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NASA scientists want to send a crew to the clouds of Venus

With temperatures sailing above 900 degrees Fahrenheit and an intense atmospheric pressure, sending humans to the surface of Venus is impossible, but two NASA scientists say going to the planet's clouds is a different story. Dale Arney...Show More Summary

NuSTAR's amazing first image of the sun

6 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Via NASA/JPL, this amazing image is one of the first shot by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. A larger version is available here. Read the rest

This Was The Incredible View From Orion's Crew Module During Re-entry

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Earlier this month, NASA scored a major victory with the flawless launch of the Orion prototype spacecraft. The space agency has now released a thrilling new video showing an astronaut's-eye view from the crew module's window as it returned to Earth. Read more...

NASA plans to unleash HAVOC into the clouds around Venus

We haven’t even laid eyes on the surface of Venus yet, but that’s not deterring NASA from daydreaming about sending manned missions to the planet. Although much of Venus is still a completely mystery, we do know that the surface of the planet is far too

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NASA wants to build airship cities in the Venus sky

Since Venus is closer to Earth than Mars -- both in size and distance -- it would be a much more convenient candidate for manned exploration. There's just a slight hitch: the average temperature is 850 degrees F, and the atmosphere is 90 times denser...

25 Mind Blowing Space Art Concepts of Cosmic Scenes

It’s interesting to browse real space images sourced by NASA, but the fictional concepts in the Space Art genre are really mind blowing. These artists produce extraordinary cosmic scenes featuring vibrant nebulas and gigantic planets. Show More Summary

NASA releases video of Orion re-entry

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Proving that not all the space spectaculars are on the big screen at Christmas, NASA has released video taken from inside the Orion spacecraft during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere earlier this month. The ten-minute video shows...Show More Summary

MAVEN uncovers secrets of Martian atmosphere loss

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Mars is regarded as the most Earth-like of the planets in the Solar System, but its atmosphere is only 0.6 percent as dense as Earth's and is constantly leaking what little air it has into space. NASA'S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution...Show More Summary

Email Of The Year! NASA Emails Space Station Astronauts A New Wrench With 3D Printing

Astronauts on the International Space Station were in need of a new wrench. However, thanks to 3D printing, they didn’t have to wait for a shipment to arrive in space. Instead, they were able to open a simple email attachment and print a new wrench. Show More Summary

This NASA Experiment Looks Just Like Episode VII's New Lightsaber

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA's Flame Extinguishment - 2 (FLEX-2) experiment is designed to study the characteristics of burning fuel droplets in space, aboard the International Space Station. But under certain conditions, it looks an awful lot like the crossguard lightsaber from the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII. Read more...

NASA Built a $349 Million Test Tower, Then Immediately Shut It Down

Welcome to Reading List, a collection of some of the best digital reads in technology and science. We have stories that take a deep dive into Amazon's ebook empire, a perplexing survey into NASA's $349 million abandoned test tower, an...Show More Summary

How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

Editor’s Note: Thomas Stein is the Senior Computer Systems Manager for NASA’s Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University. As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its mannedShow More Summary

Here's what astronauts aboard Orion will see during re-entry

Most of us will never be astronauts -- sorry to break it to ya -- but we can at least pretend to be aboard the Orion capsule with this video (below the fold), courtesy of NASA. Orion's camera captured 10 minutes of footage from the time it started bl...

Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic Ames would become. Read more...

#AGU14 NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory shows surprising CO2 emissions in Southern Hemisphere

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning. Show More Summary

Glow from Orphan Stars--"Generate More Light than all the Galaxies in Observable Universe" (Weekend Feature)

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers at Caltech and their colleagues have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. Initially some...

How NASA ‘Emailed’ A Wrench Into Space

What happens when you’re in outer space and you suddenly need something you don’t have? It’s not like UPS makes regular trips to the International Space Station. Normally, astronauts could have to wait up to several months for a specific tool to be delivered up to the ISS. Show More Summary

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