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The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars

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Equipped with a marshmallow-shaped lump of plutonium for energy and rock-vaporizing lasers for eyes, NASA's Curiosity rover is en route to an ancient crater on the red planet....
The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars
SpaceX Dragon takes flight

This joke isn't funny anymore, SpaceX delays ISS launch... again

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Stop us (oh, oh, oh stop us) if you've heard this one before (you have): SpaceX has announced that it won't be able to make that May 7th launch date. The company hasn't disclosed the cause (the static fire tests seemed to go okay) but spokesperson Kirstin Grantham said...
This joke isn't funny anymore, SpaceX delays ISS launch... again
NASA to use Virginia site to launch five rockets in experiment visible along Eastern Seaboard
Watch the transit of Venus from your desktop

SpaceX cargo ship takes off on commercial flight to station

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Three days after a last-second launch abort, a commercially developed rocket and cargo ship blasted off on NASA's first commercial flight to the International Space Station. [Read more]...
SpaceX cargo ship takes off on commercial flight to station

NASA mission calculates global ice melt and rising sea levels

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Over seven years, scientists used data from NASA satellites to measure global ice melt and the effect on sea level rise. Now, a new study shows that during that time, the world's water mass grew by half an inch....
NASA mission calculates global ice melt and rising sea levels

There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack

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It looks like OpenStack won’t have the open-source cloud spotlight to itself anymore. Citrix Systems has released its CloudStack software (which it obtained via its acquisition of Cloud.com last year) to the Apache Software Foundation, creating a competitive option to the OpenStack project of which Citrix was an early member....
There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack

VC turns office into Apollo museum

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Another venture capitalist with a penchant for collecting old technology: Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His focus? Gear from NASA's Apollo era....
VC turns office into Apollo museum

Visualized: 121-megapixel satellite photos show Earth in glorious, psychedelic detail (video)

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We're starting to think the Russians have an inside track on high-resolution space photos. When Nokia's 41-megapixel photo of Earth's horizon was just a twinkle in the 808 PureView designers' eyes, the Russian Federal Space Agency had long since finished taking 121-megapixel photos of the whole planet that we're...
Visualized: 121-megapixel satellite photos show Earth in glorious, psychedelic detail (video)

Boeing's SUGAR Freeze is a cool way to power a plane

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No, not the sensation you get when you have gulped your ice cream too fast. SUGAR Freeze is the a new propulsion concept developed by Boeing that aims to revolutionize air travel. Standing for Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research, the NASA-commissioned project (codenamed "N+4") looks at immature technologies in...
Boeing's SUGAR Freeze is a cool way to power a plane
SpaceX successfully blasts off to the International Space Station

Visualized: Space Shuttle Discovery gets prepped for its final flight, gets Boeing piggyback

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Strapped to the back of a repurposed Boeing 747, this is how NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery will make its final flight. Over the last few days, the shuttle has been readied and mounted onto the jet, technically called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). The duo will land at Dulles...
Visualized: Space Shuttle Discovery gets prepped for its final flight, gets Boeing piggyback

SpaceX Dragon is ready for launch (again) at 3:44AM ET, view the live stream now

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After being scrubbed a few days ago, it appears we are just minutes from viewing the launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule as it blasts it's way toward the ISS. Launch time is officially set for 3:44AM ET, and you can view it live via NASA's UStream embedded after the...
SpaceX Dragon is ready for launch (again) at 3:44AM ET, view the live stream now
NASA unveils Orion spacecraft to hurl humans to Mars in 2021

End of an era: NASA shuts down its last mainframe

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The space agency powered down its last System z machine, years after IBM stopped selling them for the mathematical calculation jobs NASA originally bought them for....
End of an era: NASA shuts down its last mainframe

Google, NASA to be investigated over ‘benefits’ from using private airfield

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A deal between Google and NASA is to be investigated by US Senator Charles Grassley over ‘benefits’ the search giant’s have enjoyed following its use of NASA’s Moffett Federal Airfield in California to store and operate its fleet of Google aircrafts. Grassley sent letters to both parties in April but...
Google, NASA to be investigated over ‘benefits’ from using private airfield
Starlite: the miracle material that was almost lost

