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  • Mars Rover Curiosity Gets Shown Off

    Mars Rover Curiosity Gets Shown Off

    The kids over at BoingBoing (lucky stiffs) got invited to NASA’s labs to check out the next Mars rover, Curiosity. They’ve got a ton of great pics over there, so check it out. Meanwhile, still no word from Spirit. Damn your sandy environment, Mars! Read More

  • Working With Nasa, Russia To Propose Nuclear Spacecraft

    Working With Nasa, Russia To Propose Nuclear Spacecraft

    Get ready for a nuclear-powered spacecraft—maybe! The Russian Federal Space Agency says that it will hold talks with Nasa and a number of countries on April 15 to see if they can't get started on creating a “nuclear engine” by 2012. Such an engine, it's believed, would only cost around $600m to develop. Read More

  • Space Jam Causes NASA To Push Final Endeavour Launch By 10 Days

    Space Jam Causes NASA To Push Final Endeavour Launch By 10 Days

    The final Endeavour launch -- which could be the final space shuttle launch -- was slated for April 19th but had to be moved 10 days primarily because of a scheduling conflict. The Russian resupply space vehicle is also scheduled to be docked at the International Space Station during that time and the station is not outfitted to support two docked vehicles. Apparently Russia doesn't know how to… Read More

  • Nasa To Show Their Next Launch In HD

    Nasa To Show Their Next Launch In HD

    Nasa is planning to stream their next launch in HD. This will be the first time Nasa will show a launch in HD on their online HDTV channel. The ISS crew will fly out to the ISS in the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Make sure you're around for the launch on April 4th at 5:18 pm EST. Details after the break. Read More

  • End Of The Road For Spirit Mars Rover?

    End Of The Road For Spirit Mars Rover?

    Although the Mars rovers have gone way, way beyond the call of duty (the original mission was for 90 days; Opportunity is still active after more than six years), the dream has to end sometime — and evidence is mounting that for Spirit, the first of the two rovers to touch down, may be down for the count. After a year of being trapped in sand, its last big hope was a big solar boost over… Read More

  • Nasa Pulls Plug On Director James Cameron's 3D Project

    Nasa Pulls Plug On Director James Cameron's 3D Project

    If James Cameron were to take all the revenues from both Titanic and Avatar, then he may be able to send his own mars rover to space. That's the closest he'll ever get to having his 3D tech blasted into orbit now that Nasa pulled the plug on his plans. Read More

  • Report: Despite Earlier Warning, Nasa Still Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

    Report: Despite Earlier Warning, Nasa Still Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

    One day after McAfee warned about the dangers of corporations becoming vulnerable to hackers, we now learn that Nasa has similar concerns. Its inspector general, Paul Martin, has written a report entitled “Security Practices Expose Key Nasa Network To Cyber Attack,” and you can guess what that means. Actually, don't bother guessing. The report warns that six of Nasa's servers that just so… Read More

  • NASA's Plan To Protect GPS Satellites? Hand Them Over To Homeland Security.

    NASA's Plan To Protect GPS Satellites? Hand Them Over To Homeland Security.

    Why this is making a splash today, I can't really answer, but here we go. Nasa published a white paperin November that discusses how best to protect our GPS satellites from any sort of impropriety. The primary suggestion is to have the president declare our GPS satellites critical infrastructure. Once they've been classified as such the Department of Homeland Security will be put in charge of… Read More

  • Nasa Extends Deal With Russian Space Program, Will Continue To Sit In Buck Seat Until 2016

    Nasa Extends Deal With Russian Space Program, Will Continue To Sit In Buck Seat Until 2016

    The good news: Nasa will still be able to travel to the International Space Station, bringing to it vital supplies and very possibly chocolate cookies. The bad news—I guess you can call this bad news—is that Nasa will only be able to do so hitching a ride on board Russian spacecraft. Budgets are a tricky business. Read More

  • Scientific Community Torn Over Extraterrestrial Bacteria Claims

    Scientific Community Torn Over Extraterrestrial Bacteria Claims

    Few things are quite as exciting as a good old fashioned feud between distinguished scientists. You'll recall that a scientist, Nasa's Richard Hoover, published an article last week in The Journal of Cosmology that claimed to have discovered a form of extraterrestrial bacteria on a meteorite. Life, in other words. But hold on! In the days that have since passed a number of scientists have come out… Read More