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Benefits of Space Exploration

NASA’s X1 Suits Up for Missions on Earth as Well as in Space

October 17th, 2012

    Space technology can be as much about improving life on Earth as exploring new worlds. Robonaut 2, the first humanoid in space and a joint effort between NASA and automaker GM, has been living aboard the International Space Station for more than a year. There, engineers are exploring ways to make interactions between […]

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Saturn’s Titan: A World of Surprises

September 28th, 2012

Saturn’s moon Titan provides the best opportunity to study conditions very similar to Earth – in terms of climate, meteorology and astrobiology. That’s the observation from Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France. The scientist is presenting this perspective today at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid. Titan is a “unique world on […]

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Sagan Planet Walk: Down-to-Earth Cosmic Scale

September 26th, 2012

How best to put the distance between the Sun and the nearest star in perspective? Now the world’s largest exhibition – extending from New York to Hawaii – is to do just that and will be dedicated this week. The exhibition is named after the late Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan. Called the Sagan Planet Walk […]

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Astronaut Warning System for Outbursts from the Sun

July 13th, 2012

The Sun is acting up again! A huge coronal mass ejection on the Sun was recorded on July 12. Forecasters expect the cloud of energetic particles to arrive at Earth on July 14th. Its impact could spark moderate to severe geomagnetic storms, allowing auroras to be seen at lower latitudes than usual. Then on July […]

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Mission to a Star: NASA’s Solar Probe Plus

March 14th, 2012

Given all that recent solar storm activity that the Sun has been tossing at the Earth – it’s time for space researchers to hurl something toward the Sun! A Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) team is developing NASA’s Solar Probe Plus – a spacecraft that will make the closest-ever flights past the Sun. […]

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