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NASA's "GoreSat" Weather Satellite Will Keep an Eye on Solar Winds

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

When the solar winds blow strong, it plays havoc with electronics here on Earth. We can protect our sensitive electronic infrastructure—power grids, navigation and communication satellites, and such—but only with sufficient warning. And that's where NASA's new DSCOVR satellite comes in. Read more...

NASA Wasted $349M on 'Ghost Tower'

Four years ago, NASA knew it wouldn't likely use a giant tower originally intended to test rockets—because the testing program was canceled. Yet the agency kept building the A-3 test stand and finally finished the $349 million project in June. And the costs keep coming, with the Mississippi structure...

How NASA Captured This Iconic Footage Of Apollo 17 Leaving The Moon

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon 42 years ago this week, a camera captured the movements of the spacecraft — even though nobody was left behind to, say, establish a lunar base. How was that possible? Read more...

Now’s your chance to name some space stuff (craters on Mercury, specifically)

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

NASA's Mercury orbiter has been spotting all of the planet's impact craters over the past three years of its mission, and now it's time to name a few of them. You can help, as long as you've got a favorite deceased artist or two to contribute.Read full article >>

A Week With No Sunlight On Earth: Hoax So Viral, NASA Had To Intervene To Quell It

Citizens of Earth had been routinely warned for the past few days that our planet was to be plunged into darkness for six whole days starting today. Thankfully, the sun rose and obliterated those rumors. However NASA, who usually refrains from commenting on hoaxes, had to address the unusually virulent hoax. Show More Summary

Massive study provides first detailed look at how Greenland's ice is vanishing

Scientists used NASA satellite and aerial data to reconstruct how the ice sheet changed at nearly 100,000 locations over many years.

Single Pilots May Have to Fly Jetliners

Imagine peeking into a jetliner cockpit and seeing a single pilot in there, responsible for flying all of those people. Well, NASA wants to seriously consider that option with a new $4 million study, the Wall Street Journal reports. Contract winner Rockwell Collins Inc. will look at whether a second...

Hidden movements of Greenland Ice Sheet, runoff revealed

For years NASA has tracked changes in the massive Greenland Ice Sheet. This week scientists using NASA data released the most detailed picture ever of how the ice sheet moves toward the sea and new insights into the hidden plumbing of...Show More Summary

NASA discovers Mercury is 'under steady siege' from meteor showers

NASA's Messenger spacecraft has discovered what may be a recurring meteor shower on Mercury. The spacecraft found a "halo of gases" in Mercury's exosphere, Phys.org reports. Scientists suspect the meteor shower may be associated with the Comet Encke, which also causes several yearly events on Earth. Show More Summary

NASA's Fermi Mission brings deeper focus to thunderstorm gamma-rays

Each day, thunderstorms around the world produce about a thousand quick bursts of gamma rays, some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. By merging records of events seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope with...Show More Summary

NASA catches Tropical Cyclone Bakung's remnants

Tropical Cyclone Bakung ran into adverse conditions in the Southern Indian Ocean that weakened it to a remnant low pressure system when NASA's Aqua satellite spotted it on Dec. 15. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard Aqua captured a visible picture of Bakung's elongated remnants on Dec. Show More Summary

NASA's MAVEN mission identifies links in chain leading to atmospheric loss

Early discoveries by NASA's newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet's atmosphere to space over time. read more

This Is Where NASA's Super Guppy Gets Some Rest

NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft — the aeroplane that carries the space agency’s biggest loads — sits overnight at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for a well-deserved break. In fact, it had carried the fuselage of… another aircraft, due to be tested at the centre. More »      

NASA's watches Tropical Cyclone Bakung over open ocean

Tropical Cyclone Bakung is moving in a westerly direction over the open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the sea storm. read more

How NASA Stays Beautiful

Peek inside NASA's style guide (and don't hate the agency for allowing Comic Sans). NASA has a better grasp of design than any other government agency. The U.S. space agency has several teams devoted solely to data visualization andShow More Summary

SEE IT: NASA interns perform 'All About That Space'

Meghan Trainor is going truly interstellar with this wonderfully a-dork-able parody of her smash hit "All About That Bass."

NASA's Super Guppy aircraft--the airplane that carries the space agency's biggest loads--sits overni

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA's Super Guppy aircraft—the airplane that carries the space agency's biggest loads —sits overnight at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In fact, it had carried the fuselage of... another aircraft, due to be tested at the center. [ NASA] Read more...

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