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These tiny 3-pound satellites are changing the way scientists look at Earth

Tiny satellites called Cubesats are a relatively cheap tool scientists are now using to better understand Earth. Produced by Matt Stuart. Reporting by Rebecca Harrington. Video courtesy of NASA. Follow TI: On Facebook SEE ALSO: Orbital eyes first customer for in-space satellite servicing Join the conversation about this story »

First attempt to deploy inflatable habitat on space station is a no-go

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as astronauts and engineers assess the situation. At 6:10 am EDT, NASA astronaut Jeff...Show More Summary

Ice on Mars: The Red Planet is going through an Ice Age - CNET

Data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests the Red Planet is going through an ice age.

NASA's Attempt To Inflate Its Expandable Space Module Fizzles

4 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The module known as BEAM can be folded so it takes up less room in a cargo rocket, and then expanded once it reaches space. Or at least that's the hope.

Space station module expansion called off after BEAM doesn't budge

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace weren't able to get the space station's newest module up and running this morning. Another attempt could come as early as Friday.

NASA's New Inflatable Space House Failed and Nobody Knows Why

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The International Space Station was supposed to get its very first attachable, expandable space house this morning. Instead, the structure refused to inflate—and nobody’s quite sure what went wrong. Read more...

On Thursday NASA added air to an inflatable module, and it didn’t inflate

NASA and Bigelow engineers will assess what went wrong and may try again Friday.

The ISS’s New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt

The BEAM inflatable habitat project will wait another day, as NASA tries to figure out what went wrong. The post The ISS's New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt appeared first on WIRED.

NASA scientists explain the art of creating digital hurricanes

Every day, scientists at NASA work on creating better hurricanes - on a computer screen. At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, a team of scientists spends its days incorporating millions of atmospheric observations,...Show More Summary

NASA inflating new experimental room at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA released air into an experimental inflatable room at the International Space Station on Thursday, but put everything on hold when pressure readings crept too high. After analyzing the data for an hour, Mission Control told astronaut Jeffrey Williams to resume the test, the first of its kind in space. […]

Astronauts Inflate Their First Expandable Habitat in Space

NASA's Jeff Williams is in the process of expanding the BEAM module of the ISS.

The Space Race is History: NASA Burns Billions, Relies on Russia for Basics

Russian journalist and commentator Sergei Cherkasov comments on the contemporary state of human space exploration and the technological exhaustion of its main drivers.

Space station crew inflating experimental "BEAM" external module

4 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA says it could be versatile tool aiding low-Earth and deep space orbit

Scott Kelly Interview

Astronaut Scott Kelly just spent 340 continuous days in space -- from March 2015 to this past March. The idea was to compare his physiology with his astronaut twin brother Mark’s, who remained on Earth as a control. NASA Credit: NASA As one might imagine, the human body atrophies without exercise. Show More Summary

Near-Earth asteroid Bennu: NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that

On Sept. 8, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the unknown surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, OSIRIS-REx's mission includes mapping the exotic terrain it explores...

Why is NASA Signing up for the SpaceX Red Dragon Mission?

When NASA and SpaceX announced April 27 that they had modified an existing unfunded Space Act Agreement that involves the company’s “Red Dragon” Mars lander concept, it was, unsurprisingly, SpaceX that got all the attention. No company has ever flown a private Mars lander, and not even NASA has landed a spacecraft as large as SpaceX’s Dragon. Show More Summary

Antares Rocket Rolled out for hot Fire Test

Orbital ATK’s Antares first stage with the new engines is rolled from NASA Wallops Flight Facility’s Horizontal Integration Facility to Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A on May 12, 2016 in preparation for the upcoming stage test in the next few weeks. Show More Summary

That study critiquing NASA's 'bad science' on asteroids is pretty bad science

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Questioning the scientific status quo is great, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

NASA is about to expand its giant inflatable habitat on the International Space Station — here’s how to watch live

Bright and early Thursday at 5:30 a.m. ET, NASA will blow up a giant inflatable habitat on the International Space Station (ISS). The $18 million dollar habitat, called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be the star of...Show More Summary

Microsoft HoloLens is helping NASA make its next Mars rover

NASA is using the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition headset, combined with augmented reality software, to help design the next rover that will be sent to Mars in 2020. ...

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