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Deep Space Diet: Handling Hunger on Mars

July 6th, 2012

A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Cornell University are testing new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel. The university investigators have picked six volunteers to make up the crew of a simulated Mars mission. The mission is dubbed HI-SEAS. That stands for Hawaii Space Exploration […]

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Book Review: Rockets and People: The Moon Race (Volume IV)

March 24th, 2012

Rockets and People: The Moon Race (Volume IV) by Boris Chertok; NASA History Program Office; Washington, D.C.; Note: Available as free E-book (also Government Printing Office, Hard Cover); $79.00; 2012. This is the last volume of a four-volume set of memoirs by the Russian spacecraft designer, Boris Chertok. He worked under the former Soviet Union’s […]

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Satellite Imagery: Sun-spurred Storm Flung in Direction of Earth

January 25th, 2012

Talk about your sunny disposition! The Sun is brewing with activity following one of the longest and weakest periods of action in many cycles In late January 2012, our nearest star offered a preview of coming attractions in the solar maximum of 2012–13. The Sun-spurred storm has the potential to disrupt some communications and satellite […]

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Solar-sensational! New Video View – Anatomy of a Coronal Mass Ejection

August 19th, 2011

Scientists making use of NASA’s STEREO spacecraft have created the first detailed images of a three-day journey by solar wind that slams into the Earth at speeds up to a million miles per hour. Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the National Solar Observatory have developed the imagery taken during the Sun’s coronal mass […]

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Satellite Imagery of Arizona’s Raging Fires

June 19th, 2011

Satellite images are helping emergency managers fight the largest fire in Arizona history. For example, the Landsat 5 satellite has captured images of the raging fires. Landsat is a joint effort of both NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Both emergency managers and responders are using satellite data from a variety of instruments to […]

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Drilling on Mars: Space Solution to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill?

May 14th, 2010

Could drilling on the red planet offer some insight into dealing with that horrific, on-going saga of an oil spill off the Louisiana coast? A host of solutions are being reviewed to cut off spewing oil from 5,000 feet below sea-level. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has put together a blue-ribbon scientific team to offer advice […]

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