Archive for the ‘Space Research’ Category

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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Space Station: High-value Drug Research

March 10th, 2014

Set for an upcoming ride to the International Space Station (ISS) are nearly a100 proteins to be used in crystallization studies – microgravity research that could lead to innovative methods of drug discovery. A SpaceX Falcon booster is to depart Florida on March 16, making a delivery run to the orbiting complex. The protein crystallization […]

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Book Review: X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age

March 9th, 2014

X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age by John Anderson and Richard Passman; Zenith Press/Quayside Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN.; Licensed by Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; $30.00 (hard cover); 2014. This account of the pioneering X-15 program (flying from 1959 into 1968) is a highly enjoyable […]

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