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Software or the Borg: A Starship's Greatest Threat?

Your starship makes an unexpected encounter — is your software resilient enough to cope?Credit: Michel Lamontagne/Icarus Interstellar/NASA Guest article by Icarus Interstellar ‘s Donna A. Dulo , senior mathematician, computer scientist, and software/systems engineer for the US Department of Defense. Read more Icarus Interstellar articles on Discovery News . As your spacecraft cruises expeditiously at warp speed on […]

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Four Space Shuttle Veterans Join Astronaut Hall of Fame as Heroes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hundreds of people came out to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Saturday (May 30) to watch four space shuttle veterans be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame — and help celebrate the 34th wedding anniversary of the first astronaut couple. “Well, this has never happened before,” remarked Robert […]

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Boeing Space Capsule Gets NASA's 1st Commercial Crew Flight Order

A Boeing CST-100 crew capsule approaches the International Space Station carrying a new crew for NASA in this artist’s illustration. NASA has awarded Being its first order for a commercial crew flight in 2017.Credit: Boeing NASA has awarded Boeing with the first order for a commercial crew change flight to the International Space Station once […]

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As the World Turns: Night Sky Photographer Snaps Earth's Precession

As the World Turns: Night Sky Photographer Snaps Earth's Precession

The Earth’s precession is captured in stunning detail in this image by a veteran astrophotographer. In an email to Space.com, night sky photographer Miguel Claro said he developed a new photo technique  showing a Vega “polar” star trail. The image was taken from inside the Mourão Castle, in the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the First […]

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How Earth's Magnetic Field Shielded Us from 2014 Solar Storm

On Jan. 7, 2014, the sun unleashed a major solar flare and coronal mass ejection (the bright spot at center right), but the Earth’s magnetic field channeled the worst of the solar storm away from the planet, scientists say.Credit: Möstl et al., Nature Communications A giant eruption from the sun that scientists thought would hit […]

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NORAD: Tracking Spacecraft, Missiles & Santa

Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base take calls from children wanting to know where Santa is.Credit: U.S. Navy North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a military organization that is shared between the United States and Canada. The group is tasked with looking for threats or activity in aerospace, which can include anything from looking […]

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It's Crater-palooza on Dwarf Planet Ceres (New Photo)

A new view of Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn probe on May 23, 2015, shows fine details of the dwarf planet’s surface coming into focus.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA A new photo from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the battered surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail. Dawn captured the image on May 23, when the probe […]

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Wired for Sun

Technology image of the week: cabling for the testing of ESA’s Mercury mission, photographed by artist Edgar Martins To source

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