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  • New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    The New Horizons science team has published new findings from their mission to Pluto in a series of 5 articles in the journal Science. The data from the papers reveal that Pluto is much more geologically diverse and dynamic than anyone could have imagined. “These five detailed papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former ‘astronomer’s… Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Next Tuesday, Orbital ATK will launch their Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS). Cygnus will bring the astronauts on station food, water, and a 3-D printer, among other supplies. Normally, after supplies are unloaded from Cygnus, the crew would fill the cargo ship with trash and send it back to Earth to burn up in the atmosphere. This time, before Cygnus breaks… Read More

  • European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    The first phase of ExoMars, an uncrewed Mars mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Lifting off on a Russian Proton-M rocket, the Mars-bound spacecraft has begun its 7 month, 300 million mile long journey and is scheduled to arrive in October. Signal from #ExoMars @ESA_TGO confirmed! We have a mission to #Mars! Read More

  • NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA has successfully tested their first RS-25 rocket engine for the agency’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for 500 seconds. The SLS, which will use 4 RS-25 engines in its core stage, is designed to take humans to deep space destinations like asteroids or Mars. NASA stated that “the next time rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will… Read More

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    After his nearly year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS) and 20 years of service with NASA, Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from the agency, effective April 1st. “This year-in-space mission was a profound challenge for all involved, and it gave me a unique perspective and a lot of time to reflect on what my next step should be on our continued journey to help further… Read More

  • NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA announced that it will send its next lander to Mars, known as the InSight Mars lander, in May of 2018. The mission was originally on schedule to launch later this month, but a technical issue found late last year put the InSight launch on hold. The new launch date comes as great news to the InSight team because there was a possibility that the technical issue would not be resolved in time… Read More

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    When former International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly steps out of a Soyuz descent module on the Kazakhstan steppe at around 8.30PM PST later today, after 340 days on the International Space Station, he will have spent more continuous time in space than any other American astronaut. You probably best know the 52-year-old former United States Navy test pilot from his prolific… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    Okay, be honest. How many of you dreamed of becoming an astronaut when you were a kid? I certainly did — and in my heart of hearts, I still kind of regret that it didn’t happen. Well, that might not be as unrealistic as you might think, at least according to a new ad from LinkedIn. The company says this is actually its very first TV ad, and it will air during the Academy… Read More

  • Why NASA Received A Record Number Of Astronaut Applications And What They Can Expect Next

    Why NASA Received A Record Number Of Astronaut Applications And What They Can Expect Next

    Over 18,300 people have applied to join NASA’s latest astronaut class, breaking the previous record of 8,000 submissions set in 1978. This year’s turnout was also nearly 3 times higher than NASA’s last call for applications in 2012. Each of these hopefuls is competing to be in the newest class of 14 astronauts who will ultimately fly on one of NASA’s next spacecraft. Read More

  • “Space Music” Heard On The Far Side Of The Moon And The Science Behind It

    “Space Music” Heard On The Far Side Of The Moon And The Science Behind It

    Cernan: Boy, that sure is weird music. Young: We’re going to have to find out about that. Nobody will believe us. -Apollo 10 transcript This weekend, the Science Channel released the preview for their newest episode of NASA’s Unexplained Files that told the story of Apollo astronauts who heard weird sounds during their trip around the moon. The “space music” was… Read More

  • Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

    Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

    This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronomy Satellite, known as ASTRO-H, will be able to detect X-rays more than 10 times fainter than its telescope predecessor, Suzaku. ASTRO-H was launched on the Japanese launch vehicle H-IIA from… Read More

  • Europe Launches Sentinel-3A And The International Nature of Earth Observation

    Europe Launches Sentinel-3A And The International Nature of Earth Observation

    Yesterday at 12:57 pm EST, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the Sentinel-3A satellite into orbit. The Earth-observing satellite was launched by the Russian-made Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia and is the latest satellite to join Europe’s environmental monitoring program known as Copernicus. The Copernicus program consists of around 30 Earth-observing… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Twitter rolled out its new algorithmic timeline, Tesla confirmed the price of its next car, Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad exited the company and on the science front, gravitational waves were detected in space. TechCrunch held the 9th Annual Crunchies awards show, which you can watch in full here. Or, you can just read about the winners. These are the top tech stories of the week to… Read More

  • Watch OK Go Fly Weightless In Their New Music Video

    Watch OK Go Fly Weightless In Their New Music Video

    The band OK Go released their latest creative music video and this one was taken on a parabolic airplane tens of thousands of feet in the sky. The video, which features OK Go floating in weightlessness, was for their song “Upside Down & Inside Out.” OK Go, who is famous for producing highly creative and meticulously choreographed videos, partnered with Russian airliner… Read More

  • NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a new 360-degree video, giving you a virtual tour of the Martian surface. The video was created by stitching together images taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover on December 18th, 2015. The scene takes place at Namib Dune with a view of Mount Sharp on the horizon. Curiosity’s Mast Camera took the images on the 1,197th sol (a Martian… Read More

  • NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    Today the Orion capsule, NASA’s spacecraft designed to bring humans to Mars, starts its next phase of development at Kennedy Space Center. The remarkable part is that just this morning, that large spacecraft was at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In order to carry Orion from New Orleans to Cape Canaveral, NASA recruited their Super Guppy aircraft. The Super Guppy has… Read More

  • NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days. Due to helpful unforeseen surface conditions and few creative software changes, NASA has been able to keep Opportunity alive and operational to this day. After a… Read More

  • NASA Spacewalk Cut Short After Spacesuit Malfunction

    NASA Spacewalk Cut Short After Spacesuit Malfunction

    NASA terminated a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) today due to a spacesuit malfunction with one of the American astronauts. NASA’s Timothy Kopra and British astronaut Timothy Peake were scheduled to complete a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to switch out an electrical component in the ISS’s solar power system. Read More

  • NASA Adds Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser To ISS Supply Vehicles

    NASA Adds Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser To ISS Supply Vehicles

    Today, NASA announced the winners of the second round of commercial resupply services (CRS-2) contracts. The winners, Orbital ATK, SpaceX, and the newcomer Sierra Nevada Corporation, will be responsible for providing new cargo, disposing of unneeded cargo, and safely bringing back research samples from the International Space Station (ISS). Read More