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NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids

NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, NASA has announced that WISE will get a second lease on life later this year. WISE will be reactivated in …

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Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study

For over six months now, scientists have holding their breath, waiting for confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system. In December 2012 NASA announced that the probe had entered a new region of space they dubbed the “magnetic highway.” The region is one where charged particles can pass into and out of interstellar space, but scientists …

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Kepler Space Telescope Broken, NASA Gives Up on Restoration

Sometimes the best physicists, engineers, and mathematicians in the world can’t save a failing satellite. NASA announced today that it has given up attempts to restore the malfunctioning Kepler Space Telescope. One of the Kepler’s four reaction wheels failed back in July 2012, and a second went out this past May. Since that time NASA researchers have been attempting to …

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NASA Reveals Its Zero Gravity 3D Printer

It’s no secret that NASA wants to take 3D printers into space. The technology would be immensely useful to the men and women on the International Space Station as they would be able to quickly repair components with plastic replacements. There is a problem though – how do you 3D print something in a zero gravity environment? In a video …

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NASA’s Juno Hits Halfway Point on Journey to Jupiter

Just over two years ago, NASA launched the Juno spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter. The probe’s journey to our solar system’s largest planet will take almost five years, and NASA today announced that the spacecraft has officially hit the halfway point of its journey. Juno, as of early this morning, has traveled nearly 9.5 astronomical units – the average …

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Smallest Planet Yet Spotted Around Sun-Like Star

Astronomers this week announced they have directly imaged the smallest planet yet found around a sun-like star. The planet, GJ 504b, is about four times the mass of Jupiter. It orbits its star at around 43 times the distance from Earth to the sun and has a dark pink color. The star GJ 504 is a main sequence (G0 stellar …

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NASA Made A Working 3D Printed Rocket Injector

NASA has a vested interest in 3D printing. It’s already investigating food-based 3D printers, and the idea of building satellites in space with the technology. Now it’s working on 3D printed rocket parts. Over the summer, NASA has been testing a 3D printed rocket injector that could withstand the extreme heat of burning rocket fuel. In a test at the …

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Curiosity Rover Sings Itself the Loneliest Happy Birthday in History

This week, NASA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on the planet. And they did it with a song, played in an alien land, heard by no one. Or was it? To celebrate one year on Mars, the rover used its onboard soil analysis instrument (SAM) to sing Happy Birthday to itself. “To make the …

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NASA Celebrates Curiosity’s One Year Anniversary

NASA today celebrated the one year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars. The rover’s landing was a technical feat for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who celebrated with plenty of cheering and tears. The event also briefly ignited Americans’ passion for exploration and pride in their space program. One …

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NASA Mars Mission Being Prepped For Launch

As NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity celebrates its first year (Earth year) on Mars, the agency is now looking toward the future of Mars exploration. NASA today announced that its Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has now arrived at Kennedy Space Center. It has been placed in a cleanroom and is being prepared for its launch sometime during a …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Rolls Toward Its First Anniversary

On August 6, 2012, Mars rover Curiosity landed on the red planet, in a site called Gale Crater. The event was cause for immediate celebration for those who had worked for years to send the rover to Mars, but researchers soon settled in for the long process of testing the rover and using it to explore the planet. Curiosity is …

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Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Year in First-Person

Next week will mark the one-year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s Mars landing. The rover has performed admirably, and all of its instruments have been successfully tested on the surface of the red planet. It has also, in one short year, managed to fulfill its primary mission goal by determining that Mars once had an environment compatible with …

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