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Origami-inspired radiator from NASA could change shape to warm or cool tiny satellites

The devices we're sending into space are getting smaller and lighter, which means there's less room for bulky and static components. Flexibility and compactness are coming into vogue, and this prototy

2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature

NASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the thir

Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at 82

On December 7, 1972, NASA’s Apollo 17 mission took off under the command of Gene Cernan. Four days later, the crew touched down on the lunar surface. It was Cernan’s third and final trip to space

Moth eyes inspired the design of this hypersensitive camera

If you wanted to see in the dark, you could do worse than follow the example of moths, which have of course made something of a specialty of it. That, at least, is what NASA researchers did when desig

NASA tech could track firefighters where GPS can’t reach

In the chaotic environment of a fire or disaster area, knowing where your fellow firefighters and first responders are is of the utmost importance, but GPS and other positional tracking systems aren't

The International Space Station’s network bandwidth will be doubled by new upgrades

The internet connection on the International Space Station and other platforms in orbit is getting a serious upgrade that will double its capacity, NASA announced today. But they aren’t sending

GIFs in space! NASA makes an official channel on Giphy

In addition to exploring the solar system and performing critical and fascinating research on the Earth itself, NASA produces a lot of cool imagery. And as we all know, GIFs are the best way to enjoy

SpaceX wins NASA launch contract for first-ever global survey of Earth’s water

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide the launch services for an April 2021 mission with the aim of surveying all of Earth’s surface water for the first time. The launch of the “Surface Wate

How data science and rocket science will get humans to Mars

President Obama recently re-affirmed America’s commitment to sending a manned mission to Mars. Think your data science challenges are complicated? Imagine the difficulties involved in mining data to

Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances

President Obama awarded the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a batch of 21 deserving recipients, among them computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton

Orbital ATK returns to flight with successful Antares launch to the space station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket – the same rocket that exploded on its way to the International Space Station two years ago – returned to flight today with a much-anticipated launch. Lifting of

Obama wants to go to Mars, but will the next administration?

President Obama released an op-ed on CNN today, praising the accomplishments of NASA to date and encouraging the nation to keep its sights set on Mars. While it was an inspiring endorsement for NASA a

The Voyager Golden Record comes down to Earth

The Voyager Golden Record wasn’t made for you. It was made for aliens. But if buying stuff that wasn’t originally intended for you isn’t what Kickstarter is for, I honestly don’t know what

NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring org

NASA has successfully launched OSIRIS-REx, their first asteroid sample return mission

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral with the help of 1.2 million pounds of thrust provided by an Atlas V rocket. The spacecraft will journey to a near-Earth as

The billionaire’s plaything

In the movie Moonraker James Bond has to fight a madman with his own fleet of Space Shuttles. The movie was made in 1979, a golden age for government-subsidized spaceflight. Back then the thought that

NASA completes another splashdown test on Mars-bound Orion spacecraft

NASA today tossed into a pool a mock-up of their Orion spacecraft with two crash-test dummies sitting inside to simulate a return-to-Earth splashdown scenario. The test lasted all of about 10 seconds

After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from

Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new dock for the International Space Station

NASA astronauts are venturing out into space to install a component key to the future of commercial crew mission. The International Space Station is getting a new dock, which will be used in 2017 by B

NASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020s

NASA is giving us some more insight into its plans to get humans to Mars, under the blanket mission called ‘Journey to Mars,’ and during the press conference, NASA Deputy Associate Admini
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