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  • Kepler spacecraft
    Kepler spacecraft spots new 'super-Earth' 180 light years away
    NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has had quite a time over the last two years. Since 2009, the Kepler observatory has been floating through space taking a galactic census on Earth-like planets. The camera mounted on the Kepler is remarkably precise...
  • Astronaut Barry Wilmore holds a 3D printed ratcheting socket wrench
    NASA astronaut creates first 3D printed tool on the International Space Station
    NASA has installed a 3D printer on the International Space Station with a view of trying to find out how useful it will be for future deep space travelers. In November, the printer produced its first object, a part for itself with the logo &ldquo...
  • Venus
    NASA planning a floating zeppelin city on Venus
    Get your grey ash plants ready, NASA is planning a cloud city project for Venus, says IFLScience today. The plan, called High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC, would create a floating city above the clouds of the morning star buoyed by...
  •  the south pole of the planet Venus is seen in a false-color view provided by the Venus Express space probe April 12, 2006
    NASA's plans for Venus exploration include a 'cloud city'
    A Thursday story in SyFy’s Blastr reports on a proposal from a team at NASA to pursue a program to explore Venus, the second planet from the sun. The idea would not be to land on Venus, which is a hell world with an atmospheric pressure 90...
  • NASA's Kepler K2 mission
    NASA's Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback, discovers first exoplanet
    NASA's planet hunter, the Kepler spacecraft, has made a dramatic comeback on its K2 mission with the discovery of the first exoplanet. The discovery was in essence a byproduct of the repurposing of Kepler for K2, as engineers and astronomers...
  • Asteroid mission
    NASA to pick asteroid mission concept in early 2015
    NASA is evaluating two options for its future Asteroid Redirect Mission and plans to choose one of the concepts early next year, an agency official said Dec. 17.The first option would use a robotic spacecraft to capture a small, near-Earth...
  • X 51 Waverider
    NASA's scheme to lower the cost of space travel uses a rail gun and a scramjet
    Popular Science reported on Wednesday that NASA engineers have developed a concept for a launcher that may greatly reduce the cost of space travel. The scheme involves the use of a two mile long rail gun and a launch vehicle that contains a...
  • Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
    NASA reverses itself on methane and possible life on Mars
    Yesterday was a good day for those proposing that extraterrestrial life currently exists on Mars. In a Dec. 16 paper published in the journal Science, NASA says that significant methane levels were detected by the Curiosity Rover over a two month...
  • Lunar base
    How to return to the moon part 4: Selling it to the public
    The National Research Council found that while the public has generally favorable views toward space exploration and NASA, little support exists for increasing spending on space efforts like a return to the moon. Many politicians have concluded...
  • MAVEN
    Atmospheric loss on Mars being identified by MAVEN mission scientists
    Key features about the loss of Mars' atmosphere to space over time are beginning to be discovered using early data obtained by newest NASA orbiter.The NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission achieved orbit on Sept. 21 and...
  • Future Telescope
    NASA space telescope faces ‘challenges’
    NASA, which is building the James Webb Space Telescope to explore the universe, must overcome a host of technical hurdles to prepare the orbiting observatory for its October 2018 launch into space, a congressional watchdog agency said Dec. 15.The...
  • Flight research
    How to improve flight efficiency and aircraft noise
    There is still room for improvement in the flight research: NASA researchers Friday began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities...
  • Apollo 17 lunar rover
    42 years after the last moon walker, when will the next moon walk occur?
    42 years ago this Thursday, the lunar module of Apollo 17, the Challenger, touched down on the lunar surface in the Taurus-Littrow highlands. The anniversary of the last moon landing is causing a little bit of angst in the media. Time Magazine...
  • Nematode
    State-of-the-art hardware headed to the ISS
    The commercial SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will fly state-of-the-art hardware developed by the University of Colorado Boulder to the International Space Station (ISS) Dec. 19 to support experiments designed to better understand why the lethality of...
  • Orion Crew Module after splashdown
    NASA to get funding increase for FY2015, except for space technology development
    The details of the omnibus spending bill that will fund most of the government for the rest of the current fiscal year have been revealed. According to a Wednesday post on the Planetary Society blog, NASA is in for a small increase over the last...