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Awwwww: Astronaut Gets Official NASA Portrait Taken With His Two Rescue Dogs

3 days agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

These are the official NASA portraits of astronaut Leland Melvin. Apparently he brought his two rescue dogs Jake and Scout into the studio on picture day, and got his official photos taken with them. Beautiful, aren't they? I wish Sears Portrait Studio would have let me bring my pets in to get our family pictures taken. Show More Summary

Largest Structure Ever Found Is a Really Cold Hole

Researchers using NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer and a telescope in Maui have discovered what they are calling the "largest individual structure ever identified by humanity," reports the Royal Astronomical Society. So large, in fact, that the only way to measure its size is in light years—1.8 billion...

This F-15 Turns Gobs Of Fuel Into Fire During A Glorious Engine Test Run

3 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

NASA recently built a new engine thrust stand at its Armstrong facility located at the northern edge of Edwards AFB. It can hold back 60,000 pounds, allowing crews to do engine runs on F-15 and F/A-18s with both engines running at full power simultaneously, including F-15B #836, the oldest serving Eagle in the US inventory. Read more...

NASA Releases Video Of Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle

Originally published on Gas2. Electric cars aim to solve the Earth’s increasing problems with pollution, but their service to humanity can extend well past the planet’s surface. NASA has released a video of its incredible Modular Robotic...Show More Summary

NASA plans LandSat 9, Earth's most high-tech selfie stick

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For over 40 years, Landsat has quietly but consistently been taking images of the surface of the Earth, amassing an impressive collection of data about our planet. This month, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced that...Show More Summary

NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin Was Photographed With His Two Rescue Dogs During His Official Portrait Shoot

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

NASA astronaut Leland Melvin was photographed with his two rescue dogs, Jake and Scout, during his official astronaut portrait shoot. Two photos were taken with the dogs. One features the two dogs excitedly jumping onto Melvin, and the other shows them calmly sitting at his site. Melvin uses the photo of the dogs jumping on him as […]

Dawn Is Arriving At Ceres, And The View Is Getting Pretty Sweet

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is settling into its first orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. And as you can see from this newly released animation, the view is getting to be quite spectacular. Read more...

Ceres' bright spots return to view in new Dawn spacecraft images from NASA

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The two brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, which have fascinated scientists for months, are back in view in the newest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn took these images on April 14 and 15 from a vantage point 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above Ceres’ north pole. Read the rest

NASA's Dawn Reveals Colorful Images of Ceres

The long wait for a closer look at Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, is finally over. Planetary scientists and astronomers now have the first images from Ceres that the NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured through three different color filters (green, blue, and near-infrared) in its camera.

NASA's Messenger on a Death Dive Towards Mercury's Surface

After years of studying the planet, NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (Messenger) spacecraft will go on a death dive at the surface of Mercury on April 30 when it runs out of propellant. The said spacecraft were the first to capture the first images of ice found on Mercury.

NASA’s MESSENGER Mercury mission is about to crash Land

Rest in pieces, MESSENGER, knowing you gave us most of what we know about Mercury before you ran out of fuel and slammed into its surface at 8,750mph. Video provided by Newsy        

NASA IT Guy to White House: Please Don't Make Us Encrypt All Our Websites

Last month, the White House asked all government agencies to secure their official sites by adopting web encryption by default, a measure security researchers widely agree is a baseline protection for users. The White House reasoning...Show More Summary

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft set to smash into the surface of Mercury

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

After over a decade of planetary exploration, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft is set to end its mission by smashing into the surface of Mercury. The collision will take place on April 30, with the probe traveling at a speed of roughly 8,750 mph (14,082 km/h). .. Show More Summary

New images of Ceres show more mysterious white spots

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now closing in on its first science-collecting orbit of Ceres, the uncharted dwarf planet that sits in our solar system's asteroid belt. It has spent a month on the dark side of the planet since entering its orbit, and just days ago it released its first images since March. Show More Summary

All the Drops Add Up

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a high school student in Michigan. She was working on a climate change research project and wanted to ask me a few questions, so of course I said yes. She asked me about my job at NASA,...Show More Summary

Astronaut Michael López-Alegría Explains the Intricacies of a Spacewalk in the New NASA Series ‘Suiting Up’

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Astronaut Michael López-Alegría explains the intricacies of a spacewalk or extravehicular activity (EVA) in the first edition of the new NASA series Suiting Up: Behind the Scenes. López-Alegría is the current American record-holder for most EVAs performed with 10, and has logged the second-longest EVA duration record with 67 hours and 40 minutes.

NASA satellite captures rainbow-hued view of Saharan dunes at sunset

  If you didn’t know better, you might think the above is an image of water rippling over a colorful lake bottom, or an abstract painting of sorts. But the reality is that this is an image of the Earth, specifically a sunset over an area of by

Life cycle of Earth’s carbon dioxide

The Cartography and Geovisualization Group at Oregon State University and NASA visualized a one-year life cycle of carbon dioxide in an interactive video map. The visualization is a product of… Tags: environment, NASA

Astronomers Unravel the Mystery of the Universe’s Giant Cold Spot

? Location of the Cold Spot on CMB map. Image: NASA Blueshift Eleven years ago, a group of astronomers discovered a mysterious mega-structure while studying a map of the cosmic microwave background (CMB)—the thermal fallout of the Big Bang. Show More Summary

Enceladus's Ice Volcanoes Are Feeding Saturn's Rings

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Saturn’s ice moon Enceladus is being slowly devoured by the gas giant’s rings, according to a series of new NASA images that show ghostly tendrils escaping the moon’s cryo-volcanoes and shooting off into space. Whoa. Read more...

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