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NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

Exercising is an important part of daily life, more so for astronauts than us gravity-bound folk. To ensure those aboard the International Space Station get exercise that is both extensive and of adequate quality, the space agency has developed a pair of sandals called ForceShoes that are able to measure load.

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Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

NASA's pogoing Morpheus spacecraft has been showing off its nighttime landing skills, putting Google's self-driving car to shame by showing how the unmanned pod could set down autonomously on a distant planet. The test was the first time Morpheus had used its self-piloting descent system at night, proving the technology would work even in situations where the surface of a planet or moon might not be visible to the naked eye.

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The Onion skewers NASA funding debacle

The Onion skewers NASA funding debacle

NASA's perpetual funding problems have been summed up satirically by The Onion, with the tongue-in-cheek article coming as the space agency renews its push to get more young people involved in STEM. Quoting made-up counsellors at NASA Space Camp, the satire news site plays on the constantly shrinking budget and how that has hamstrung projects and continues to dampen the possibility of things like manned missions to Mars.

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Astronomers WISE-up on hidden black holes and dark matter

Astronomers WISE-up on hidden black holes and dark matter

Astronomers are rethinking assumptions about black holes, after new evidence punctured holes in the so-called "doughnut" theory of their appearance. So far, scientists had believed the unified theory of active, supermassive black holes sufficiently explained why they could vary widely in how they looked, but results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have thrown that into disarray.

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Meteor Shower tonight could be super-dramatic says NASA

Meteor Shower tonight could be super-dramatic says NASA

A never-before-seen meteor shower could put on a dramatic show in the night sky tonight, NASA has advised, with the May Camelopardalids potentially featuring more than 200 meteors each hour. The result of periodic comet 209P/LINEAR, the predicted meteor shower is actually the result of a long-ago flyby in the 1800s, during which time it left streams of dust trailing it. Read on for how you could see it yourself.

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NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA's manned mission to Mars could take a MacGyver approach to the flight home, potentially relying on oxygen extracted from the red planet's own atmosphere to support crew both during the mission and on the return journey. Dubbed in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the strategy could mean a very different approach to mission design, particularly when it comes to the planned 2020 robotic rover NASA intends to send to Mars.

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