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A new home on Mars: NASA Langley’s icy concept for living on Red Planet

Posted December 30, 2016 by

When astronauts set foot on Mars, they may stay for months rather than days as they did during Apollo missions to the moon.

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Science launching to space station looks forward, back

Posted May 16, 2018 by

Some of the earliest human explorers used mechanical tools called sextants to navigate vast oceans and discover new lands. Today, high-tech tools navigate microscopic DNA to discover previously unidentified organisms. Scientists aboard the International Space Station soon will have both types of tools at their disposal.

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X-plane preliminary design model tests quiet supersonic technology

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Chris Giersch Samantha O’Flaherty, Test Engineer for Jacobs Technology Inc., finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Over the next several weeks, engineers will conduct aerodynamic tests on the 15% scale model and…

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NASA opens $2 million third phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

Posted November 8, 2017 by

Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won’t be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges…

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SOFIA indicates star eruptions create, scatter elements with earth-like composition

Posted March 18, 2016 by

Observations made with NASA’s flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy indicate that nova eruptions create elements that can form rocky planets, much like Earth.

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NASA selects educators to fly with astronomers on SOFIA

Posted March 18, 2016 by

NASA has selected 11 educator teams for its 2016 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program is a professional development opportunity for educators designed to improve teaching methods and to inspire students. As part of the preparation, the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors complete a graduate credit astronomy course and are partnered with professional astronomers to participate as…

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NASA uploads app for Apple TV

Posted June 22, 2016 by

Apple TV? There’s a NASA app for that. The agency released July 21 its popular NASA app for a new platform, the fourth-generation Apple TV. This version joins the app’s other versions available for iOS in iPhone and iPad versions, Android and Fire OS. The NASA app has been downloaded more than 17 million times…

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NASA picks up where it left off in 2017, tests RS-25 flight controller

Posted January 19, 2018 by

NASA engineers picked up this year where they left off in 2017, conducting a certification test of another RS-25 engine flight controller on Jan. 16, 2018, on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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NASA eyes highly versatile carbon-nanotube technology for different spaceflight applications

Posted May 11, 2018 by

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

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NASA completes welding of LOX tank for first SLS flight

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System deep space rocket. The liquid oxygen flight tank was recently built in the Vertical Assembly Center robotic welder at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. After the liquid oxygen…

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