Space

NASA’s slightly better deal with Congress in 2015

NASA’s slightly better deal with Congress in 2015

This year NASA is getting about 1.23 billion dollars more from the US government than they did last year, which is good. It's not fantastic, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. This comes as news in the release of the 2016 omnibus spending bill, which gives NASA more money than the white house requested earlier this year.

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NASA Moon Rover ride-along

NASA Moon Rover ride-along

Earlier this month we were invited to the Johnson Space Center by NASA and Fox Home Entertainment, and there we were taken on a ride in the Mars rover. The rover isn't actually called "Mars rover" by its creators - its official name is "Space Exploration Vehicle" because of its intended purpose: any ol' planet will do. So will an asteroid. We're going to the moon, to Mars, and even (possibly) to an asteroid as it hurtles through space. As such, this is the vehicle astronauts will be riding in once they land. Much like The Martian.

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The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

If you're an astronaut, there's a good chance that you grew up watching sci-fi movies. You probably dreamed of soaring through the stars on the bridge of the Enterprise, or in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. So what happens when you actually shoot off into space two days before the next Star Wars movie comes out?

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NASA seeking applicants for its grueling astronaut candidate program

NASA seeking applicants for its grueling astronaut candidate program

In early November, NASA announced that it would start accepting new astronaut applications in mid-December. Right on schedule, the space agency has opened to receiving such applications, doing so in search for an “Astronaut Candidate.” A bunch of requirements are in place for prospective astronauts, not the least of which is citizenship in the United States (including those with a dual citizenship). Those selected will spend two years undergoing intense training.

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NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

EPIC stands for Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera and is one of the instruments that is affixed to the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory known as DSCOVR that sits about a million miles from Earth. EPIC is giving scientists on Earth a new way to view clouds, land, aerosols, and other items in our atmosphere.

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Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

This Christmas will bring a fairly rare celestial event, one that some will only see once in their lifetime: a holiday full moon. According to NASA, this will be the first full moon on Christmas since 1977, and the last one to happen until 2034. This particular event comes with a couple benefits, too: the weather has been unseasonably warm in many places thanks to a strong El Nino, and the moon’s peak size will happen at 6:11AM EST, so you won’t have to get up too early to see it.

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Hubble reveals “hot 10” Jupiter-like planets

Hubble reveals “hot 10” Jupiter-like planets

Bot the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope have been used to study a collection of 10 planets. Each of these planets is Jupiter-like. They look similar, but come in a wide array of different colors. Gasses are present, and heat - lots and lots of heat. Each orbits very close to its host star, making their study far more difficult than the average non-gas planet. The image you're seeing here is an artist's rendering of the hot 10 - in reality we're only able to see them in very, very tiny dots.

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NASA shows Pluto’s space weather and close-ups

NASA shows Pluto’s space weather and close-ups

NASA reveals a new collection of Pluto flyby photos and a gorgeous video showing space weather around the dwarf planet. Releases of this sort have been numerous over the past several months as NASA passed by Pluto back in July. Indeed since the moment the New Horizons mission passed closest to the dwarf planet, the public has been asking: where are the photos? Of course NASA has been releasing photos several times a week since then - and now come the close-ups.

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SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

It's been a few months now since Elon Musk's SpaceX has conducted one of its rocket launches, but that hiatus may finally be coming to an end. Musk revealed on Twitter today that they were planning to conduct another launch of their Falcon 9 rocket later this month, about three days after a static fire at Cape Canaveral on December 16th.

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NASA boosts 4K desires with NASA TV UHD

NASA boosts 4K desires with NASA TV UHD

Each time a new TV technology comes to market we end up with a chicken or the egg situation. Consumers don’t want to purchase 4K UHD TVs because there isn't much in the way of content to watch on them. Since consumers aren't buying many UHD TVs, content creators aren't keen on making content to support the resolution. NASA is stepping up to the plate and giving science and space fans a great reason to buy 4K.

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ISS receives cargo ship with 4 tons of food and supplies

ISS receives cargo ship with 4 tons of food and supplies

Things have gotten sparse on the International Space Station due to recent failed cargo launches. A couple days ago, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft launched with a payload destined for the ISS and, thankfully, did so without any issues. Now it has been announced the cargo ship was successfully docked at the space station.

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Ceres’ bright mystery spots are (probably) salt

Ceres’ bright mystery spots are (probably) salt

Earlier this year, NASA teased us with a mystery: very bright spots on the otherwise seemingly dim planet Ceres. Every month or so, NASA would publish a new image taken as its Dawn spacecraft grew closer. Soon, the mystery spot was clearly shown as two mystery spots, and not too long after that those two spots turned out to be many more smaller spots. All sorts of theories, official and unofficial, surfaced. Now NASA has an answer.

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