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Monster Machines: NASA's Next-Generation Orion Space Capsule Is Ready For Riders

After a decade of development, NASA’s next-generation Orion crew module is finally complete! Now comes the hard part: ensuring that it actually works.


Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. This is how the uprising begins.


NASA Scans Through Vast Amounts Of Data By Converting It To Sound

NASA has a lot of satellites, and these satellites have collected months, if not years, of data that can take pretty much forever to sift through. But one clever idea is to turn the measurements of space into sound and speed it up; a month of data might be scanned audibly in all of 10 minutes.


An Asteroid Is Set To Skim By Earth On Monday

Keep your eyes peeled: a small asteroid called 2014 RC is set to skim past Earth, over New Zealand, on September 8. It should safely miss the planet — if calculations are correct.


NASA Is Making A Traffic Control System For Drones

NASA is not down with drones flying around town all willy-nilly and potentially electrocuting North West. The space agency is developing an air traffic control network near Moffat Field, California for unmanned aircrafts at 400 to 500 feet meant to put regulations in place.


Just Look At This Majestic Image Of Light And Dark In Our Universe.

Image Cache: Just look at this majestic image of light and dark in our Universe. The latest image from the Hubble Space Telescope, it shows young stellar objects, a number of bright stars and a reflection of the nebula known as [B77] 63. Ain’t it pretty. [ESA]


Monster Machines: NASA Approves Construction Of The World's Most Powerful Rocket

For all the super-cool and otherworldly space vehicle and satellite concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a very small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line. But the next generation Space Launch System is now part of that select few, having completed NASA’s rigorous review process and been found worthy of actual development.


More Photos, Video Of Discovery's Retirement

Briefly: I live about 13km from the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center on the grounds of Dulles International Airport. I was there when Discovery arrived and I got this picture. I was also there when they rolled it in nose-to-nose with Enterprise, which it replaced.


Happy (Belated) 30th Birthday To Discovery, NASA's Greatest Space Shuttle

On 30 August, 1984, the space shuttle Discovery launched on its first voyage to space. It wasn’t the first, but over the next 27 years it became the undeniable king of NASA’s shuttle program.


NASA Will Reformat Mars Rover From 200 Million Kilometres Away

NASA’s Opportunity rover is still trundling across the surface of Mars, more than 11 years after its 90-day mission began. But its software is getting bogged down, so NASA’s doing a full system backup, memory wipe and reboot. It’s just like your routine computer clean-up, just from the next planet over.


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