November 21, 2019

NASA astronauts are preparing for the Moon in a big water tank

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By Mike Wehner From BGR NASA astronaut candidates have to meet a long list of criteria before the space agency decides they’re fit to carry out important duties in space. When astronauts return to the Moon in the near future, they’ll be met with challenges that few space travelers have ever endured, and NASA wants […]

How the customer interview illuminates innovation

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By Christie Nicholson From Core77 Few companies set up their customer conversations in ways that lead to accurate and useful data. The key is to ask better questions. Often our most painful experiences lead to our best lessons. Here’s a story of an awkward moment that inspired one of the most widely used practices in […]

SpaceX contracted by NASA to launch black hole and neutron star research craft

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By Derrell Etherington From TechCrunch SpaceX  has been awarded a new contract by NASA to launch the agency’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE. This research spacecraft will study polarized light from sources including neutron stars, pulsar wind nebulae and supermassive black holes, and provide much more imaging than existing space-based observation resources. The mission will help scientists […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds levels of gas on Mars that could suggest possibility of life

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By Darrell Etherington From TechCrunch NASA’s Curiosity Rover has detected high levels of methane output during its mission on the Martian surface, the New York Times reports. The discovery, found during a measurement taking on Wednesday by the robot and observed by NASA researchers, could indicate that microbial lifeforms may have taken up residence underground on […]

NASA is going to fire an atomic clock into space so astronauts know where they’re going

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By mike Wehner From BGR As NASA and other organizations begin to lay the groundwork for crewed missions to places other than an orbiting space station or even the Moon, they’re beginning to better understand the potential challenges such missions will pose. Keeping a crew alive and well for a long-haul space mission is going […]

Blue Origin and SpaceX get million-dollar NASA nod to test Moon lander tech

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By Devin Coldewey From TechCrunch Eleven aerospace companies will share more than $45 million in funds from NASA  to design and test prototypes for the Artemis Moon missions, the agency has announced. Among the established names like Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada are relative newcomers SpaceX and Blue Origin, looking to make a place for themselves on the […]

NASA will test asteroid defenses by slamming a spacecraft into a space rock in 2022

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By Mikw Wehner From BGR If Earth were ever to be threatened by a large space rock — and it definitely will at some point in the future — humanity is going to need to have a plan. Astronomers know this, which is why simulated exercises like the one that took place last week are so important, […]

NASA photos capture immense flooding of a vital U.S. Air Force base

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By Mark Kaufman From Mashable In 1948, Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington stationed the United States’ long-range nuclear bombers at Offutt Air Force Base in eastern Nebraska, a location safe in the middle of the nation and well-insulated from the coast. But 70 years later, the base — now home to the U.S. Strategic Commandwhich deters “catastrophic actions […]

RIP Mars Rover

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Mars Opportunity rover, R.I.P. By Richard Lawler From engadget Some sad news as NASA declares that its Mars Opportunity rover is no more. The explorer didn’t respond to one last attempt at contact.NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is dead NASA’s Opportunity has effectively been declared dead after the agency’s last attempt to contact the storm-struck rover […]

Kepler’s final image

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Kepler beams back final image from its almost decade-long journey By Saqib Shah from engadget Check out the space telescope’s last-ever snapshot before it ran out of fuel. NASA bid a bittersweet farewell to its Kepler spacecraft in October. During its nine-and-a-half year journey, the space telescope spotted more than 2,600 planets outside of our solar system. Not bad […]