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NASA collects all of its space photos into single image gallery

NASA collects all of its space photos into single image gallery

If your hobbies include browsing various space photos, NASA has just made your day. The agency has unveiled a huge photo library that features every photo from past to present, totaling up to over 138,000 images. Sources include photos taken by the Hubble, JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab), and missions including Apollo. Called the NASA Images collection, the gallery was built by Luna Imaging, and combines over 70 previous galleries into a single, searchable database.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft returns incredible pics of Dione

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft returns incredible pics of Dione

NASA's spacecraft Cassini has returned high-resolution and quite impressive images of Dione, Saturn's moon. The spacecraft took the images during its most recent flyby of the moon (earlier this week), and NASA has made them available as unprocessed RAW images, a more particular selection of which can be found at the CICLOPS website. This isn't the last we'll be getting images of Dione, though, as another flyby will be happening in a couple months with more imaging being planned.

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How Silver Ants use hair like NASA’s new heat shield tech

How Silver Ants use hair like NASA’s new heat shield tech

The Saharan Silver Ant is discovered to dissipate heat using shiny silver hairs covering its entire body. Norman Nan Shi, assistant professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, has shown that the hairs of the Saharan Silver Ant act like heat shields, not entirely unlike NASA's space suit materials being developed for use by firefighters here on Earth. These ants live in an environment which can get extremely hot, up to 70°C (158°F). To make due when they need to forage for food, they've developed a rather intense bit of natural resistance, making them as shiny as they are cool.

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NASA’s Europa mission passes first major review

NASA’s Europa mission passes first major review

NASA is hot to explore Europa, which is one of the moons orbiting Jupiter. The reason that Europa is such an interesting place to NASA is because it is believed to be one of the most likely places to find life outside of Earth. NASA has a mission concept for investigating Europa and that plan has successfully passed its first major review by the space agency.

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NASA high-temp materials for spacecraft may help save firefighters

NASA high-temp materials for spacecraft may help save firefighters

NASA research and technology often spills over into the civilian world as time goes by. Over the years, we have seen a number of products become very popular in the civilian world that originated with NASA such as hook and loop closure material and other stuff. NASA is working on new technology to protect spacecraft during the fiery reentry to Earth by layering different heat resistant materials.

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NASA spacecraft spots dust cloud around the moon

NASA spacecraft spots dust cloud around the moon

The moon — meaning our moon — has a cloud of dust around it described as lopsided, and it is confounding researchers. Apollo 15 and 17 crews had observed a glow around the moon that was thought to be due to dust, but this latest dust observation — which is thanks to NASA’s LADEE — is said to be different. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a spacecraft with a dedicated “dust instrument”, and it made its observations while on a low-altitude orbit mission.

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NASA shows off its first 4K ISS video

NASA shows off its first 4K ISS video

For decades, NASA has been big on getting normal, everyday Americans excited about space exploration and travel. One of the ways it gets the public involved with space is by releasing lots of beautiful photos and videos for people to check out. To make space look better to those interested enough in it to vote for elected officials that support giving NASA money for space exploration, NASA has always moved its video and photo technology along as technology progressed.

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NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA has announced that when it launches a stationary lander next year as part of its Mars effort, it will include a pair of CubeSats. This will mark the first time CubeSats have been flown into deep space, says the space agency, and a success will demonstrate that the technology is able to rapidly transmit data about the status of the primary spacecraft destined for Mars. The CubeSats were both built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and will fly independent of the InSight lander, which will land on Mars next September.

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NASA photographs Pluto: watch New Horizons approach

NASA photographs Pluto: watch New Horizons approach

Today NASA's New Horizons spacecraft presented a series of images beamed back from space as it moves close to Pluto. Closer than we've ever been before. This mission's images - attained between May 29th and June 2nd, show Pluto as a "complex world with very bright and very dark terrain." NASA suggests that these images "afford the best views ever obtained of the Pluto system." Below you'll see these images in their full glory - and NASA's provided links to RAW images as well, if that's what you're all about.

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Space Station trio land safe after 199 days in orbit

Space Station trio land safe after 199 days in orbit

A trio of crew members have returned from the International Space Station after 199 days spent in orbit, arriving back on our planet earlier today to mark an all around successful trip. The crew underwent medical tests of various sorts upon returning, including things like performing tasks, taking steps over obstacles, and tasks to test how well they can balance — all of which lends data to the space agency’s researchers regarding the effects of time spent in space on the human body.

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