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New Study: Chipping Away at the Moon’s Ice Resource

May 19th, 2014

Future Moon exploration and exploitation of lunar ice can benefit greatly by the use of a range of small satellites, according to a new study. Furthermore, university involvement will be essential to rein in costs. The research findings are contained in the report – “New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping” – sponsored by […]

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Book Review: Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success

May 15th, 2014

Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success by Rod Pyle; McGraw Hill, New York, New York; $30.00 (hard cover); 2014. Author Rod Pyle has taken an up-close look at NASA’s on-going ability to innovate, be it during the Apollo program, flying the Voyager spacecraft, building the International Space Station, […]

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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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Humans on Mars: These are the Brakes

April 12th, 2014

If larger and larger payloads – including human habitats – are to set down safely on Mars, new atmospheric reentry technologies are required. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is deep into cutting-edge and crosscutting demonstration flights of hardware to land hefty payloads on the Red Planet. The work is being done under NASA’s Low Density […]

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Super Planet Crash: Educational Game for World Builders

April 9th, 2014

Let the games begin! A new online educational resource allows the user to build their own planetary system, putting planets into orbit around a star and racking up points until they add a planet that destabilizes the whole system. The game is an offshoot of the open-source software package – Systemic Console — astronomers use […]

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