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It’s Alive! Comet Lander Ready for Action

March 28th, 2014

The Philae comet lander has been successfully reactivated and broke its planned radio silence by sending data to Earth on March 28. Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft — with the Philae lander on board — has been making its way through space since March 2004 to investigate Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. What exactly is to be expected on arrival […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

House Members Issue Bi-Partisan Call for Human Exploration Strategy Using Space Launch System, Orion

March 24th, 2014

A bi-partisan letter from 32 members of the U.S. House urges the White House to structure a “safe, focused and expeditious return of American astronauts to deep space exploration on an American rocket launched from American soil.” The lawmakers, led by Steven M. Palazzo, chair of the House Science Subcommittee, and Donna F. Edwards, the […]

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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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Virtual Microscope: Eye the Apollo Collection!

March 22nd, 2014

Want your own glimpse of Apollo 11’s grab and go samples from the Moon, in all 48 pounds (22 kilograms) of rock and soil specimens? This collection has been created through collaboration between The Open University in the United Kingdom and the NASA curation facility. You can now examine Apollo 11 thin sections using the Open […]

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Made in the Shade Idea: Imaging Exoplanets

March 21st, 2014

In the space scheme of things, often times nature suggests a solution. Take for instance a new approach for snagging images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The “made in the shade” concept takes on the appearance of a giant sunflower. Given the increasing number of planet detections, worlds orbiting other stars, how best […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Space Microbe “Selfies” Set to Fly

March 12th, 2014

Citizen science is blazing a trail into Earth orbit. Onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon capsule soon to be headed for the International Space Station (ISS) are microbes collected from across the United States. The effort is known as Project MERCCURI. It investigates how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to […]

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