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NASA's Ceres maps show color-coded features and new official, mythical names

The geological features on dwarf planet Ceres are now named after agricultural gods and goddesses, while we're still waiting to hear about the sci-fi names chosen for features of Pluto's moon.

Pluto team name features after Dr Who and Star Trek

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky NASA'S New Horizons team have named newly discovered landmarks on Pluto's largest moon in honour of scifi shows including Doctor Who and Star Trek. The...Show More Summary

The sounds of Voyager's Golden Record

6 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

When they were launched in 1977, the two Voyager spacecraft each carried with them a 12-inch gold-plated copper record containing images and sounds of Earth for the viewing pleasure of whichever aliens happened across them. NASA has put the sounds of the Golden Record up on Soundcloud. Show More Summary

German Researchers ‘Confirm’ NASA’s EM Drive Test Results

Martin Tajmar, researcher at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, has presented new test results consistent with “encouraging results” presented by NASA’s Eagleworks research team in July 2014 at the 50th Joint Propulsions Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Show More Summary

Ye Gods! Craters on Ceres Given Heavenly Names

In cooperation with NASA's Dawn mission, researchers at Germany's aerospace center chose names of fertility deities for the most prominent craters on Ceres, a dwarf planet less than half the size of Pluto.

The Sadly Familiar Reason NASA Was Created

The act that created the space agency was signed on July 29, 1958

Beautiful New Topo Map Of Ceres Shows A Complex, Icy World 

NASA has just released a stunning new topographic map of Ceres, the other dwarf planet astronomers are getting to study up close and personal this summer. Unlike Pluto’s freakishly smooth and youthful surface, Ceres’s exterior is riddled with craters, creating a battered old landscape of peaks and valleys. More »      

Alka-Seltzer in Space

6 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

In this new video from NASA, astronauts aboard the International Space Station play with a ball of water by adding Alka-Seltzer. Oh, it bubbles, alright, but those bubbles really don’t have anywhere to go, so they just float around inside the orb. Show More Summary

NASA tests new camera at a space station

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA astronaut, Terry Virts, recently tested a new camera that seems to provide more detailed material from space.      Virts was exploring water tension in microgravity as he dissolved an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water, which is captured in great detailed and high-resolution in...

Listen to the Earth sounds NASA recorded for aliens

6 days agoHealth : The Checkup

It's now easier than ever to enjoy the audio summary of life on Earth that NASA sent out into interstellar space.The Golden Record is a funny thing. Sent off with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977, the phonograph recording (which is actually on multiple records) is meant to be a hodgepodge sampling of what life is like on Earth. Show More Summary

Amazon makes its case for dedicated drone highways in the sky

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Much of the talk around the feasibility of Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery service is rightly centered around how the vehicles can be safely squeezed into US airspace. But under plans outlined by the company at a NASA convention today,...Show More Summary

Amazon reveals new details to make drone-filled airspace safer

Amazon wants drones to be the future of rapid product delivery, but there are many regulatory hurdles ahead before it could become a reality. At NASA's Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Convention on Tuesday, Amazon outlined a plan for better regulation of drones, according to The Verge. Show More Summary

What You'd Hear If You Found Voyager's Golden Record In Deep Space

It’s been 38 years since NASA launched a gold record containing sounds and sights of Earth into space. Yesterday, NASA made it easier to hear those noises for yourself. On Soundcloud. More »      

How to Sail in Jupiter's Sky: NASA Reveals its Concept

Amid new discoveries by the Curiosity rover on Mars and the New Horizons flyby of Pluto, it’s easy to forget that the solar system’s rocky bodies are comparatively easy to explore. Much harder are the gas giants, obscured by heavy cloud cover and unpredictable weather. But NASA has a plan for those, too.

Curiosity's Latest Mars Mystery: Weird Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity recently investigated a rock never seen before on the Red Planet, one that may be capable of preserving ancient carbon-containing organic molecules.

Amazon wants air space for delivery drones

Online retail colossus Amazon wants to carve out a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers. Amazon Prime Air project vice president Gur Kimchi used a NASA convention in California on Tuesday to fly the idea of dedicating separate air zones for commercial drones. Kimchi proposed […]

Listen to the Sounds of Voyager's Golden Records

6 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Nearly four decades after the spacecraft left earth, NASA has uploaded the complete audio from Voyager's Golden Records.

Package Delivery By Drone

Workhorse Group presents its plan for package delivery by drone at NASA Convention

NASA tells lawmakers to brace for more Pluto secrets revealed by mission

Hoping to capture lawmakers' imaginations and perhaps loosen their purse strings, NASA officials said Tuesday that the new scientific information gleaned from the New Horizons mission to Pluto was "revolutionizing" what they know about the icy dwarf planet.

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