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Gizmodo Visits NASA: What It Feels Like To Fly In A 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.


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]


The First 3D Printer In Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space.


NASA Built A Grappling Claw With Just Household Objects And LittleBits

There were plenty of engineering-themed toys on view at this weekend’s Toy and Game Fair in Chicago, but none of them came close to NASA’s contribution in terms of sheer cred. On hand at the fair were NASA reps who demonstrated a mechanism built from the agency’s new LittleBits kit.


Look At This Ball Of Molten Metal Levitating In Space

This is perfect sphere of liquid metal, suspended using a strong magnetic field so that it can levitate in space. Oh and it’s aboard the International Space Station.


Europa Remastered: This '90s Space Image Has Been Retouched By NASA

It’s not just old rock albums that get remastered when technology moves on. This image of Jupiter’s ice-covered moon, Europa, has just been given a revamp by scientists from NASA.


The Soyuz TMA-15M Rocket Launches From Kazakhstan

Briefly: The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just last night. The craft will carry three astronauts up to the International Space Station where they will undertake a five-and-a-half month mission. And install a coffee machine. [NASA]


Gizmodo Visits NASA: The Domes Where NASA Drives Spacecraft Of The Future

Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie “The Domes”. Step into one of them and suddenly you’re standing on the surface of Mars, or you’re flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learnt to fly, drive and design better space vehicles.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: Taking Virtual Reality To A Whole New Level

We’ve seen how NASA recreates the vacuum of space right here on Earth, but what about the gravity of space? What about the forces of inertia? When large objects move and behave so differently, how to you train for a mission so you know what to expect when you get there? Like this.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: Inside Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space On Earth

Inside Building 32 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness and design. It’s also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket.


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