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A Look At How NASA Tests Its Craft For The Deep Freeze Of Space

You’re looking at the James Webb Space Telescope as it’s lowered into NASA’s Goddard Thermal Vacuum Chamber. Inside the dark cavern, it is subjected to the same hostile environments as it will experience in space.


Comet C/2013 A1 Passed Mars Yesterday

Briefly: Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday. In fact, it passed closer to Mars than any comet has ever passed by Earth in recorded history — so scientists are excited to see what the craft orbiting Mars made of it. [SEN/Damian Peach]


A Future Air-Traffic Control System For Drones Could Use Mobile Phones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones or quadcopters as you’d prefer to call them, have certainly taken off in the last few years, which is great, if you love taking cool movies (or terrorising your neighbour’s dog). But it’s created a headache for the FAA, who have moved to regulate the infant industry and make low-flying aircraft controlled by amateur pilots safer. The latest proposal: an air-traffic control system based on cellular networks.


One Of Saturn's Moons Could Have A Subterranean Sea

NASA scientists have been taking a closer look at Saturn’s moon Mimas thanks to Cassini’s roving eyes, and they have made an interesting discovery: it could have an ocean of water beneath its surface.


Get Yourself A Personalised Boarding Pass For NASA's Orion Test Flight

True facts: You’re probably not going to be a Mars colonist. Heck, getting Moon-based habitats built and populated is going to be hard without factoring in your extra-terrestrial desires. You can, however, compromise by sending your name into the stratosphere, an opportunity NASA is providing with it’s upcoming Orion test flight.


How One Photographer Took Incredible Close-Ups Of Space Shuttle Launches

Shuttle launches are audacious displays of smoke, steam and a gigantic man-made vessel being thrust into space. Documenting in-the-moment details can be tricky — the press site for photographers is 5km from the pad itself. That just wasn’t close enough for Dan Winters.


Not Quite The Moon On A Stick, But Not Far Off

Briefly: This is Tethys, one of Saturn’s icy moons, from a perspective that makes it look like it’s stuck to the A and F rings of the planet. [NASA]


Raymond Loewy's NASA Designs Are The Space Future That Never Was

From 1967 until 1973 NASA employed the services of Raymond Loewy, a legendary figure in the design world. Loewy’s firm produced over 3000 designs for NASA during this time. And everything they produced for the space agency would fit perfectly in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — like the Loewy space taxi pictured above.


Beautiful Long Exposure Photo Of The Lunar Eclipse Rising Over China

Image Cache: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day is featuring this long exposure photo of the lunar eclipse rising over the city of Chongqing, China, captured by photographer Zhou Yannan on 8 October. The zooming tail effect as the Moon went out of the eclipse is fantastic.


NASA Will Use UAVs To Hunt Down Baby Forest Fires

Finding forest fires when they’re big is relatively easy — you can see them from space. Or, y’know, just follow the burning smell. But if firefighters can identify a burn when it’s just started, it’s obviously far easier to nip in the bud. Sounds like a job for our old friend Mr Drone.


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