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  • NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    What happens when NASA gets together with IBM’s Bluemix cloud services and sponsors a worldwide hackathon? They hope to challenge participants to build apps that help solve issues around space exploration and earthly problems too. The ambitious event, called The Space App Challenge, is taking place this weekend simultaneously in 162 countries involving 136 cities and 10,000… Read More

  • Climate Change-Denying Senator Ted Cruz Will Oversee NASA

    Climate Change-Denying Senator Ted Cruz Will Oversee NASA

    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will chair the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, providing him with an oversight role of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. That slight twinge you felt was the proper emotion. The Senator, by way of a single example, tried to reduce NASA funding to be, in his view, compliant with a Federal spending cut. Read More

  • How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

    How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

    As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its manned space program, planetary scientists are already working with reams of data to determine what the next generation of astronauts may encounter. For the past 25 years, NASA has been working to make the data it collects from all of its planetary missions open to the public and the research community. Read More

  • Watch NASA’s Orion Rocket Launch Live (Update: Scrubbed For Today)

    Watch NASA’s Orion Rocket Launch Live (Update: Scrubbed For Today)

    Update: The launch has been scrubbed for today due to a combination of technical issues and weather conditions. NASA will try again starting at 7:05 AM ET tomorrow morning, if it can fix a valve issue affecting launch. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is launching its Orion rocket today, in a test that helps pave the way for a manned mission to Mars that should take place some… Read More

  • Google Takes Over Operations Of Moffett Airfield From NASA, Will Invest $200M Into The Site

    Google Takes Over Operations Of Moffett Airfield From NASA, Will Invest $200M Into The Site

    After years of using Moffett Field as the home and launch pad for its fleet of private jets, Google has agreed to a deal in which it will lease the airfield from NASA for the next 60 years. As part of the lease, Google will take over operations of the airfield while the U.S. government retains ownership of the land. Read More

  • Marblar Wants You To Create Samsung’s Next NASA-Powered Product And Get Paid

    Marblar Wants You To Create Samsung’s Next NASA-Powered Product And Get Paid

    Marblar is a product development platform that lets users generate ideas for commercial uses of scientific discoveries that lay dormant in universities and research labs around the globe. Today the company is upping the stakes. The London-based startup has signed on Samsung as a commercial partner to offer users the chance to help create the company’s next product and earn a share… Read More

  • How NASA Will Use 3D Printers In Orbit

    In June 2014, astronauts whizzing by high above us in the International Space Station may be able to print a highly detailed plastic Yoda head or, barring that, important parts that they may need while in orbit. Read More

  • The 5 Best Answers From The Mars Curiosity Rover Team’s Reddit AMA

    The 5 Best Answers From The Mars Curiosity Rover Team’s Reddit AMA

    A group of engineers from the Mars Curiosity Rover mission answered questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session today. In addition to questions about the mission and Mars, the Curiosity Rover team responded to numerous comments about how to intern or work at NASA and what the process is like, but did not respond to several questions about SpaceX, Elon Musk’s privatized space… Read More

  • Ambitious Startups Could Signal The Coming Of A Second Space Age

    Ambitious Startups Could Signal The Coming Of A Second Space Age

    In late March, the American Geophysical Union announced that the Voyager I space probe became the first man-made object to leave our solar system. Just a few hours later though, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shot down that claim noting that the tell-tale sign of hitting interstellar space (a “change in the direction of the magnetic field”) hasn’t been detected… Read More

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