Mars 2020: NASA

NASA’s new Mars rover doesn’t look finished

By on July 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

NASA’s new Mars rover doesn’t look finished

This is the final design for NASA’s newest Mars rover, which should be romping around the surface of our red neighbor. It’s packed full of technology, with bigger wheels to get around, and better cameras to look at things.

But in my highly uneducated, non-rocket-scientist opinion, it also looks like the engineers got 90% of the way there and said fuck it.

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NASA reveals the X-57, its electric plane project

By on June 20, 2016 at 6:10 PM.

NASA reveals the X-57, its electric plane project

An electric plane project is in the works at NASA, and the new aircraft is called the X-57. It’s an initiative the space agency hopes will demonstrate that electric-powered aviation can be environmentally friendly, quiet, and quick.

Made out of a modified Italian-designed plane, the X-57 will have a skinny wing with a total of 14 battery-powered motors, and because it won’t run on gas, it won’t produce exhaust from burnt fossil fuels. NASA said that having multiple small engines means the X-57 will need less energy to cruise at a speed of 175 mph.

And while traditional fuel-burning airplanes need to cruise slower than their maximum speed to be the most fuel-efficient, the space agency says that that isn’t the case with an electric-powered plane. More →

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Mars Close Approach 2016

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

By on May 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM.

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

If you’re looking for a fun activity to add to your Memorial Day plans, here’s an easy one: look up. According to NASA, Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth since 2005 on May 30th, coming within 46.8 million miles of our planet. More →

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Mercury Sun Transit Time Lapse Video

Watch NASA’s stunning time-lapse video of Mercury’s Sun transit

By on May 10, 2016 at 4:42 PM.

Watch NASA’s stunning time-lapse video of Mercury’s Sun transit

We witnessed a historical cosmic moment on Monday. Mercury, strolling along its orbit between the Earth and the Sun, appeared as a tiny black dot on top of our galaxy’s star. The entire 7.5-hour event was live streamed online, with NASA posting regular photo updates of Mercury’s transit. And now, you can relive the whole thing by watching a fantastic time-lapse video that condenses the 7.5-hour journey into a 2-minute video. More →

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NASA Mercury Sun Transit Livestream Photos

Live stream: Watch Mercury move past the surface of the Sun

By on May 9, 2016 at 1:07 PM.

Live stream: Watch Mercury move past the surface of the Sun

You don’t always get a chance to see Mercury, but thanks to NASA you’ll be able to get a unique view of the small planet as it passes in between the Earth and the sun. Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot on the surface of the Sun during this rare event, and you can watch it happen live.

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NASA Hubble 26th Birthday Video

NASA shares an incredible video of a star blowing a bubble for Hubble’s 26th birthday

By on April 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

NASA shares an incredible video of a star blowing a bubble for Hubble’s 26th birthday

In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th birthday, NASA astronomers have highlighted an image of a massive star blowing a bubble into space. The Bubble Nebula, as it is known, sits 7,100 light-years from Earth.

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NASA 4K Aurora Borealis Video

NASA’s Ultra HD footage of Aurora Borealis from space will improve your Monday

By on April 18, 2016 at 4:20 PM.

NASA’s Ultra HD footage of Aurora Borealis from space will improve your Monday

Late last year, NASA partnered with video delivery infrastructure company Harmonic to launch a non-commercial Ultra HD TV channel. NASA’s goal was to utilize the clarity and resolution of UHD to “showcase the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space,” which is exactly what it has done in a new feature.

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NASA Microsoft HoloLens Mars Exhibit

Microsoft’s HoloLens will soon let you simulate walking on Mars

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Microsoft’s HoloLens will soon let you simulate walking on Mars

Microsoft didn’t make too many splashy headlines during the opening of its Build conference on Wednesday but it did show off some really cool new technology related to both artificial intelligence and mixed reality platforms. When it comes to the latter, the company announced that it’s teaming up with NASA to create a new experience where people can take a virtual walk on Mars with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. More →

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Project Apollo 17

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

By on March 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM.

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes. More →

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NASA Soyuz Launch Live Stream

Watch live as NASA launches a crew of astronauts to the ISS today

By on March 18, 2016 at 5:02 PM.

Watch live as NASA launches a crew of astronauts to the ISS today

The next journey to the International Space Station is just hours away.

NASA announced last week that it would provide live coverage of an upcoming rocket launch to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will join cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos as they lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft on Friday, March 18th.

That day is here, and you can watch it happen live at 5:26 p.m. ET.

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Star Wars BB-8 NASA Photos

In pictures: Everyone’s favorite new ‘Star Wars’ robot visits NASA

By on March 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

In pictures: Everyone’s favorite new ‘Star Wars’ robot visits NASA

We’ve loved BB-8 ever since we first spotted him rolling around in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. The cute little robot is a clear hit with the crowds, and might grow to become even more popular than R2-D2 and C-3PO. He’s so cool that he even got the chance to visit NASA and play with the actual robot prototypes that the agency will use for space exploration missions.

Here are some pictures from this epic visit.

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