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This Is The Star That NASA Has Nicknamed The 'Nasty One'

While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close — and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One.


Meet The Cheap, Tiny NASA Spacecraft That Will Explore Distant Worlds

Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable — using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.


The Closest Look Yet At Ceres' Many Bright Spots

Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two — they were many, many more. Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission.


You Might Not Even Notice This Wallpaper Is Made From Images Of Space

One of the wonderful things about our nation’s Copyright Act is found under Section 105, which stipulates that the stuff government agencies — like NASA — create is free for anyone to use. Which makes projects like this space-plastered wallpaper possible.


Get Software For Designing Rockets And Piloting Drones, Free From NASA

You can get over 1,000 free programs from NASA, thanks to the second release of NASA’s online software catalogue, which debuted last year. The catalogue includes every piece of software that NASA built for itself, ranging from project management and inventory programs to design software for rockets and crewed spacecraft.


This Vacuum Chamber Looks Like Some Futuristic Spaceship Corridor

Huge vacuum chambers on Earth are crucial for building and testing spacecraft, so we explore further into space. The photo above is Vacuum Chamber 5, where electric propulsion and power systems are being tested at Glenn Research Center.


Being An Astronaut Looks Like Complicated Work

It’s perhaps a good job that most astronauts seems to be trained engineers and physicists — because a stay aboard the International Space requires the maintenance of some fairly complex equipment.


New Earth-Orbiting Microwave Gun Is Making Killer Maps Of Wind Dynamics

On May 10th, tropical storm Ana — the first named storm of this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season — made landfall along the USA’s Carolina coast. NASA scientists took the opportunity to observe the storm’s wind dynamics with one of their newest toys and produced this spectacular wind map while they were at it.


NASA Wants Your Help Figuring Out How To Build Space Habitats

If and when we send colonists to Mars and beyond, we’re going to need habitats unlike any we’ve built before. To encourage out-of-the box thinking, NASA and America Makes are kicking off a $US2.25 million dollar competition to design and build 3D printed space habitats.


The US Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane Is Going Into Orbit Again

If all goes well, the US Air Force’s mysterious X-37B will blast off into space for the fourth time on 20 May. But for the first time, they’re actually telling us what the space plane will be doing — well, some of it anyway.