Posts Tagged "NASA"

NASA working on RASSOR robot space excavator

NASA working on RASSOR robot space excavator

Recently we’ve seen preliminary asteroid mining plans from Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, but what about NASA? The government agency would like to do some excavating on the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, too – but it isn’t in it for the profit. NASA wants to clear the way for…

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Opportunity rover begins tenth year on Mars

Opportunity rover begins tenth year on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover begins its tenth year on Mars this week. On January 25, 2004 at 05:05 GMT, the unmanned craft landed in Eagle Crater (1.95°S 354.47°E) in the Meridiani Planum region of the Red Planet. Though scheduled for only a 93 day mission, it continues to explore the Martian…

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NASA team pushing towards thermal nuclear propulsion systems

NASA team pushing towards thermal nuclear propulsion systems

Nuclear-powered rocket engines are not new. In the 1960s, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union developed and tested thermal nuclear rockets fitted with flight-worthy components. However, Project Rover and NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Nuclear Rocket Application) programs were defunded in the early 1970s just before test flights were to…

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New Sunspots Producing Space Weather

New Sunspots Producing Space Weather

On Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. Not to be confused with a solar flare, a CME is a solar phenomenon that can send solar particles into space and reach Earth one to three days later. Experimental NASA…

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Collision creates largest known spiral galaxy

Collision creates largest known spiral galaxy

A new study has led to the classification of NGC 6872 as the largest known spiral galaxy. The galaxy measures some 522,000 light-years across and resides 212 million light-years from earth. The stellar system exists in close proximity to the small disk galaxy IC 4970, which is thought to have…

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