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Book Review: Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration

October 8th, 2014

Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration by W. Henry Lambright; Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland; $49.95 (hardcover); 2014. Wondering when humans will set boot on Mars? Author W. Henry Lambright has written an absorbing and detailed look at the long trail of robotic Mars exploration program from its origins to […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Name ExoWorlds Contest: Details Released

October 3rd, 2014

For the first time in history the public will be able to vote for the official name of stars and planets. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is inviting all public organizations with an interest in astronomy to register on the IAU Directory for World Astronomy website for the NameExoWorlds contest. Those participating can in early […]

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Windows on Earth – Take a Look!

September 29th, 2014

Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach. The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate  home planet Earth. Windows on Earth also operates software on the International Space Station,  as […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space

September 19th, 2014

It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers […]

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Comet Landing Spot Selected

September 15th, 2014

The European Space Agency has picked a spot for the Philae lander touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. According to ESA, Site J offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites. Site J is on the ‘head’ of the comet. The backup landing zone, […]

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Asteroid Exploration

Glug, Glug, Bubble, Bubble: Diving into Outer Space

September 8th, 2014

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known […]

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