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Blow-up Space Stations? NASA’s bouncy castle in orbit.

April 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blow-up Space Stations? NASA’s bouncy castle in orbit.

The first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats is set to be installed to the International Space Station Saturday, April 16th 2016. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be attached to the station’s Tranquility module over a period of about four hours. Controllers in mission control at […]

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Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

December 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

Moore’s Law just got torn up and jumped on by the future of quantum computing, as Google in partnership with NASA and the quantum computing firm D-Wave, announced that they’ve been clocking up like-for-like speeds on their quantum box 100 million-times faster than their best traditional supercomputer. Or to put it in slightly more technical terms, Hartmut Neven, […]

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Secret Stargate-like program found by NASA hacker.

December 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Secret Stargate-like program found by NASA hacker.

If you are in the UK, you may remember the saga of hacker Gary McKinnon – who hacked NASA big-time in 2002 and downloaded much of their data. He was the focus of a lot of political wrangling, as the USA wanted him extradited from Britain to the States to have the book thrown at him […]

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NASA’s Eagleworks still finding strange thrust in EM drive.

November 3, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
NASA’s Eagleworks still finding strange thrust in EM drive.

The odd saga of Roger Shawyer’s strange EM Drive space thruster continues, with more evidence from NASA that there might be something to this device. Basically, the EM drive uses a propellant-less microwave reflecting system to produce thrust. Something which should be – as far as Newtonian physics is concerned, blooming impossible. While the reactionless […]

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Mars colony soon(ish)? NASA thinks so.

October 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars colony soon(ish)? NASA thinks so.

NASA wants a journey to Mars, and the agency has now released an outline of that plan in its report, “NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.” “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Today, we are publishing additional details […]

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NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m Tuesday 14th 2015, to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. “I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” […]

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Europa’s sea-life? Just became likely with NASA’s salt ocean findings.

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Europa’s sea-life? Just became likely with NASA’s salt ocean findings.

NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter’s moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation. The presence of sea salt on Europa’s surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seafloor — an important consideration in determining whether the icy moon […]

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Chances for life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus rise dramatically.

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Chances for life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus rise dramatically.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first clear evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth. The implications of such activity on a world other than our planet open up unprecedented scientific possibilities. “These findings add to the possibility that […]

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Ceres, Ho!

March 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ceres, Ho!

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received […]

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Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

March 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science […]

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