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Humans on Mars by 2033: New Poll Shows High Confidence

February 11th, 2013

A new national opinion poll has found a “Mars Generation” that’s confident humans will go to Mars by 2033. When told that there are currently two operational NASA rovers on Mars – the NASA Curiosity and Opportunity rovers — 67 percent of respondents agreed the U.S. should send both humans and robots to Mars, The […]

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Video Explores Overview Effect – Astronaut Perspectives of Earth and Space

January 26th, 2013

The “Overview Effect” was first described by author Frank White in 1987 – an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and humankind’s place upon it. A recently released short film — ‘Overview’ explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. A world premier of the 19-minute film […]

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New Free NASA Book Offers “Crash Course” in Orbital Debris

January 16th, 2013

What to do about human-made space junk? A first step is get up to speed on speeding orbital clutter! The NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) has made public release of Orbital Debris Management and Risk Mitigation, its first publication of NASA training materials using the iBook format. Orbital Debris Management & Risk […]

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Free Read! NASA Books Look Back, Gaze into the Future

December 27th, 2012

NASA has issued an impressive volume, just right for reading as the space agency encounters a new year. NASA at 50: Interviews with NASA’s Senior Leadership is edited by Rebecca Wright, Sandra Johnson, and Steven J. Dick. The 50th anniversary of NASA on 1 October 2008 found an agency in the midst of deep transition. […]

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New Tool for You! Turn Space Data into Infographics

October 27th, 2012

There’s a new website in space town! JPL Infographics is available to you, a way to transform NASA data into scientific works of art. The site provides extensive collections of NASA science and mission data, graphics and space images that users can download to create their own infographic. Your creative illustration can then be uploaded, […]

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Deflecting Asteroids: Smear Tactic!

October 26th, 2012

An incoming asteroid with Earth’s name on it…what to do is a constant concern of Near Earth Object experts. How about a volley or two of space-launched paintballs? Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says if timed just right, pellets full of paint powder, launched in two rounds […]

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