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NASA's About To Release A Mother Lode Of Free Software

If you’ve been thinking about getting started on the rocket project that’s been on your mind for ages, now is a good time to get serious. Next week, NASA will release a massive software catalogue with over 1000 projects. It’s not the first time the space agency’s released code, but it is the first time they have made it so easy.


NASA Has One More Chance To Explain Bizarre Glow On Moon's Horizon

Later this month, a NASA spacecraft will get one last chance to solve the mystery of the strange “horizon glow” seen on the moon. Scientists think the glow is caused by tiny particles of moon dust catching the sun’s ultraviolet rays, becoming electrically charged, and then shooting upwards. But they don’t know for sure.


Report: NASA Cuts All Non-ISS Ties With Russia Over Ukraine

In an internal memo, NASA has stated that it will suspend all interaction with the Russian government, in response to Russia’s violations of Ukraine’s territorial independence. Fortunately for US astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, both currently orbiting on the International Space Station, the two agencies will still cooperate to transport supplies and personnel to and from the ISS.


The US Grows The Most Productive Plants In The World, Says NASA

Remember learning about America’s “amber waves of grain?” Well, it turns out that the United States’ bread basket — a.k.a., the Corn Belt — is even more productive than previously thought. In fact, during its growing season, it’s the most productive land on Earth, according to new NASA data.


This Super Cargo Plane Carries NASA's Biggest Loads

When NASA needs to ship its outsized spacecraft components between production, testing, and launch facilities around the country, there is only one plane big enough, powerful enough, and — most importantly — wide enough to do the job: the Aero Spacelines Super Guppy.


The Human Heart May Not Be Able To Handle The Trip To Mars

Anyone dreaming of casting off the shackles of Earth for the microgravity wasteland of Mars is in for some (more) bad news. In addition to a host of other problems, the necessary 18-month spaceflight would, apparently, lead to one very unhealthy (and spherical) astronaut heart.


All The U.S. Winter Storms Of 2014 In One NASA Time-lapse Video

NASA has released this compilation video of all the winter storms as seen from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite, so we can get a bird’s eye view of what’s been wreaking all that havoc over there.


Facebook's Drone Plan To Give Internet To All

In its quest to get the whole world online, Facebook’s Internet.org project has included partnerships with companies like Samsung and Nokia, as well as with NASA. Now it seems that rumours about Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook drone dreams are true, and the social network giant is planning on internet-delivering drones, satellites, and even lasers. Here’s our first look at how that might take shape.


Video: How NASA Will Assemble And Launch Its New Manned Space Fleet

NASA has finalised the “the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program” that will build and launch their new manned spacecraft fleet. They made a fascinating technical video that shows how they will assemble and launch “different spacecraft and rockets in development for human exploration.”


You Can Decide What NASA's Next Spacesuit Prototype Will Look Like

The Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in the Z-series, NASA’s next-generation spacesuit platform. After creating the Z-1 prototype, the U.S. space agency wants you to get involved to the development process, because they have three quite different design concepts — and, some times, professionals need a little help.