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A CubeQuest Challenge: Cubesats to the Moon & Beyond

Registration now is open for NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to...Show More Summary

Converting Human-Generated Waste Into Fuel in Space

Who would've known human waste could be used to propel spacecraft from the moon back to Earth? Researchers responded to the call from NASA and came up with a process to convert waste to methane and propel spacecraft to Earth.

PR Stunt of the Day: Author Sends Lamb Chop Into Space

3 days agoOdd : The Daily What

We can land on a comet, but we haven't yet sent a hunk of meat into space? What's the deal NASA? To promote the release of his new book "Meatspace," author Nikesh Shukla attached a tandoori lamb chop to a weather balloon, rigged with...Show More Summary

NASA: Some ‘Extreme Shrimp’ May Hold Clues To Alien Life

It’s hard to think of a tiny marine animal like a shrimp being extreme, but there is a type of shrimp living deep in the Caribbean sea that is so extreme that NASA says it holds clues to alien life forms. The shrimp are called Rimicaris...Show More Summary

NASA Built a Grappling Claw With Just Household Objects and LittleBits

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There were plenty of engineering-themed toys on view at this weekend's Toy and Game Fair in Chicago, but none of them came close to NASA's contribution in terms of sheer cred. On hand at the fair were NASA reps who demonstrated a mechanism built from the agency's new LittleBits kit. Read more...

My Zero-Gravity Plunge to Earth in NASA's Weightless Wonder

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can't prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly. Read more...

NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions

Attention, scientists, hobbyists and anyone in between who can design a mean CubeSat, or a mini cube-like satellite, for space exploration: registration is now open for NASA's Cube Quest contest, and the agency's giving out cash prizes worth a total...

Space Station Crew Pay Tribute To Douglas Adams

Six astronauts from the US, Russia and Italy are now on board the International Space Station for the 42nd expedition of its type. And if that number rings a bell, you’re not alone, hence this celebratory poster from NASA:

Characters of the Week – Astronauts

Characters of the Week – Astronauts 3:22 NASA gives a press conference about landing human beings on a comet... on Thanksgiving. Submitted by: MikeYoni Regular Keywords: NASA comet comet79p thanksgiving turkey family space comedy jokes humor mikeantonucci YoniLotan Yonitime Views: 5,203

Here's The Incredible Footage Of NASA's Antares Rocket Explosion

On October 28, 2014 an Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of supplies meant for the International Space Station exploded. Just a few seconds after liftoff there was a failure in a first stage booster AJ-26 engine, causing...Show More Summary

Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion

Late last month, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket, filled with 5,000 pounds of cargo intended for the International Space Station, exploded seconds after liftoff. At the time, news sources only had access to amateur footage, but now that...Show More Summary

NASA deploys four spacecraft to study magnetic reconnection

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA has released a video depicting the initial deployment of an undertaking designed to study a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will see four identical spacecraftShow More Summary

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When the happens, according to a NASA scientist, Saturn's moon Titan, which resembles a frozen version of Earth billions of years ago, could evolve its own indigenous life. Read more...

Remastered image shows the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon in living color

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

If this stunning shot of Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, looks familiar, that's because you've (sort-of) seen it before. The shot was taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft back in the '90s, and released in 2001. But the image released 13 years ago had a much lower resolution, and its colors all needed to be enhanced. Show More Summary

Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA's shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private companies, there is no group that is really pushing the

This biodegradable drone is grown from mushrooms and covered in wasp spit

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

A group of college students has created an environmentally friendly drone -- think veggie leather. Led by one of NASA's synthetic biology experts, they made an unmanned aerial vehicle almost entirely out of biodegradable materials. After a crash, these little fliers would basically disappear. Read full article >>

Twin astronaut guinea pigs.. for science!

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

NASA is studying twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to understand the affects of long space missions on the body and brain. Read the rest

Hubble captures stunning image of Egg Nebula

The Egg Nebula lies roughly 3,000 light years from Earth. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an incredible image of the "preplanetary nebula" as it showcases the discarded material from a dying star. Preplanetary nebulas eventually become planetary nebulas, notes, though they don't actually have anything to do with planets. Show More Summary

The Big Picture: our clearest view yet of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon

It's going to be a long, long time before anyone gets to see Jupiter's moon Europa first-hand, but NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory just provided the next best thing. It has released a "remastered" image of the icy celestial body that shows what it...

27 Paintings From the Most Famous Space Artist On Earth (And Off)

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

"The nearest thing to an artist-in-residence from outer space." That's how Isaac Asimov once described Robert T. McCall, the renowned illustrator, conceptual artist, space-scene painter, official NASA artist, and creator of legendary movie posters including 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more...

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