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Trending This Week: News Stories on Social Media

The biggest and most interesting news stories this week, as told by Brandwatch social data. The news cycle this week was dominated by conversations around Movember, Adult Swim's "Too Many Cook's" viral video, Veteran's Day, NASA's Philae comet landing, and of course the one topic no one is safe from: Kim Kardhasian.

NASA Spacecraft "at Puto's Doorstep" 3 Billion Miles from Earth --Poised for Six-Month Encounter

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is well under way to prepare the...

Red Planet Herring

2 weeks agoOdd : Snopes

Did NASA's Mars rover Curiosity find a fish fossil near the Windjana drilling target?

Biodegradable Drone Made from a Fungus Self Destructs After a Crash

Scientists from the NASA AMES Research Center and Stanford University are working on an interesting new drone that is designed to be biodegradable. The idea is that if the drone is on a mission watching someone…

Pilot Rosetta at Home to Land on a Comet and Study It With NASA’s Comet Quest Game - If only the game tutorial told you how to fire Philae's harpoons.

2 weeks agoOdd : Geekosystem

The European Space Agency made history yesterday when its Philae lander became the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on the surface of a comet. But you can get in on the action with NASA's Comet Quest game, which tasks you with piloting Rosetta, sending the Philae lander down to the surface of a comet, and studying the comet while avoiding its dangerous debris.

Jupiter’s Red Spot Not What NASA Thought It Was, New Revelations To Its Existence Revealed

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been a source of intrigue and mystery for amateur and professional star-gazers alike, possibly more so than the planet itself. Theorists have speculated the Great Red Spot is a product of chemicals gathering underneath its surface, as well as an array of other possibilities. Show More Summary

NASA meets time travel in Mark Millar and Sean Murphy’s ‘Chrononauts’

What if we explored time the way we did space—with expeditions manned by our best and brightest as the whole

How’s the Rosetta lander doing? Here’s everything we know.

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

On Wednesday, European Space Agency and NASA scientists made history when they had a successful soft landing on a comet. The Philae lander definitely landed (well done, you), and it's delivering data back home. Read full article >>

Google takes over NASA airport in Silicon Valley

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Ever-growing Google now has an airport to its name: the Internet giant has signed a 60-year lease to run a NASA airbase that comes with massive hangars for dirigibles. Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures plans to use the historic Moffett Field in Silicon Valley for research and development in...

Google Leases NASA Airfield And Airship Hanger One

Google has agreed to lease a NASA airfield for 60 years in a deal worth $1.16 billion. It plans to use Moffett Federal Airfield for its space research subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC. The airfield, in Mountain View in the San Francisco bay area, was originally a naval air base; NASA took control in 1994 when […]

Don't let the simple graphics fool you: NASA's Comet Quest is a complex and addictive online game th

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Don't let the simple graphics fool you: NASA's Comet Quest is a complex and addictive online game that challenges you to perform several missions, including landing, collecting and transmitting scientific data, and keeping Rosetta safe from chunks of comet material that occasionally spews from the surface. Read more...

Is Google Inc (GOOGL) Paying NASA $1 Billion Just to Overtake Space X?

When you hear Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), NASA hangar and a huge sum of money that the tech giant is set to dole out, space crafts is the first thing that comes to mind. This is followed by the thought of Elon Musk’s Space X, and whether it might be facing competition even before private space […]

Drone made of fungi can disintegrate to keep its spying activities a secret

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

You know what's stealthier than an ordinary drone? One that can disintegrate when it needs to, in order to destroy evidence of its spying activities. A team of researchers from various educational institutions and NASA Ames Research Center has...

NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad, hoisted onto rocket ahead of its first spaceflight

NASA's new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours of Nov. 12. Orion will travel almost 60,000 miles into space Thursday, Dec. Show More Summary

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is likely a sunburn, not a blush

The ruddy color of Jupiter's Great Red Spot is likely a product of simple chemicals being broken apart by sunlight in the planet's upper atmosphere, according to a new analysis of data from NASA's Cassini mission. The results contradict the other leading theory for the origin of the spot's striking color -- that the reddish chemicals come from beneath Jupiter's clouds.

Google To Lease Moffat Airfield From NASA With Plans Open A Public Educational Facility by @mattsouthern

NASA’s Moffat Airfield is, among other things, the home and launch pad of private jets owned by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. After having used it for years, Google has signed a deal to lease the airfield and take over operations for the next 60 years. Show More Summary

Orion spacecraft arrives at NASA Kennedy, “First step on journey to Mars”

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule is seen in silhouette, set against the pad lights at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37B on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (collectSPACE) The first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at a NASA Kennedy Space Center launch pad. Read the rest

Here Is the Simple Mind-Trick That Makes Every Movie and TV Show Seem Better

Have you watched a film or television series lately that left you unsatisfied, confused, or vaguely disgruntled? Was there a moment in, say, Interstellar when you thought, Wait a second, just how much money can NASA raise through corn taxes, exactly? and then started to feel the whole narrative unravel? Have you followed an... More »

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