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First object 3D-printed in space aboard ISS

2 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The first 3D printer in space housed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has run off its first object. The item was a faceplate embossed with "NASA and Made In Space, Inc" and is part of a NASA effort aimed at producing spare parts for long-range space flights and greatly simplifying mission logistics... Show More Summary

NASA requests comment on airship challenge

3 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA has submitted a request for information in order to gauge the interest of industry, academia, innovators and enthusiasts regarding a potential airship design challenge. The agency hopes that the “20-20-20 Airship Challenge” would...Show More Summary

NASA Won’t Waste Human Waste, Will Use It For Fuel

Get your toilet humor and poop puns ready – it’s time for another edition of “What do astronauts do with all that doo-doo?” NASA recently asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds...

Everyday Things You Didn't Know Were Invented By NASA

6 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When you think of the US space program, spaceships and satellites may be the first thing that comes to mind, but there are plenty of mundane items that we take for granted that we have thanks to NASA and its contractors. Here are just a few examples of how NASA has improved life on Earth. Read more...

Red Bull Racing Is The NASA Of Cheating

8 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor's championship, b ut for me, it doesn't matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything. Because they keep cheating in the cleverest of ways, which is what F1 is all about. Read more...

NASA has successfully created the first 3D printed object in space

NASA takes a giant leap toward more flexible long-term missions with the successful test of a 3D printer on the ISS. Future astronauts may be able to simply print replacement parts on-demand.

How Solar Winds Form And Swirl, A Simulation

Briefly: This supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun reveal in unprecedented detail how solar winds form and swirl. The colours represent magnetic field strength from weak (blue) to strong (red). [NASA] More »  ...

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Explains Why the Oceans of Jupiter’s Moon Europa May Contain Life

10 hours agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In a video by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why the oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa may contain life. Hand also explains the characteristics of Europa that allow it to have a liquid ocean despite being so outside the Sun’s “Goldilocks Zone.” Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of […]

NASA's Van Allen Probes spot an impenetrable barrier in space

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth. read more

NASA Testing the Space Telescope Mirrors for Hubble's Heir (VIDEO)

“In the quest for extraterrestrial biological signatures, the first stars we study should be white dwarfs,” said Avi Loeb, Director of Harvard University’s Institute for Theory and Computation. If all the conditions are right, we’ll be able to detect...

That Time NASA Asked Schoolchildren To Hunt For Moon Rocks In Iowa

12 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In 1964, NASA tried to obtain lunar rocks without actually going to the Moon. The initiative, called Project Moon Harvest, enlisted the aid of farmers and schoolkids to dig around western Iowa in search of possible lunar meteorites. Read more...

NASA preps launch of four satellites that will finally suss out the origins of Earth’s mysterious magnetic field

This coming March NASA will be launching the Magnetospheric Multiscale Nission (MMS), a effort ten years in the making which will hopefully answer some of the many outstanding questions we have about Earth's magnetic field. In particular,...Show More Summary

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Buck Rogers surely couldn't have seen this one coming, but at NASA's request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste -- yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel. Adolescent jokes aside, the process finally makes useful something that until now has been collected to burn up on re-entry. Show More Summary

Plug Pulled on World's 2nd-Most-Watched Clock

After London's Big Ben, NASA says, its Kennedy Space Center countdown clock was the world's most watched. Not anymore: It was taken down yesterday, WESH reports. The clock, with 336 40-watt light bulbs, has been around since 1969, alongside Apollo 12, WCSC reports. But all those hundreds of bulbs have...

NASA's 3D printer makes history on International Space Station

NASA's 3D printer on the International Space Station this week successfully produced the first object ever printed in orbit — a faceplate for the printer itself with the logos of NASA and Made in Space, the company that made the printer. Show More Summary

This supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun reveal in unprecedented detail how

19 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun reveal in unprecedented detail how solar winds for and swirl. The colors represent magnetic field strength from weak (blue) to strong (red). [ NASA ] Read more...

What It Feels Like To Fly In NASA's Crazy Zero-Gravity Plane

Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can’t prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly. More »      

Why It's Time To Get Excited About Our Favorite Former Planet

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It will be Pluto like we've never seen it before: early next month, NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft will emerge from its slumber as it prepares for what will surely be a historic flyby of the dwarf planet. Read more...

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