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CAT Scanning Asteroids: Planetary Defense, Space Mining Benefits

September 5th, 2014

A nasty asteroid headed toward Earth is on a collision course – how best to protect our home turf? First of all, knowing its density and structure is important. Is it a rubble pile, solid as rock, Swiss cheese, has a core, or something else? With that information in hand, dealing with the threatening object […]

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Citizen Forums on Asteroids – You’re Invited!

September 1st, 2014

Can we protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts? What do we do if we find an asteroid that threatens Earth? How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? These kind of provocative questions deserve public participation…and now you can take part in the dialogue. Innovative project Thanks to an innovative project between NASA and a […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Back in Space! Astronaut Ultrasound Technology for the Spine

August 15th, 2014

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has funded a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain. Thanks to a partnership with the private sector, the idea is to accelerate the development of commercially promising products meeting a medical need in space…as well as on […]

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Mars Rover: Dealing with Wheel Wear and Tear

June 25th, 2014

Engineers on Earth are trying to get a little traction about wheels on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover is showing wheel “wear and tear” that engineers did not expect this early into the mission. Getting to Mount Sharp is a priority, but the robot has had to adjust its driving to compensate for the wheel damage. […]

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Book Review: 2013-14 State of the Future

May 24th, 2014

2013-14 State of the Future by Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, and Elizabeth Florescu; The Millennium Project, Washington, D.C.; $39.95 US + shipping (soft cover); 2014. “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” said baseball great, Yogi Berra. However, you can get a big assist in foretelling what’s ahead by reading an […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Viewing Earth in High Definition

May 3rd, 2014

A new treat for the eye is available via NASA’s High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment. Recently activated, the HD cameras are situated on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). The HDEV experiment yields live streaming video of Earth for viewing online. High school students helped design some of the cameras’ components, through […]

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