Microbes Could Prep Mars for Humans
Martian Ice
June 30th, 2015
The first living being sent to Mars by humans may not be some lucky astronaut, or even a monkey, but a microorganism like cyanobacteria, sent there to create oxygen for human explorers.
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Orbiting 'Rest Stops' to Repair Crumbling Satellites?
Satellite Fueling Station in Action
June 18th, 2015
NASA hopes to match commercial efforts in the future satellite-repair industry.
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'Floating Cloud' Could Replace Mirrors on Future Space Telescopes
Orbiting Rainbows Laser Light Reflectionsa
June 16th, 2015
Using clouds of glitter to reflect light could be a way of reducing the mass of telescopes that rockets need to heft into orbit, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests.
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Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation
OneWeb's Satellite-Internet Network
June 26th, 2015
Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that could quiet its doubters, has announced that it raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises and Coca-Cola.
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UrtheCast Releases High-Definition Video From Space Station Camera
UrtheCast Camera on International Space Station
June 18th, 2015
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
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New Spaceship Antenna Prevents Radio Silence During Fiery Re-Entry
 Superhot Plasma Around a Spacecraft
June 16th, 2015
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
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Tunneling Cryobot Robot May Explore Icy Moons
Cryobot on Europa
June 13th, 2015
A robot designed to tunnel through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas could one day explore the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa — an environment potentially habitable to life.
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Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars
One of NASA's Z-2 Spacesuit Design
June 25th, 2015
The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars. But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done.
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Elon Musk Wants Your Hyperloop Designs
Hyperloop Capsule in Tube Cutaway
June 16th, 2015
Elon Musk's company has announced a new competition to build pods for the futuristic Hyperloop transit system.
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