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NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA's "flying saucer" won't be taking to the skies today. with the trials of the distinctive circular craft intended for Mars postponed over weather concerns. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - colloquially known as the Martian Flying Saucer - was to finally test the atmospheric braking systems NASA hopes will allow it to safely deploy larger payloads, including human settlers, to the red planet. However, the path to such testing has not gone smoothly.

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NASA spaceship concept showcases warp drive future

NASA spaceship concept showcases warp drive future

Some people dream of the now, others of the future. NASA's Harold White is one of those who dreams of the future, working with a team at the space agency to develop a warp drive that can one day take spacecraft up to faster-than-light speeds. To showcase what this future spaceship might look like, he worked alongside artist Mark Rademaker to formulate an updated visual concept.

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NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA has caught a vast solar eruption - huge outpourings of energy from the sun, exploding at 1.5 million miles per hour - on camera in unprecedented detail, taking advantage of a new satellite. IRIS, or the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, was launched back in June 2013 on a mission to document activity in the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere, and the new footage - which you can see after the cut - is the first time it has spotted a coronal mass ejection.

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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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