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As the New Horizons spacecraft preps for its inspection of Pluto on July 14th, NASA provided a status update with some interesting info. First, new color images show a series of spots along the dwarf planet's equator. The evenly-spaced spots are about 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter, or abo...

July 2nd 2015 at 2:32pm 0 Comments
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No, you're not looking at a very sophisticated boomerang -- that may be the first aircraft to fly the Martian skies. NASA has revealed that it's building a prototype for Prandtl-m (Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars), a glider drone that would launch from a descending rover an...

June 30th 2015 at 1:45pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Space X's latest ISS-resupply mission goes up in smoke after its Falcon 9 rocket explodes immediately after launching; Google debuts a smart refrigerator that dispenses free beer (so long as you can say "I'm a Canadian" in at least six languages) and a robotic fin...

June 30th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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A small minority of enormous stars explode in a fiery supernova after they run out of fuel and collapse. Regular stars die less spectacularly, but the remnants can still be gorgeous. Case in point is NGC 6153, a nebula about 4,000 light-years from Earth. The ethereal blueish, ellipse-shaped cloud...

June 29th 2015 at 6:01am 0 Comments
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Today is not a good day for private spaceflight. SpaceX and NASA have confirmed that a Falcon 9 rocket broke up shortly after launching on a resupply mission for the International Space Station. It's not clear what caused the failure at this stage, but the vehicle started smoking right before it f...

June 28th 2015 at 10:51am 0 Comments
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There's a lot at stake with Falcon 9's June 28th launch. SpaceX plans to use the opportunity to test if its rocket can successfully land on a barge, and the ISS crew needs all the supplies Dragon is carrying, including a camera designed to watch meteor showers from inside the station. The device a...

June 27th 2015 at 6:09pm 0 Comments
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NASA has begun attaching scientific instruments to the OSIRIS-REx probe, just over a year before it starts making its way to asteroid Bennu. The first instrument to arrive at Lockheed Martin's HQ is Arizona State University's microwave-sized device called OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer o...

June 27th 2015 at 4:40pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Our Jetson's dreams (kinda) came true with the invention of this flying single-seater; Astronauts at the International Space Station are about to receive Microsoft's HoloLens for AR projects and general bragging-rights (take that kids, Poppa got one way before you...

June 27th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Everyone at SpaceX must be crossing their fingers right now, as the company prepares for another barge landing attempt on Sunday, June 28th. While CEO Elon Musk said the original droneship was fine after an earlier effort ended up in flames, this Sunday's trial will use a new one named "Of Course...

June 26th 2015 at 8:37am 0 Comments
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NASA has started testing its new Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) prototype, and as you can see above, it looks markedly different from its predecessor. It's taller, thicker, has rotating segments to be able to take pictures from different directions and can withstand depths up to 7...

June 26th 2015 at 5:32am 0 Comments
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When its mixed reality headset was first announced, Microsoft touted its ability to lend a hand in a variety of enterprise scenarios. The company teamed up with NASA for Sidekick: a project that is putting HoloLens on the International Space Station to give virtual aid to astronauts. The project u...

June 25th 2015 at 5:46pm 0 Comments
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What's the best way to simulate the conditions of outer space here on Earth? Go to the bottom of the ocean, of course. NASA has actually been sending astronauts to an underwater habitat for years under the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program, and the 20th expedition is slat...

June 25th 2015 at 3:46am 0 Comments