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AM Linkage: Drone Traffic Control; The Making of the New SFMOMA Facade

Photo via Carl Wilson · Corrosion feared as water leaks into Bay Bridge's new span · NASA is researching how drone traffic should work · Gary Kamiya on the case against earthquake preparedness · How SFMOMA's fabricators are making the...

NASA sees Tropical Storm Kammuri's spiral bands of soaking thunderstorms

Tropical Storm Kammuri continues to strengthen on its north-northwestern track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and NASA's TRMM satellite identified a band of thunderstorms containing heavy rainfall northwest of the storm's center. Meanwhile NASA's Aqua satellite got a look at the entire storm and saw that those bands of storms circled the entire storm. read more

NASA identifies cold cloud tops in Tropical Storm Rachel

NASA's Aqua satellite saw the area of strong thunderstorms with colder cloud tops had grown within the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Storm Rachel. read more

In The Heart Of Silicon Valley, A Small NASA Team Is Busy Figuring Out How Drone Traffic Should Work

In the last year, several major tech companies have announced high-flying ambitions to launch their own drones. Google recently revealed it has spent the last two years secretly working on an unmanned aerial vehicle delivery program called "Project Wing." Facebook envisions its unmanned vehicles providing internet to people all over the world. Show More Summary

NASA rover drill pulls first taste from Mars mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, indicating the "volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption." read more

Soyuz delivers team of 3 to space station

6 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Successful docking at ISS, almost 300 miles over Pacific, boosts crew at space base back up to 6, including a veteran NASA astronaut

NASA Photos Show the Devestation Brought By the King Fire

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The King Fire in California has been burning for just twelve days now, but that's been long enough for the fire to eat up hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroy a number of properties. This NASA photo of the area puts all that into perspective. Read more...

Maven Delivers Its First Ultraviolet Images From Mars

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Piling on to the good news from Mars this week, NASA's Maven spacecraft sent home its first ultraviolet images from Mars. While they may not be flashy, these images will help determine the composition and variability of the upper atmosphere, and investigate the mystery when the water escaped. Read more...

NASA Image Shows King Fire's Devastating Damage From Space

A new NASA image shows the devastation wreaked by the King Fire east of Sacramento, California, which has been burning for the last two weeks NASA's Landsat 8 satellite took this infrared image on Sept. 19, which NASA artificially colored. Show More Summary

MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars

Quick work! Just eight hours after entering Martian orbit Sunday, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent data back to Earth that scientists quickly translated into the mission’s first images. Rendered in primary colors, the ultraviolet snapshots show three different aspects of the Red...

The Shrinking Of The Arctic Ice In One Simple Graphic

Briefly: NASA’s Greg Shirah made this great grid graphic using images of the north pole sea ice extent from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. From left to right you go from 1979 to 2014. From top to bottom you can see the months. You can see how the spots are smaller every year. Zoom in and scroll. More »      

NASA uses three space telescopes to detect water vapor on Neptune-sized exoplanet

NASA has been discovering one exoplanet after another these days, but its scientists have to look a lot closer if they want to see more details, such as the planets' color or whether they have water. That's exactly what the agency did while observing...

Clear skies on exo-Neptune

Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapour on a planet outside our Solar System. The planet, knownShow More Summary

Gigaom: India’s orbiter reaches Mars, making it the 4th nation to visit the planet

The spacecraft will study the planet's atmosphere and surface. It cost only about a tenth of the NASA orbiter that recently reached Mars.

Fourth Dragon for commercial resupply services arrives at International Space Station

The Dragon commercial cargo craft has completed a two day trip to the International Space Station after launching early Sunday morning. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst were at the controls of the robotics workstation in the Cupola when the Canadarm2 grappled Dragon at 6:52 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

U.S. releases enhanced shuttle land elevation data

High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced at the United Nations Heads of State Climate Summit in New York.

NASA, partners target megacities carbon emissions

The Megacities project combines direct surface measurements of urban greenhouse gases from instruments located in air sampling stations atop radio towers and buildings, with broader, denser remote-sensing observations from aircraft, mountaintops and satellites. Show More Summary

India’s first Mars satellite enters orbit, costing just 11% of NASA’s own Mars mission

India's Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan, has successfully inserted itself into Mars orbit. India becomes only the fourth space agency to successfully make it into Mars orbit, behind the Soviets, NASA, and the ESA. Remarkably, the entirety of India's Mangalyaan mission cost just 4.5 billion rupees -- or about $74 million. Show More Summary

India's Space Probe Successfully Enters Mars Orbit

India just cemented its place as a space power, and put NASA's billions to shame, with the news that its $74 million space probe just entered Mars orbit. Read more...

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