NASA

  • NASA Formalizes Efforts To Protect Earth From Asteroids

    NASA Formalizes Efforts To Protect Earth From Asteroids

    Last week, NASA announced a new program called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) which will coordinate NASA’s efforts for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs). If a large object comes hurtling toward our planet, it will be this office’s job to identify it, determine a way to deflect it, and give the public a heads up. Most asteroids and comets in our… Read More

  • NASA Initiative Puts Space Age Technologies At Entrepreneurs’ Fingertips Crunch Network

    NASA Initiative Puts Space Age Technologies At Entrepreneurs’ Fingertips

    The space administration recently announced its startup initiative by opening up around 1200 patented technologies to US startups to commercialize at no upfront costs. Soon, the space-age technologies that appear ripped from the pages of science fiction, and initially intended for deep space exploration, could make their way into our living rooms, reshaping our daily lives. Read More

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

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

    This week, Microsoft announced new hardware, Twitter finally got a permanent CEO, and Facebook confirmed it is working on augmented reality. Here in the TechCrunch studio, we talked about India’s massive mobile market with Mohit Aron on Bullish, and our video team took a trip to the DogVacay HQ on TC Cribs. These are the biggest stories of the week. 1. Microsoft held a massive… Read More

  • NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s book about one man’s struggle to survive on Mars, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. Read More

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

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

    It was a big week in tech news, with Google’s massive hardware event, a major announcement from Tesla, and a huge discovery from NASA. These are the stories to catch you up on everything tech this week. 1. Google held an event in San Francisco to announce a few new products. In particular, the company unveiled two new flagship Nexus phones — the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We… Read More

  • NASA Finds What It Thinks Is Liquid Water On Mars

    NASA Finds What It Thinks Is Liquid Water On Mars

    In a Mars-related press conference this morning Nasa has announced that “under certain circumstances” liquid water has been found on Mars. “Mars is not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past,” it said in a press conference streamed online today. Read More

  • SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    Sending things to space isn’t cheap, which is exactly why Elon Musk got into the business with SpaceX. In a press release today about some newly signed contracts for use of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, the company updated just how much money it has booked. Seven Billion Dollars under contract for the 60 missions on manifest. To put all of this into perspective, Uber… Read More

  • NASA Created A Material That Can Heal Itself In Less Than A Second From Hurtling Space Debris

    NASA Created A Material That Can Heal Itself In Less Than A Second From Hurtling Space Debris

    Scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center are studying new materials that can self-heal in seconds under extreme temperatures and from flying space junk. The research is a combination of work from a student on fellowship at NASA from the University of Michigan and nearly a decade-and-a-half of study on self-healing materials for both aircrafts and spacecrafts. NASA scientists said… Read More

  • NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Parts Actually Work

    NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Parts Actually Work

    Today, NASA tested a 3D-printed turbopump, one that was put together with 45 percent fewer parts than pumps made any other way. This obviously saves time and money, but come on…NASA is slowly 3D printing an entire freaking rocket. That’s cool. Read More

  • NASA Got Up Close And Personal With Pluto, The Data Blows Their Minds

    NASA Got Up Close And Personal With Pluto, The Data Blows Their Minds

    It might not be a planet anymore, but Pluto is fascinating. NASA is just scratching the surface after its Pluto “fly-by” on July 14th. It says that it’s retrieved just 5% of the data on the spacecraft, but has already learned new things and snapped some shots unlike anything we’ve seen before. Here’s an amazing farewell shot taken of Pluto, highlighting a… Read More

  • NASA Snaps The Mother Of All Earth Selfies

    NASA Snaps The Mother Of All Earth Selfies

    NASA has been doing some really amazing stuff lately, including in-depth and vivid photography (in case you missed it, check out its recent Pluto fly-by). This particular photo, which I feel like is the mother of all Earth photos, was taken from its DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) Satellite from over a million miles away. The entire sunlit side of the Earth and it’s… Read More

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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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