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Inside NASA's Giant Flying Laboratory

Gregory Slover (left) and Garry Beauregard prepare to board the DC-8. Image: David Osit for Motherboard I'm flying in the cockpit of one of the world's largest flying laboratories, looking out at some storm clouds illuminated by the lights of Lincoln, Nebraska, or maybe Abilene, Kansas. Show More Summary

Pruning the Mississippi

4 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Credit: USGS and NASA Hurricane Katrina demolished New Orleans 10 years ago. Extensive studies done after Katrina verified what lifelong residents of southeastern Louisiana already knew: Unless the rapidly disappearing wetlands are made...Show More Summary

‘Warp Speed’ UFO Flies Past International Space Station on NASA Video Feed, UFO Research Group Finds

The International Space Station has proven a hub for UFO sightings, thanks to the NASA live video feed broadcast continuously from the ISS back to the space agency’s website, where anyone can access the view from 249 miles above Earth’s surface — the altitude at which the space station orbits the Earth. Show More Summary

NASA Found ‘Star Wars Spaceship’ on Mars

Star Wars fans couldn’t believe their eyes. NASA’s Curiosity Rover took a photo which appears to have captured an object which looks strikingly similar to a Star Destroyer from the blockbuster series.

Obvious science: NASA finds vegetation essential for limiting city warming effects

From the “department of limiting UHI” and NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER   Cities are well known hot spots – literally. The urban heat island effect has long been observed to raise the temperature of big cities by 1 to 3°C (1.8 to 5.4°F), a rise that is due to the presence of asphalt, concrete, buildings, and…

NASA’s MRO Photographed UFO Crash Site On Mars — Is This The Martian Version Of Roswell UFO Incident?

UFOlogists say that NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has photographed a UFO crash site on planet Mars. The MRO image of the alleged crash site shows what UFOlogists and scientists agree is a bizarre-looking impact crater in the Elysium Planitia plains that straddles the Martian equator. Show More Summary

Designing a rover to mine for water on Mars

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Should we ever want to set up any sort of base or colony on Mars, it's inevitably going to require water to support life, but transporting enough liquids to the Red Planet is likely to be impractical. With NASA and others planning manned...Show More Summary

Glacier Calf: Massive Iceberg Visible In NASA Satellite Image

A massive glacier calf was spotted in several NASA satellite images — which were recorded earlier this month. The iceberg, which broke free from the Jakobshavn glacier, could be one of the largest in modern history. Although they are excited about the discovery, scientists are concerned about the implications. Show More Summary

Stunning images document Saturnian moon Dione during final Cassini flyby

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has marked its final close pass of the Saturnian moon Dione by capturing the rocky body in a series of stunning images as it sailed past the satellite on August, 17. Cassini had previously visited the moon five...Show More Summary

Be the first in your family to land on Mars

There’s a good chance I will be the first Pierini to land on Mars. No, I did not win some contest that sends me on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in the name of reality TV. But I did register my name with NASA to have it embedded on a microchip headed to […]

Ceres close-ups show lonely mountain, mystery spots

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The closest-yet views of the dwarf planet from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show mountains, craters and those confounding spots

7 things 'The Martian' gets right about science (pictures)

If the trailer for the new Matt Damon Mars flick looks all too real, thank NASA, which added some serious verisimilitude.

New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form Raw data often doesn't mean much until you do something with it. The data visualization wizards at NASA are no strangers to making raw data meaningful. Now, they have come up with a way to show how and where garbage in in

Ceres' Four-Mile Tall 'Pyramid' Is Closer Than Ever, Still Puzzling

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The closer we get to Ceres, the largest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, the stranger it becomes.  In June, NASA released a photo of Ceres, taken by the Dawn spacecraft from 2,700 miles away, that showed a several-mile high "pyramid" protruding from the dwarf planet's otherwise generally smooth surface. Show More Summary

Europa or frying pan?

5 days agoHumor / odd :

This image was tweeted out by the NASA Europa Mission account the other day: One of these images is of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon, and the other eight are frying pans. Can you pick Europa out? Hint: frying pans tend not to have impact craters. Tags: astronomy Europa Jupiter NASA space

NASA's Dawn zooms in on Ceres' towering conical mountain

A 4-mile-high mountain on dwarf planet Ceres comes into focus as the Dawn spacecraft scoots up close for its most detailed images yet.

Hard liquor ages in space

Space enthusiasts and sky-watchers will be able to see the worldwide Space Station over the western sky on Wednesday as it passes overhead. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly collected blood and urine samples and stored them in a science freezer for the “Fluid Shifts” study. Jeffrey Manber, managing director of NanoRacks, a company that helps send

Two Cape Verde lows following path of hurricane Danny may develop into tropical storms

From NASA Goddard: Danny has become a degenerate, that is, the tropical depression weakened. Satellite and Hurricane Hunter aircraft data showed that Danny degenerated into an elongated area of low pressure near the Windward Islands during the afternoon (local time) on August 24. Meanwhile two other developing low pressure areas lie to the east of…

NASA Boosts Funding For Plasma Rocket Development

5 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

A new plasma gas engine could cut the Earth-Mars transit time for future spacecraft from roughly six months to just 39 days. In pursuit of this goal, NASA has just awarded a contract to Ad Astra Rocket Company for continued testing of their latest futuristic plasma engine technology. Read more...

New images of Ceres show its ‘pyramid’ in unprecedented detail

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The dwarf planet Ceres is best known for its mysterious white spots (which could be either ice or salt, and remain TBD) but those aren't its only cool features. The tiny world, which is being studied by NASA's Dawn orbiter, also has a very interesting mountain.Read full article >>

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