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Edgar D. Mitchell, Sixth Moonwalking Astronaut, Dies at 85

Commander Mitchell, a member of NASA’s first lunar mission devoted exclusively to scientific research, Apollo 14, spent just over nine hours on the moon on two moonwalks.

Apollo 14 astronaut Captain Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell dies at age 85

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Some of us of a certain age felt a little bit older today after news that Captain Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell has died age 85. The US Navy veteran and NASA astronaut was the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 and was the sixth man to walk on the Moon. Show More Summary

NASA Drone to Study El Nino Weather Changes Over Pacific Ocean

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Hawk drone will conduct missions over the Pacific Ocean to monitor the effects of El Nino current weather patterns, Northrop Grumman announced.

Watch This Visualization of the Sun's Invisible Magnetic Field

3 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center provides a color-coded view of the Sun's magnetic activity.

Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

Want to know what it’s like to pilot NASA’s remote-controlled plane dubbed Greased Lightning or GL-10? Then, you have to check out this 360-degree video. It offers a birds-eye view from the pilot’s seat that shows the drone taking off, soaring over the countryside and then landing again. Show More Summary

Mars or the Moon? NASA Must Pick One Manned Mission Due to Lack of Funding

NASA appears to be incapable of simultaneously launching a manned mission to both the moon and Mars, due to a row of technical issues, a lack of financing from Washington and the absence of a clear plan for their space exploration program.

DailyDirt: If People Were Meant To Fly In Space...

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, the US launched a satellite and put together its own space agency less than a year later. In the past week, NASA has commemorated the loss of its astronauts in the Challenger and Columbia disasters, as well as the men who died in Apollo 1. Show More Summary

Could You Pass The Quirky Claustrophobia Test NASA Gives To Astronauts?

Do astronauts living and working in a space station suffer from claustrophobic panic attacks? This question was originally answered on Quora by Garrett Reisman.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

MIAMI (AP) — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85.

Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon, dies at age 85

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell has died. He was 85 years old. Mitchell was the sixth human to walk on the moon. He died Thursday night after a short illness. It was exactly one day before the 45th anniversary of the day he landed in the...Show More Summary

New Horizons sheds light on Pluto's floating hills

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA has released a new image taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it sped past the dwarf planet Pluto, displaying the locations of a number of "floating hills" composed of water ice. It is believed that these mobile peaks broke away...Show More Summary

NASA's GPM satellite examines violent thunderstorms

Severe weather moved through the southern U.S. on February 2 and 3, and NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite examined the violent thunderstorms. read more

NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

The Search For Potatoes That Will Grow on Mars

In yet another instance of life imitating the movies, NASA scientists are taking tips from The Martian and looking for hardy potatoes that can grow on the Red Planet. Astronauts with a taste for something besides tubers might prefer they watch some Star Trek flicks and work...

In Pictures: Orion Assembled and Shipped to Kennedy Space Center

The shell of NASA's next Orion spacecraft has been welded together and shipped to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Here's a photo recap of the assembly and transport process.

NASA: Probing Enceladus's Global Ocean --The Most Habitable Spot in the Solar System?

NASA's confirmation of the existence of a vast global ocean on Enceladus this past September casts a spotlight on Saturn's icy moon as the most potentially habitable spot beyond Earth in the Solar System for life as we know it....

NASA About To Put Finishing Touches On The Most Powerful Telescope Ever

The telescope will help reveal new solar systems capable of supporting life. The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is one step closer to completion. NASA has announced that they've just placed the 18th and final mirror segment into the array of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Show More Summary

‘The Martian’: What Happened When NASA Got Involved

The Martian is an Oscar-nominated movie based on the book by the same name written by Andy Weir. The story is about an astronaut thought to be dead and left behind on Mars, only to be alive and have to figure out how to survive. Here are a few facts about The Martian that few... Show More Summary

Icebergs on Pluto: Mystery Of “Floating Hills” Solved

Brand new data emerging from NASA’s New Horizons mission has revealed icebergs on Pluto, possibly solving the mystery of the “floating hills” that had puzzled astronomers since the images were transmitted last July. The images exciting...Show More Summary

NASA's Juno spacecraft completes Jupiter rendezvous burn

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Juno spacecraft has successfully completed a maneuver designed to fine tune its orbit around the Sun, preparing it for a rendezvous with Jupiter in just over five months' time. The probe will be required to undertake one further...Show More Summary

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