Beam Me Up, Scotty: Technobabble's Role in the Arts (Op-Ed)
Star Trek's Warp Drive: Are We There Yet?
July 1st, 2015
In a pinch, would you rather drive that ship with dilithium crystals or good old-fashioned ion propulsion?
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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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Tiny Glider Could Cruise Through Martian Skies
Mars Glider: Artist's Concept
July 1st, 2015
NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.
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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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Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine
UCSD students at Mojave Test Facility
July 1st, 2015
A group of university engineering students have created — and successfully test-fired — a 3D-printed rocket engine. The students aim to eventually launch tiny satellites to space.
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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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