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11.20.13 Kyle Petreycik

During the construction of NASA spacecraft, highly sterilized clean rooms are built and used in order to prevent any possible contamination that may stand in the way of search for life aboard the crafts. Extreme measures are taken in these “clean rooms.” They are kept extremely dry, are cleaned with a series of harsh chemicals […]

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11.18.13 Andy Cush

This afternoon could see the launch of NASA’s latest Mars mission: MAVEN, an unmanned spacecraft dedicated to studying the planet’s atmosphere. It’s set to takeoff from Space Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral aboard a Atlas V rocket at 1:28PM, assuming conditions are clear. “We expect to learn how the modern Mars works, really in detail,” […]

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11.14.13 Kyle Petreycik

Yesterday, NASA uploaded one of their most complex animations ever. In the two-minute clip we see some of the highest resolution images ever “collected” from the Red Planet, taken directly from NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab. This short, but informative fly-by presents us with an alternative view of what Mars may have looked like billions and billions of […]

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10.24.13 Andy Cush

While NYC suffers through unseasonably chilly October temperatures, warm yourself with this beautiful footage of the sun’s surface, captured last month and published by NASA today. It shows the eruption of a 200,000 mile-long filament, dubbed the “Canyon of Fire” by the space agency, and was taken over the course of two days. […]

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10.07.13 Andy Cush

Last week we brought you the sad news that despite the millions and millions of miles between it and the Capitol Building, the Mars Curiosity rover couldn’t be saved from the federal shutdown, and is currently operating on standby. Fortunately, there’s hope for our Mars efforts yet: the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN), which […]

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10.02.13 Bucky Turco

Fox News published a story on its website Monday about the government shutdown that reeks of The Onion. “How to visit national parks during the partial gov’t shutdown,” reads the headline. And then they go there: National parks were not exempt from the government shutdown but that does not mean you can’t ‘visit’ the nation’s […]

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10.01.13 Andy Cush

You may be aware that NASA is one of the federal agencies being affected by the government shutdown; 18,000 workers, 97% of NASA’s employees, will not be reporting to work until Congress works out a solution. But perhaps the most notable furlough isn’t even a human: the Curiosity rover, all the way up on Mars, […]

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09.13.13 Bucky Turco

In August, we noted how researchers from the University of Maryland stirred up some controversy when they said evidence now indicates that the Voyager 1 spacecraft–launched in 1977–has left the Solar System and is cruising around interstellar space complete with a gold plated record detailing man’s existence intended for extraterrestrials. NASA announced on Thursday that […]

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09.10.13 Andy Cush

In a crucial development towards developing a self-sustaining system for living in space, NASA will begin growing vegetables on the International Space Station this December. Dubbed VEGGIE, the small rig, “filled with a material akin to kitty litter,” will grow six romaine lettuce plants, to be tested and eaten back on earth. Apparently, the biggest […]

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09.04.13 Andy Cush

Friday evening, NASA will begin its next mission to the moon, launching an unmanned spacecraft with the hopes of studying the satellite’s atmosphere and surface dust. And though the launch, scheduled for 11:27PM, is happening at the Wallops Flight Center on Virginia’s eastern shore, in the right conditions, it may be possible to see it […]

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