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Category: Space: Space Tech

How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can’t carry you into its depths (yet) — but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing TED talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can’t see. Natasha Hurley-Walker helped with …

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World’s First Live 360 Rocket Launch: Orbital ATK CRS-7

NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. This stream will begin at approximately 11:00a.m. EDT on April 18th, and will last until the rocket is out of sight. This stream enables you to look around in 360 degrees -as …

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NASA: Science of Small Satellite Constellation Mission Previewed during Briefing

On Dec. 10, a news briefing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida previewed the science of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft. CYGNSS, which is scheduled to take off aboard an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vehicle Dec. 12, for deployment over the Atlantic Ocean, will make frequent and accurate …

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DNews: NASA’s Plan To Give Our Moon Its Own Moon

NASA is planning on taking a piece of an asteroid and redirecting it into the moon’s orbit, but how is that even possible?  

X-Prize: Future First | Exploring Mars in VR

Technology is really a marvel. So often, as new technology comes out and allows us to do things that were thought impossible in the past, we hear the phrase “The future is now.” Popular Science and XPRIZE are teaming up to explore and explain technologies like these in a new video series called Future First. …

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TV | Bret Copeland: How to Land the Space Shuttle… from Space

Let’s say you’re traveling at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km/h) in low earth orbit, your main engines are out of fuel, and it’s your job to guide the spaceship through a fiery re-entry without burning up or skipping out of the atmosphere, navigate to your landing site, and arrive with just enough energy …

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NASA: James Webb Space Telescope Update

Members of the media were invited to join NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Nov. 2 at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for an update about what’s in store for NASA’s next great observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, and a rare glimpse of the telescope’s mirrors. During the event, Bolden and other agency leaders …

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ESA: ExoMars: From separation to landing

On 16 October, seven months and 500 million km after launching from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, the joint European and Russian ExoMars 2016 mission reaches a crucial phase. The Trace Gas Orbiter will release its Schiaparelli lander for a three day coast and a six minute descent to the Martian surface.The lander, which was designed to …

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ESA: Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars

ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) is a two-part Martian astrobiology life searching project and joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and a test stationary lander called Schiaparelli were launched on 14 March 2016. Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending …

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Science Magazine: The world’s largest telescope is about to come online

In a stunning landscape of jagged limestone hills in southwestern China, engineers are putting the finishing touches on a grand astronomy facility: a half-kilometer-wide dish nestled in a natural depression that will gather radio signals from the cosmos. The world’s largest radio telescope will catalog pulsars; probe gravitational waves, dark matter, and fast radio bursts; …

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NASA: White House, NASA Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission

Officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and NASA held a live Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) discussion at the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. During the event on Wednesday, Sept. 14, OSTP’s Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA’s Administrator Charles Bolden and ARM Program Director Dr. Michele …

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NASA: STEM in 30 | Star Trek at 50: Science Fiction to Science Fact

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s STEM in 30 series of live, fast-paced, 30-minute webcasts are designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM for students. In recognition of the premiere of Star Trek, 50 years ago this September, this episode of STEM in 30 explores how one of the most popular shows in …

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TomoWorld: China to launch second space lab Tiangong-2 into space this year

China plans to launch its second space laboratory into outer space this year, part of its strategy to create a manned space station that is expected to be in service around 2022. China’s second space laboratory, Tiangong-2, will be attached to two separate labs. The country’s first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou-1, will be launched into space …

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PBS: Space Time: Should We Build a Dyson Sphere?

The Kepler telescope recently noticed a strange partial eclipse that some have speculated could be a Dyson Sphere. Are Dyson Sphere’s possible? Are they practical? What other alternatives to futuristic energy capture do we have to choose from? Why not a kugelblitz – a swarm of black hole powered engines?  

“NASA testing PRANDTL-D shows elegant bird-like agility”

Is THIS the first plane that will fly on Mars? Prototype of Nasa aircraft completes its first test flight *Named Prandtl-M, the aircraft will be small and piloted remotely *Has been designed by Nasa engineers along with two groups of students *Prototype flew on 11 August at the Armstrong Flight Research Centre *It could one …

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Curiosity Rover Report (August 5, 2016): Four Years on Mars

After four years on Mars, Curiosity rover and her operations team are now seasoned explorers, anxious to climb to greater heights on Mount Sharp.  

NASA: New High Dynamic Camera Records Rocket Test

This is footage of Orbital ATK’s QM-2 solid rocket booster test taken by NASA’s High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera. HiDyRS-X records high speed, high dynamic range footage in multiple exposures simultaneously for use in analyzing rocket engine tests. Traditional high speed video cameras are limited to shooting in one exposure at a time, …

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Real Engineering: Can We Create Artificial Gravity?

The equation is a=(w^2)*r where a is the acceleration, w is the angular velocity and r is the radius. First we must convert RPM to radians per second. There is 2(pi) radians per revolution and 60 seconds in a minute. So one RPM equals 2(pi)/2. We then simply enter these values into the equation. For …

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NASA: The Science of Juno ‘s Mission to Jupiter

During a news briefing from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California the science team involved with the Juno mission to Jupiter talked about the scientific goals of the mission. This Fourth of July, the solar-powered Juno spacecraft will arrive at our solar system’s most massive planet after an almost five-year journey. Once in Jupiter’s …

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TED: Your kids might live on Mars. Here’s how they’ll survive | Stephen Petranek

It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we’ll make Mars our next home. “Humans will survive no matter what happens on …

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