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A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American pilot, architect, doctor/journalist and soil scientist went on a voluntary isolation to simula...

August 29th 2015 at 9:32pm 0 Comments
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You really shouldn't take selfies from a low angle -- it could lead to unflattering images that emphasize double chins, chubby cheeks and big nostrils. That is, unless you're the Curiosity rover, because it still looks good despite showing its belly in the photo above. This is definitely not the r...

August 22nd 2015 at 4:31pm 0 Comments
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Most of us -- even those who think they have a chance to live there -- might never get the chance to set foot on Mars. But, hey, we can at least send our names to the red planet, courtesy of NASA. The space agency is sending a silicon microchip with the InSight lander when it takes off in 2016, an...

August 19th 2015 at 10:38am 0 Comments
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India's space agency revealed new photos of a prominent canyon on Mars and showed that it's getting a lot out of a cheap, experimental mission. Images from the nation's Mars Orbital Mission, aka "Mangalyaan," show part of the 62 mile wide and 317 mile long Ophir Chasma canyon. On top of the photo...

August 17th 2015 at 9:53am 0 Comments
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NASA has successfully tested the RS-25 engine, which will power the Space Launch System (SLS), for the sixth time at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The space agency fired it up for 535 seconds and collected data to determine what needs to be tweaked and improved to make sure it can carry...

August 13th 2015 at 9:28pm 0 Comments
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Just because you're aboard the International Space Station doesn't mean you can avoid eating your vegetables. NASA has revealed that its ISS crew will munch on space-grown veggies (specifically, the red romaine lettuce you see above) for the first time on August 10th, rather than sending the food...

August 9th 2015 at 3:23pm 0 Comments
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Here's something for those tired of looking at rock-and-dust photos of Mars: an entrancing video clip of the planet spinning taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. ESA's Mars Express mission is comprised of a lander called Beagle 2 and an orbiter, which was responsible for the video em...

August 9th 2015 at 8:08am 0 Comments
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One of the greatest challenges for any manned Mars mission isn't surviving the planet itself, but remaining mentally sound on the way there -- you don't want to freak out during a months-long space voyage. And it looks like the producers behind the movie adaptation of The Martian are well aware of...

August 5th 2015 at 6:07am 0 Comments
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While Curiosity's doing a great job on the red planet, there are still areas it can't go to, such as steep cliffs/hills and locations hidden by permanent shadows. That's why the engineers at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works laboratory are developing drones that can withstand harsh condition...

July 31st 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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NASA's InSight Lander won't be reaching the red planet until 2016, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is already preparing for its welcome party. In order to make sure that it's at the right place to be able to receive radio transmissions from InSight during the landing process, the MRO is firing...

July 29th 2015 at 8:28am 0 Comments
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Yes, Google Earth and Street View are great for impromptu armchair traveling. But if you prefer taking a virtual jaunt somewhere literally out of this world, you might want to visit NASA's Mars Trek website instead. It's exactly what its name makes it sound like: an interactive map of the red plan...

July 10th 2015 at 1:20am 0 Comments