NASA's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast
Curiosity's Sky-Crane Maneuver
August 27th, 2015
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
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Ghostly Particles from Outer Space Detected in Antarctica
The IceCube Lab at the South Pole, lit up by star trails in this photo taken in July 2015.
August 20th, 2015
A frozen observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way. Finding these cosmic neutrinos also sheds light on the origins of cosmic rays, the researchers said.
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New NASA Satellites Could Help Improve Hurricane Warnings
Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System
August 27th, 2015
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are building eight suitcase-sized satellites that they say will drastically improve hurricane forecast and warning systems.
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'The Martian' Shows 9 Ways NASA Tech Is Headed to Mars
Matt Damon in 'The Martian'
August 25th, 2015
How much of the technology in "The Martian" actually exists, or is in the works, today? Read on to find out what NASA's developing for real-life manned Mars exploration.
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Missile Defense Agency Progressing on Redesigned Kill Vehicle
Vice Adm. James D. Syring
August 20th, 2015
The Missile Defense Agency hopes to draft a preliminary design for a new kill vehicle by the end of the year.
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Everyone's an Astronaut: Virtual Reality Shoots for the Moon (and Beyond)
Easter Sunday Sunrise from Space: Expedition 35
August 18th, 2015
Every space-exploration mission could soon by manned. That's the vision of SpaceVR, a startup that aims to launch virtual-reality cameras to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and anywhere else that spacecraft may travel in the future.
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NASA Crashes Plane to Test Emergency Beacons (Video)
NASA Crashes Plane to Test Emergency Beacons
August 26th, 2015
Scientists and engineers at the space agency's Langley Research Center in Virginia dropped a Cessna 172 from a height of 100 feet, in a crash test that was captured on video. The plane hit belly first, then flopped over onto its back in the dirt.
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Plasma Rocket Technology Receives NASA Funding Boost
Ad Astra Concept Art
August 24th, 2015
A potential advancement in the United States’ electric propulsion capability for the future of spaceflight is being underscored by a new NASA contract to support work on the VASIMR project - short for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket.
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Smoke from Wildfires in California, Washington Seen from Space (Photos)
Fires in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California
August 19th, 2015
Wildfire smoke can be seen blanketing northern California and Washington state in new images taken by NASA satellites.
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