Mount St. Helens Space

These incredible GIFs show you what it looks like from space when a volcano erupts

By on October 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

These incredible GIFs show you what it looks like from space when a volcano erupts

In May 1980, the world gasped at the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which was one of the largest volcano eruptions in America in the past half-century. The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens had a significant impact on the weather and the surrounding landscape of the region for years. Most of us have only seen images from the ground, but now you can see what the incredible eruption looked like from space. More →

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NASA ISS HD Cameras

NASA is broadcasting breathtaking HD footage of Earth shot from the International Space Station

By on May 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

NASA is broadcasting breathtaking HD footage of Earth shot from the International Space Station

As of Wednesday morning, NASA has begun testing its most recent addition to the International Space Station: four HD cameras which will broadcast live from the exterior of the station on the agency’s Ustream page. This project was completed in cooperation with the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program in order to allow students to design camera components and help operate the experiment. More →

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How Asteroids Could Destroy The Earth

Research shows it’s ‘blind luck’ that asteroids haven’t destroyed a major city yet

By on April 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Research shows it’s ‘blind luck’ that asteroids haven’t destroyed a major city yet

Well, here’s something happy to think about as you head into the weekend. Phys.org brings us word that three former NASA astronauts are going to present new research next week showing that there have been 26 asteroid crashes since 2001 that have caused “atomic-bomb-scale explosions” that have fortunately been far away from major population centers. The research, which was conducted by the B612 Foundation, used data from a nuclear weapons warning network to measure the impact of major asteroid strikes on the Earth’s surface. More →

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NASA astronaut explains gravity in new Angry Bird Space teaser [video]

By on March 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM.

NASA astronaut explains gravity in new Angry Bird Space teaser [video]

Rovio on Thursday released a video featuring NASA astronaut and International Space Station flight engineer Don Pettit. In the video, Pettit explains microgravity with the help of characters from the popular Angry Birds franchise, even making a slingshot and firing a bird across the station. The fourth major Birds release is scheduled to land on Android, iOS, OSX and Windows on March 22nd. In “Angry Birds Space,” users will be flinging birds on zero gravity planets with new gameplay features such as slow-motion and lightspeed destruction. Rovio has previously confirmed that the game will feature completely new birds along with some of the originals, who now possess various super powers. Rovio’s video follows below. More →

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Chinese hackers seized control of NASA computers

By on March 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM.

Chinese hackers seized control of NASA computers

Hackers targeted NASA computers, successfully gained access to employee credentials, and took control of systems at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CNN reported on Friday. Paul K. Martin, the agency’s inspector general, cited one case in a report issued this week in which intruders from China-based IP addresses gained “full system access” to change or delete sensitive files and user accounts for “mission-critical” systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “In other words, the attackers had full functional control over these networks,” Martin said. In an earlier attack, hackers stole credentials of roughly 150 NASA employees. The agency reported that it was targeted with 47 “advanced persistent threats” in 2011, 13 of which successfully compromised NASA’s computers. Read on for more. More →

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LightSquared asks NASA for investigation into GPS advisory board

By on January 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

LightSquared asks NASA for investigation into GPS advisory board

LightSquared has asked NASA’s inspector general to investigate whether or not an advisor to federal agencies has conflicts of interest that make it unfair for him to determine whether or not LightSquared’s 4G LTE network interferes with GPS networks. The advisor was named as Bradford Parkinson, who works both as a vice chairman of Trimble Navigation, an industry board that advises federal agencies on GPS technology, and also as a Stanford University professor, The Wall Street Journal said Friday. “His involvement on both has been known by everyone involved since concerns of GPS interference by LightSquared were raised,” a GPS coalition spokesperson Dale Leibach told The Wall Street Journal. Read on for more. More →

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