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NASA's New Orbiter Will Watch Plants Photosynthesise From Space

For the last 25 years, scientists have been able to monitor the “greenness” of trees from space and use that as a tool for evaluating plant health. The problem is that greenness isn’t a good indicator for stresses — such as drought — because some trees (think pines) continue to be a lovely green until they’re dead. Researchers are thus turning to a new indicator: the way plants glow.


7 Reasons Curiosity Is The Baddest Rover Ever

While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to perfect the rover’s software and reevaluate its capabilities. The tests answered critical questions like, “Can it go over that big rock?”


The Beautiful Video Game That Drives NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

Curiosity has landed. It survived the seven minutes of terror and safely touched down on the surface of Mars. Now it needs a way to move around. Anyone who has ever played Lunar Lander and Moon Patrol already knows how they’re going to do this: video games.


The Lens We'll Look Through To Find A New Earth

We have heard a lot about exoplanets in the past year. But for all the talk about these planets, which orbit a star other than our sun, we still haven’t actually seen one.


How NASA Brings Space To Life On Earth

Numbers, facts, figures, equations. These are all obviously critical components of the space program. But numbers don’t speak to our emotions. It’s hard to commit millions of dollars and thousand of hours to an equation. We need something visceral that we can connect to.


This Is The Centre Of The Universe: NASA's Deep-Space Command Central

Through technology, we’ve developed the ability to reach out into the distant corners of the universe. Rovers, orbiters and deep-space probes. But regardless of how far away from us they extend, they all reach from a single point of origin: Earth.


The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions Of Lives

There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can’t exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin’ by?


How To Land A Plane That's Missing Half A Wing

It’s time to talk about the second letter in NASA: Aeronautics. Yes, NASA does mind-blowing things in outer space, but they also want you to get to your family reunion in one piece. NASA is making planes smarter.


This Is How Spaceships Are Born

Have you ever wondered how the hell spaceships get made? I mean, how does something like the six-legged ATHLETE rover go from an engineering fantasy into an actual working thing?


This Is NASA's Cancer-Sniffing Mobile Phone Sensor

What if you could use your phone to test the air for toxins? What if you could monitor your health simply by blowing on it? Sounds amazing, right? Nanosensor technology developed by NASA Ames is going to make that a reality.


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