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When space travel is a blur

6 days ago

Canadian scientists are working on a new way to measure the mechanics of the human eye to better…
Space travel can make the gut leaky

November 27, 2019

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can enter our gut through the food we eat. Fortunately, the epithelial cells that…
If Astronauts Hibernated on Long Journeys, They’d Need Smaller Spacecraft

November 19, 2019

There’s a disturbing lack of hibernation in our space-faring plans. In movies and books, astronauts pop in and…
Just How Feasible is a Warp Drive?

September 25, 2019

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the…
Martian Gravity

July 22, 2019

Fifty years ago this month, the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon, and the first human being…
A glimpse of the Deep Space Atomic Clock in the middle bay of the General Atomics Orbital Test Bed spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA
What Is an Atomic Clock?

June 20, 2019

The clock is ticking: A technology demonstration that could transform the way humans explore space is nearing its…
How an Atomic Clock Will Get Humans to Mars on Time

June 15, 2019

NASA navigators are helping build a future where spacecraft could safely and autonomously fly themselves to destinations like…
NASA Spacecraft to use ‘Green’ Fuel for the First Time

June 11, 2019

A non-toxic, rosé-colored liquid could fuel the future in space and propel missions to the Moon or other…
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First iterations of space-traveling ‘wafercraft’

May 10, 2019

These are the journeys of the “StarChip Wafersize.” UC Santa Barbara students sent up, via balloon, a prototype…
NASA Invests in Potentially Revolutionary Tech Concepts

April 11, 2019

Smart spacesuits and solar surfing may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are just two…
Discovery of Severe Psychological Impairment due to Space Travel Brings Mission to Mars into Question

February 22, 2019

While most of the talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, which took place…
NASA is Aboard First Private Moon Landing Attempt

February 22, 2019

The last screw is tightened and a private Moon lander is packed in the fairing atop a SpaceX…
Artist’s concept of a human landing system and its crew on the lunar surface with Earth near the horizon. Credits: NASA
NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

February 8, 2019

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans…
Nuclear—Deep space travel

January 8, 2019

By automating the production of neptunium oxide-aluminum pellets, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have eliminated a key bottleneck…
Four NASA-Sponsored Experiments Set to Launch on Virgin Galactic Spacecraft

December 13, 2018

A winged spacecraft will soon take off with four NASA-supported technology experiments onboard. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will separate…
NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign to Return to Moon, on to Mars

September 27, 2018

In December of 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1, in which the president directed NASA “to…
Exploring the Solar System? You May Need to Pack an Umbrella

September 12, 2018

Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA’s Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella.…
NASA Interns Develop and Release Navigation Software Simulating Star Tracker Navigation

July 30, 2018

Interning at NASA puts students at the center of innovation and discovery. For two students at NASA’s Marshall…
Pros and Cons of Various Methods of Interstellar Travel

May 15, 2018

It’s a staple of science fiction, and something many people have fantasized about at one time or another:…
Surviving the Inferno of Entry, Descent and Landing

May 4, 2018

Anticipation is building as preparations are well underway for the launch of NASA’s next Mars mission, InSight. But…
Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

May 3, 2018

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power…
Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun

March 7, 2018

Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the…
Waterbeds simulate weightlessness to help Skinsuits combat back pain in space

February 22, 2018

Astronauts tend to become taller in weightlessness – causing back pain and making it difficult to fit into…
Structural Testing Complete on SLS Core Stage Powerhouse

February 6, 2018

After numerous tests using millions of pounds of force, engineers have successfully completed structural qualification testing on the…
Planting oxygen

December 16, 2017

When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have – especially in the harsh environment…
NASA Funds Flight for Space Medical Technology on Blue Origin

December 14, 2017

Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable space vehicle on Dec. 12 carrying a medical technology that…
Bold Space Travel

August 29, 2017

Transforming science fiction to reality, physics professor Philip Lubin is creating a laser-cannon system to propel miniature spaceships…
Traveling to Mars Will Wreak Havoc on Our Bodies – Can We Prevent It?

July 26, 2017

As humans prepare to venture deeper into outer space, including potential trips to Mars, researchers are hard at…
NASA Says AI Will Lead the Future of Space Exploration

July 12, 2017

Space is the final frontier. NASA doesn’t yet have the technology to send humans all over the universe…
How long would it take to reach a stationary orbit around nearest stars?

May 3, 2017

Nobody doubts: getting there physically would be much more interesting than observing stars and exoplanets through distant observations.…
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