New wireless transmission tech hits 2.56Tbps, leaves WiFi feeling inadequate

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Stoked about the gigabit speeds your new 802.11ac WiFi router is pumping out? One group of scientists hailing from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and universities in the US, Israel and China isn't so impressed, having generated a wireless signal clocking in at 2.56Tbps. Proof of the feat was published...
New wireless transmission tech hits 2.56Tbps, leaves WiFi feeling inadequate

Space Shuttle Discovery salutes Washington on historic final flight

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As historic flights go, this has to be right up there with the best of 'em. Space Shuttle Discovery performed a final fly-by over the capital, and created a trail of excited spotters as it did so. Perched atop a Boeing 747, the iconic craft was flying at a...
Space Shuttle Discovery salutes Washington on historic final flight
How to save the space program? Build the Starship 'Enterprise'

Amazon's Bezos finds Apollo 11 rockets in ocean, contemplates shipping options

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Ya' know, there's nothing like a little rocket hunting to save oneself from the doldrums of generating billions of dollars in revenue in the private sector. At least that appears to be the case for Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who spearheaded an ocean expedition to find the...
Amazon's Bezos finds Apollo 11 rockets in ocean, contemplates shipping options

NASA, GM working on a 'Robo-Glove' to assist astronauts and autoworkers alike

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We've seen power assist technology designed to help people walk, bike or just tote luggage around, and now we've for the Human Grasp Assist aka Robo-Glove. Under development from GM and NASA, the project takes inspiration from technology designed to give Robonaut 2 a hand capable of using tools...
NASA, GM working on a 'Robo-Glove' to assist astronauts and autoworkers alike

Open source mini sub appeals to our inner Steve Zissou

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Quadrocopters haven't exactly opened the skies for DIY exploration so much as they have for acrobatic feats, but the OpenROV project is hoping to make the briny depths friendlier for aspiring explorers and educators alike. The open source rover, spearheaded by NASA engineer and researcher Eric Stackpole, sinks to...
Open source mini sub appeals to our inner Steve Zissou

NASA gets two military 'Hubble-class' military telescopes, fist-pumps with joy

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Imagine all you wanted for Christmas was a telescope. As you frantically peel off layer after layer of wrapping, there it is -- your brother's old one. Well, okay, if your brother was the National Reconnaissance Office (and you were NASA) this might not seem quite as unjust. Thankfully...
NASA gets two military 'Hubble-class' military telescopes, fist-pumps with joy

NASA five-rocket mission to launch tonight, with live webcast

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Last week, we reported on NASA’s ATREX mission, which will launch five rockets in about five minutes to study the high-altitude jet stream along the East Coast. These suborbital sounding rockets will release chemical tracers to track the high-speed winds nearly 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. In addition, a...
NASA five-rocket mission to launch tonight, with live webcast

NASA details looming Mars rover landing, '7 Minutes of Terror'

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Curiosity, the Mars rover, is set to land on the planet in August; but to get there it must first pass a harrowing descent, which NASA details in new video. [Read more]...
NASA details looming Mars rover landing, '7 Minutes of Terror'
NASA used 'LOL memory' in the Apollo missions

NASA pulls the plug on the mainframe computer era

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It's the end of another era at NASA, although this one was perhaps more inevitable than others. Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton announced in a blog post over the weekend that the agency's last mainframe computer was shut down this month, marking an end to decades of room-filling computers....
NASA pulls the plug on the mainframe computer era

NASA eyes waypoint near moon, Orbital Drop Shock Troopers not in plans ... yet

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Not content with its Foursquare badge from the International Space Station, NASA is now setting its sights closer to the moon, with plans for a deep space outpost near our celestial neighbor. NASA is looking at setting up an outpost near the recently filmed far side of the moon...
NASA eyes waypoint near moon, Orbital Drop Shock Troopers not in plans ... yet
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