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NASA’s ICON Explores the Boundary Between Earth and Space


Portal origin URL: NASA’s ICON Explores the Boundary Between Earth and SpacePortal origin nid: 411732Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: On Dec. 8, 2017, NASA launches the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, a low-Earth orbiting satellite that will give us new information about how Earth's atmosphere interacts with near-Earth space.Portal image: illustration of ICONScience Categories: Sun

Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons


Portal origin URL: Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian MoonsPortal origin nid: 409413Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study.Portal image: Phobos imageScience Categories: Sun

NASA’s Hubble Studies Source of Gravitational Waves


On Aug. 17, 2017, weak ripples in the fabric of space-time known as gravitational waves washed over Earth. Unlike previously detected gravitational waves, these were accompanied by light, allowing astronomers to pinpoint the source. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope turned its powerful gaze onto the new beacon, obtaining both images and spectra. The resulting data will help reveal details of the titanic collision that created the gravitational waves, and its aftermath.

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How Fit Will Astronauts Be After Years in Space?

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After spending months or years in space during future long-term missions, returning to Earth can be challenging for astronauts — and one set of researchers is finding out just how challenging using a life-size spacecraft model.

'Women of NASA' Lego Set to Launch for Sale Nov. 1

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Four trailblazing figures from NASA's history are set to launch as new Lego minifigures. As-tronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as programmer Margaret Hamilton and astrono-mer Nancy Grace Roman, feature in the Lego Ideas set, "Women of NASA."

3D Printers: A Revolutionary Frontier for Medicine

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Mission control on earth receives an urgent communication from Mars that an astronaut has fractured his shinbone. Using a handheld scanning device, the crew takes images of his damaged tibia and transmits them to earth.

The Future of Space Is Coming…'Soonish'

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In their new book "Soonish" (Penguin Press, 2017), out today (Oct. 17), Kelly and Zach Weinersmith dig into 10 realms of future technology to see which will survive, which will likely flounder and which could change (or ruin) everything.


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