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Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock

Nearly all of the instruments packed into Mars rover Curiosity‘s frame have been utilized, but once crucial test has yet to be performed. NASA scientists will soon use Curiosity’s percussive drill to powder the interior of a rock for analysis, …

Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA
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Predictions about the end of the world on Friday, December 21 are reaching a fever pitch. From rogue planets to shifting poles, the crazy ideas put forth for how humanity will soon perish resemble countless past doomsday prophecies that haven’t …

New Crew Lifts Off to the International Space Station [VIDEO] New Crew Lifts Off to the International Space Station [VIDEO]
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The next crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has left the Earth. The Expedition 34 crew today lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 am EST. The crew consists of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian Federal Space …

NASA Looks Back on a Historic Year in Space [VIDEO] NASA Looks Back on a Historic Year in Space [VIDEO]

This year, as usual, was a historic year for NASA, spaceflight, astronomy, and space exploration. Though NASA’s share of the U.S. federal budget has been falling for years now, the agency has an uncanny knack for stretching its budget and …

NASA Probes Smash Into Moon Mountain as Planned NASA Probes Smash Into Moon Mountain as Planned
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NASA’s GRAIL project spacecrafts, Ebb and Flow, crash-landed on the surface of the moon yesterday afternoon. The impact had been pre-planned, and occurred as predicted at 5:28 pm December 17, 2012. The landing site has been named in honor of …

NASA Probes Prepare to Slam Into the Moon NASA Probes Prepare to Slam Into the Moon
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NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes today completed a burn that irreversibly altered their orbit and have begun skimming the surface of the moon. Over the weekend, the probes, named Ebb and Flow, will orbit ever closer to …

NASA Video Shows Three-Mile-Long Asteroid Swing By Earth NASA Video Shows Three-Mile-Long Asteroid Swing By Earth
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On Wednesday, December 12, the three-mile-long asteroid named “Toutatis” made its closest approach to earth. NASA scientists working at the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California were able to capture radar images of the object as it swung by. …

NASA Tests Liquid Hydrogen/Oxygen Engine For Upcoming Heavy Rocket NASA Tests Liquid Hydrogen/Oxygen Engine For Upcoming Heavy Rocket

NASA on Thursday tested the powerpack assembly for the J-2X engine, an important component of NASA’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X powerpack assembly was test-fired at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The engine will power the upper stage of …

NASA to Crash GRAIL Probes Into the Moon NASA to Crash GRAIL Probes Into the Moon
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NASA this week detailed its plans to crash two lunar-orbiting probes into the moon next week. On Monday, December 17 at 5:28 p.m., the probes, named Ebb and Flow, are part the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) project. They …

Radio-Emitting Jet Detected From Andromeda Black Hole Radio-Emitting Jet Detected From Andromeda Black Hole

Astronomers revealed this week that they have detected an intense radio emission from a black hole’s radio-emitting jet. The emission was moving at more than 85% the speed of light, though it was also “quite variable.” The observations, published this …

NASA’s Hubble Takes Census of Early Galaxies NASA’s Hubble Takes Census of Early Galaxies

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered seven previously unseen galaxies that formed over 13 billion years ago – a time when galaxies were just beginning to form. The new discovery has provided researchers with a “statistically robust” sample …

Cassini Spots “Mini Nile River” on Saturn’s Titan Cassini Spots “Mini Nile River” on Saturn’s Titan

The Cassini probe orbiting Saturn and its moons has photographed what the European Space Agency (ESA) is calling a “miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile river” on Saturn’s moon Titan. The formation is a river valley on the the moon’s …

Mars Rover Curiosity to Drill Rocks in Yellowknife Bay Mars Rover Curiosity to Drill Rocks in Yellowknife Bay

NASA reported this week that Mars Rover Curiosity recently drove 19 meters (63 feet) toward an area called “Yellowknife Bay. The drive represents the rover’s fourth consecutive driving day since leaving an outcrop called “Point Lake.” Curiosity has now driven …

NASA Releases Preemptive “Why the World Didn’t End” Video NASA Releases Preemptive “Why the World Didn’t End” Video

There are only nine days left until December 21, 2012 – the end of the world if conspiracy theorists are to be believed. That’s the day the Maya calendar supposedly ends and ushers in the apocalypse. Of course, there isn’t …

Researchers 3D Print Objects Using Synthetic Lunar Soil Researchers 3D Print Objects Using Synthetic Lunar Soil

It seems that every space program in the world wants to build a moon base at some point in the future. The only problem is actually getting the materials up there to construct the buildings. Researchers may have made it …

NASA Prototype Forecasts Storms For Transoceanic Flights NASA Prototype Forecasts Storms For Transoceanic Flights
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A new NASA-funded system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is now providing weather forecasts so that plane flights can avoid major storms over remote ocean regions. The prototype system provides eight-hour forecasts that are designed for …

NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights

NASA today announced that it has awarded three different companies contracts to develop technology that will enable commercial manned spaceflight from U.S. soil. The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space System, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) were all contracted for …

NASA Simulations Show How Wide Binary Stars Could Form NASA Simulations Show How Wide Binary Stars Could Form

Scientists with NASA‘s Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii have used computer simulations to reveal what causes binary stars to form. The researchers have concluded through their research that the widest binary star systems began as three stars, …

Look At NASA’s “Earth At Night” Imagery With Google Maps Look At NASA’s “Earth At Night” Imagery With Google Maps
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Last week, we saw new photos of the Earth at night from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Google announced today in a Google+ post that there is a new layer in Google Maps, which lets you …

NASA Releases Spectacular New Views of the Earth at Night NASA Releases Spectacular New Views of the Earth at Night

A new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite has taken photos of the unclouded Earth at night that are of higher detail than any before. NASA today released the images to the public, providing updated desktop wallpapers …

NASA Brushes Off Its Apollo Dust Data NASA Brushes Off Its Apollo Dust Data

It’s been 40 years since the last Apollo mission, and this week NASA announced that findings from those missions continue to provide researchers with new insights into the the moon. Scientists at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), NASA’s …