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NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

If Sandra Bullock in Gravity proved anything, it's that George Clooney is smug even in space and that having an emergency exit back to Earth is probably a good thing. NASA is now working on the latter, with plans to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with a dedicated lifeboat for the first time in forty years, giving the orbiting crew there a place to not only shelter from incidents on the platform, but a way to escape it should something go seriously wrong.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands well, destroyed anyway

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands well, destroyed anyway

This afternoon, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed that they’ve had a successful soft-landing of their Booster rocket for their most recently launched Falcon 9 craft. Musk went on to note that "if all goes well, we’ll be able to land a stage at Cape Canaveral back by the end of the year. The landing of the booster rocket took place in the Atlantic - it was successful, but a storm has destroyed it.

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NASA ISS spacewalk a success: computer death fixed

NASA ISS spacewalk a success: computer death fixed

A relatively short spacewalk outside the International Space Station earlier today resulted in NASA astronauts repairing a dead computer. This particular computer system was critical to future missions, and the mission took less than an hour while original projections suggested it’d take between an hour and three hours.

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B612 says Earth avoids massive asteroids with “blind luck”

B612 says Earth avoids massive asteroids with “blind luck”

With Earth Day round the bend, you’d expect to hear some positive news regarding our planet and the celestial bodies that surround it; instead we have some not-so-good-news. According to former NASA astronauts, we're depending on "blind luck" when it comes to the asteroids avoiding our planet. Apparently we get hit three to ten times more by large-scale asteroids than what is being officially declared by the authorities, this information being brought forward by this trio of space-fairing fellows this week.

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SpaceX CRS-3 Falcon 9 launches for ISS resupply mission

SpaceX CRS-3 Falcon 9 launches for ISS resupply mission

SpaceX has successfully launched its CRS-3 Mission, the second attempt to send the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and further demonstrate the effectiveness of its reusable technology. The launch - scratched earlier in the week - will take a number of specialist devices and equipment to the ISS, including a new laser communication array, and high-resolution cameras which will give viewers new glimpse of Earth from orbit.

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NASA SPHERES with Project Tango integration head to ISS this summer

NASA SPHERES with Project Tango integration head to ISS this summer

Google unveiled its slick Project Tango 3D mapping system inside a prototype smartphone not long ago. We got to see what all the camera lenses inside the Project Tango smartphone looked like when iFixit performed a teardown of one of the smartphones recently. As cool as the hardware for Project Tango is, it's what Google's ATAP division is able to do with the data those cameras collect that is really interesting.

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SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

NASA's big news today is the first ever sighting of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone", but it's not the first time the Kepler Space Telescope has caught sight of a potentially intriguing distant rock. The space observatory has already cataloged almost 1,000 exoplanets spread across 76 different stellar systems, though Kepler-186f has the unique privilege of being the first "Earth cousin" spotted.

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