Space

Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

The moon may be a mainstay of the night sky, but scientists believe they're one step closer to understanding where it came from with the help of new research into rock samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. Existing theories that a huge impact of an unknown planet with Earth billions of years ago spawned the debris that would later cluster to create the moon was believable, but discrepancies in the science had always left scientists scratching their heads.

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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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