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NASA wants to drift two satellites for awesome space pics

NASA wants to drift two satellites for awesome space pics

A "virtual telescope" which owes its precision not to complex, high-strength optics but to precisely flying a pair of satellites in tandem and combining the data from each could help the hunt for Earth-like planets in the galaxy and even picture the event horizon of a black hole, NASA scientists suggest. Although space telescopes like Hubble have been operating for several decades, the new virtual telescope project will take a distinctively different approach, initially using two CubeSats - tiny satellites far cheaper and easier to launch, thanks to their compact and standardized design - that would each contribute a part of the overall vision process.

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NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

"In space, nobody can hear you scream." That tagline is growing less relevant by the day. We've heard sounds that were recorded deep in the ocean, and thanks to NASA's various efforts, we've heard sounds from outer space. Keeping track of these audio files isn't terribly simple, however, and so the next time you feel like firing up the sound of radio waves inside Earth's atmosphere at your next party, NASA wants to make sure you can do it hassle-free.

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NASA to live chat during Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

NASA to live chat during Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

Every year brings interesting celestial phenomenon, things that have been happening for eons and that continue on regardless. One total lunar eclipse has already taken place this year, and it was grand; if you missed it, however, there's still hope -- this coming Wednesday morning will have the year's second total lunar eclipse take place, lasting for a few or so hours, depending on where you're located. To prepare for this, NASA has collected some relevant data that will, among other things, let you know if you can see it from your spot on the planet.

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NASA’s drone airspace expert clamps down on enthusiasm

NASA’s drone airspace expert clamps down on enthusiasm

The drone expert leading NASA's air traffic control scheme for autonomous flying vehicles expects the first applications to begin "inside of the next year," though warns drone deliveries aren't likely to get anywhere near mainstream for another five years. Dr Parimal H. Kopardekar, who manages NASA's NextGen-Airspace Project, predicted that agricultural monitoring using drones is likely to be the first application to get the green-light, as concerns around autonomous and remote-control vehicle safety in urban environments continue.

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NASA approves “most powerful rocket in history”

NASA approves “most powerful rocket in history”

NASA has given the green light to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in history and the method by which the US space agency expects to take humans to Mars. Under development for the past three years, the SLS is the first exploration-class vehicle to make it to development stage since the Space Shuttle, with NASA targeting the first test flight by November 2018 at the latest.

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NASA’s first green fuel spacecraft figures out eco-power

NASA’s first green fuel spacecraft figures out eco-power

NASA is another step closer to blasting off its experimental "green" spacecraft, which switches traditional (and toxic) propellants with a safer, more efficient alternative that looks like peach tea. The Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) is expected to launch in 2016 as part of a SpaceX Falcon flight, beginning a year-long experiment into whether greener fuels could revolutionize exploration of the solar system.

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Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google's Project Tango has arrived at the International Space Station, with the 3D mapping smartphone prototype strapped to SPHERES smart internal satellite robots. The "Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites" are floating ball 'bots intended to navigate their way around the inside of space stations and, eventually, help astronauts with their everyday lives, and NASA hopes the addition of Tango tech will make them even smarter.

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