, 2015
Undergraduate students at San Jose State University have identified the two densest galaxies ever found — and a new video simulation depicts how such tiny, dense groups of stars might form and encompass an oversize black hole.
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NASA Picks Finalists For Small Astrophysics Missions
Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
August 3rd, 2015
NASA has selected three finalists for its next Small Explorer astrophysics mission and two finalists for the even smaller Explorer Missions of Opportunity Line, the U.S. space agency said July 30,
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'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy
Cryogenian Period Ice Age
August 3rd, 2015
Climate modelers go back in time to simulate past Snowball Earth conditions and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
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Startup Makes Progress in Beamed Propulsion for Reusable Launch Vehicles
Single-State-to-Orbit Spacecraft
August 3rd, 2015
Broomfield, Colorado-based Escape Dynamics announced July 17 it carried out a small-scale test in the laboratory of its beamed microwave thruster. In that test, the company beamed microwave energy to a thruster, heating helium propellant and generating a
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