NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Petrified Sand Dunes on Mars (Photo)

An August 2015 panorama from the Mars Curiosity rover, released in September, shows petrified sand dunes on Mount Sharp.Credit: Mars, curiosity, mount sharp, mars photos, mars surface, stimson, aeolis mons A sweeping new panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows petrified sand dunes stretching across the jagged terrain of Mount Sharp on Mars. Curiosity’s science team […]

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Future Mars Explorers Could Live in Habitats That Build Themselves

A self-deployable habitat can save crews valuable time in setting up quarters on faraway locales like Mars.Credit: SHEE Project PASADENA, Calif. — Astronaut pioneers on the moon and Mars might live and work in cozy homes that build themselves. That’s the vision of the Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE) project, which is developing domiciles […]

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[ISS / Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO)] JAXA Astronaut Activity Report, June 2015

JAXA Astronaut Activity Report, June, 2015 Last Updated: September 17, 2015 This is JAXA’s Japanese astronaut activity report for June, 2015. Astronaut Kimiya Yui continues training for his upcoming long-duration ISS mission Astronaut Kimiya Yui, who was assigned as a crew member for the Expedition 44/45 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), underwent training […]

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SOHO 3000

The international SOHO solar observatory has discovered its 3000th comet To source

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Drones Save Lives in Disasters, When They're Allowed to Fly (Op-Ed)

An unmanned aerial vehicle searches wreckage for survivors in Pearlington, Miss., following Hurricane Katrina. The vehicle was operated by the Safety Security Rescue Research Center, one of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.Credit: Safety Security Rescue Research Center Robin Murphy directs the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University. […]

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[ISS / Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO)] The Exposed Pallet (EP) of the HTV5 was reinstalled into KOUNOTORI's Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC).

The Exposed Pallet (EP) of the HTV5 was reinstalled into KOUNOTORI’s Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC). Last Updated: September 16, 2015 After removed from the Kibo’s Exposed Facility(EF) by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS), the Exposed Pallet (EP) was handed over to the station’s robotic arm (Space Station Remote Manipulator System: SSRMS). Then, the EP […]

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SpaceX Signs Deals to Launch 2 More Communications Satellites

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches on April 27, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying Thales Alenia Space’s TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat satellite to orbit.Credit: SpaceX SpaceX has signed two new contracts to launch communications satellites a few years from now, the company announced Monday (Sept. 14).  SpaceX will loft one satellite for the Spanish […]

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How Blue Origin's Suborbital Rocket Ride Works (Infographic)

by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist   |   September 15, 2015 03:26pm ET New Shepard, named after Mercury astronaut and Apollo moonwalker Alan Shepard, is Jeff Bezos’ scheme for high-altitude, near-space tourism. A propulsion module (rocket) lobs the crew to an altitude of 307,000 feet (93,573 meters) –  well above the height required to earn NASA astronaut […]

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