Space

New NASA Contest to Design and Build 3D-Printed Space Habitats

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May 19, 2015 - Another NASA challenge was launched on May 16th, this one called The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The goal to develop safe, sustainable off-world housing. Deadline to register is July 15th. Submission deadline is August 3rd.

Is NASA Worth It? - You Bet

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May 17, 2015 - If NASA were only about human space flight one could argue that this, to many on the planet, would seem an unnecessary expenditure considering the many challengies humanity faces. But NASA is far more than missions to the International Space Station, or a future voyage to Mars.

Traffic Cop Needed for Mars Orbiters

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May 6, 2015 - Managing the more than 1,000 satellites around our planet is becoming a colossal headache these days. And that doesn't include the tens of thousands of discarded objects and debris from launches (see image below).

 

Should NASA's Earth Science Budget Come from Crowdfunding?

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May 4, 2015 - The current United States House Committee on Science and Technology would rather have NASA get out of the science business and just focus on technology for human missions to space. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone considering the "I'm not a scientist" Senator Ted Cruz is at the helm.

New NASA Study Says Human Crews Going to Mars with Today's Technology Would Arrive Brain Damaged

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May 4, 2015 - Should this be a surprise to anyone who has studied radiation and its impact on living things? Conventional propulsion and shielding technologies will not cut it on a six-month voyage through Deep Space to Mars.

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Rocket Goes Electric

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April 26, 2015 - A battery-powered rocket? Who would have thunk it?

Well a combined U.S. and New Zealand defense research company, Rocket Lab, partially funded by DARPA and venture capitalists, has developed a rocket called the Electron.

 

What is a Cubesat and Why is NASA Interested in the Technology?

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April 13, 2015 - In the recent NextSTEP announcements at NASA two partners were awarded contracts for cubesat development.

NASA Invests in Commercial Partnership Projects Around Space Habitation

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April 10, 2015 - Part of NASA's recent NextSTEP announcement included the awarding of projects to a number of companies focused on developing habitats for Deep Space missions.

It Seems Earth is One of the Only Places Running Out of Freshwater

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April 8, 2015 - Water seems to be in the science headlines these days. We have NASA forecasting that California will be out of freshwater in a year while at the same time scientists report on the discovery of massive amounts of water in the form of extensive subsurface glaciers on Mars. What an interesting juxtaposition.

NASA Makes Investments in Deep Space Propulsion Technologies

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April 7, 2015 - NASA last week announced its NextSTEP 12 space technology commercial partnerships focused on helping to advance key technologies to move us here on Earth deeper into the cosmos. Each of the companies is receiving annual grants of between $400,000 and $3.5 million U.S.

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