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Greenhouses Headed for Orbit: Spin Control for Moon, Mars Tomatoes

May 2nd, 2014

It’s called the Euglena and Combined Regenerative Organic-Food Production in Space) mission – or Eu:CROPIS for short. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is readying two greenhouses for launch in 2016, both contained within a 250-kilogram lightweight satellite. Once in Earth orbit, the spacecraft is designed to rotate around its longitudinal axis In doing so, it […]

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Earth Day: Asteroid Impacts on our Home Planet

April 22nd, 2014

Prominent astronauts are taking part in a B612 Foundation event today at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. They are spotlighting data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The findings are based on newly released information from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which operates a network of […]

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Food Crops for a Red Planet?

April 15th, 2014

Vegetables for a Red Planet? That is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR – a university and research center in The Netherlands that focuses specifically on the theme “healthy food and living environment.” The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops, Wamelink reports, and he […]

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FY-Eye! Impressive Satellite View of U.S. Land-Surface

April 7th, 2014

The most comprehensive satellite-gleaned view of land-surface conditions from coast to coast in the conterminous United States is an eye-opener! Just issued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this latest look-see shows land-surface conditions from coast to coast, showing the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database […]

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Attention: Passengers of Planet Earth – Your Selfie Wanted!

April 5th, 2014

Want to take part in a worldwide celebration of this year’s Earth Day? NASA is inviting all passengers on our planet to take part in a “Global Selfie” event. For Earth Day – celebrated on April 22 – NASA is trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a […]

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Asteroid Exploration

NASA’s Strategic Plan 2014 Released

March 24th, 2014

NASA has released its 2014 Strategic Plan, with the space agency’s Office of Strategy Formulation identified as the responsible office. “Our long-term goal is to send humans to Mars. Over the next two decades, we will develop and demonstrate the technologies and capabilities needed to send humans to explore the red planet and safely return […]

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