Category Archives: Space

NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions

As reported on Engadget. by Mariella Moon Attention, scientists, hobbyists and anyone in between who can design a mean CubeSat, or a mini cube-like satellite, for space exploration: registration is now open for NASA’sCube Quest contest, and the agency’s giving … Continue reading

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Prototype NASA robot will burrow through sheets of alien ice

As reported on Engadget. BY DANIEL COOPER  When it came to life on Mars, NASA might have struck out, but it’s got a good feeling aboutEuropa. The agency is working on a probe designed to scan its vast oceans for signs of alien life, … Continue reading

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Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

As reported on The Verge. By Ellis Hamburger Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus? Sci News is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The … Continue reading

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Curiosity celebrates its first action-packed Martian year

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT  Curiosity feted its first Martian year on the red planet (687 earth days) with a stiched-up selfie while NASA reflected on the Mars rover’s triumphs and setbacks. So far, it has achieved most of … Continue reading

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Ten years ago, SpaceShipOne completed the first private flight into space

As reported on The Verge. By Dante D’Orazio Ten years ago today, SpaceShipOne and pilot Mike Melvill blasted just past the Earth’s atmosphere into space, marking beginning of commercial spaceflight. The Paul Allen-funded project successfully became the first privately-financed human spaceflight, … Continue reading

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Google reportedly wants in on Virgin Galactic’s space business

As reported on Engadget. BY MATT BRIAN Fresh from its $500 million acquisition of satellite imaging specialist Skybox, Google appears to be ready to make another space-related investment. Sky News reports that the search giant is in advanced talks to take a minority stake in Richard … Continue reading

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NASA readies Mars ‘flying saucer’ for risky hypersonic flight test

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT The wispy atmosphere of Mars is 99 percent thinner than Earth’s — not great for slowing down space ships or metorites. NASA’s testing a way to make it work, however, using a helium balloon, rockets … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic’s space flights cleared for US blastoff

As reported on Engadget. BY MATT BRIAN Virgin Galactic’s plans to charter its first space flights by the end of the year have been given another huge boost after it got the green light to begin planning launches. The company, which is now deep … Continue reading

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A bitter war between chimps in the 1970s might be explained with social networking software

As reported on The Verge. By Josh Lowensohn 43 years ago, a group of chimpanzees that were once living peacefully in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park suddenly split in two — one in the north area of the park, and the other … Continue reading

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The 13 billion-year evolution of the universe, crammed into a four-minute video

As reported on Engadget. BY MAT SMITH Now you’ve got the basics of the universe down, try a dreamy tour through 13 billion years of stars and the space between them all. That’s what Nature’s offering, courtesy of MIT and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center … Continue reading

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