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Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

NASA's Mars rover has provided humans with a slew of images from the Red Planet and you can freely search through them if you have the free time. That's exactly what some people do, analyzing hundreds of Mars images in search of oddities. Some of those oddities have resulted in big conspiracy theories, but perhaps none are so intriguing as the "metal balls" spotted in some Mars photos.

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Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers from a company called Draper have created a way for astronauts to avoid being lost in space no matter how disoriented they become. The researchers have created a "fool-proof way to return to the spacecraft" according to Kevin Duda, a space systems engineer at the company. Duda and his team have studied astronauts on the ISS and filed for a patent for a system that ensures self-return too the spacecraft even when no one is available to rescue them.

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ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

The International Space Station crew recently made some pizzas in microgravity, filming the fun for everyone on Earth to enjoy. It's a pizza night unlike any other, involving assembling pizzas while the ingredients try to float away. If that sounds like fun, just watch the video they shared: the completed pizzas are tossed past a camera, where they slowly float in the microgravity environment, their ingredients held on by sauce.

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Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Considering how the odds were stacked against it, Voyager 1’s new lease on life, even if just three years at most, is nothing short of a miracle. The spacecraft has been traveling space for 40 years and, since 2012, has left our solar system, becoming the first and so far only man-made interstellar object. So when crucial parts of it start failing, there is almost no hope. Fortunately, Voyager 1 seems to refuse to give up the ghost and its backup thrusters have been successfully fired up, even after being left unused for 37 years.

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NASA reinvents the wheel

NASA reinvents the wheel

Next time someone chides you for wasting your time reinventing the wheel, tell them that the smart folks at NASA did it too. Of course, they didn’t as much as reinvent the wheel as they made a new kind of wheel. The space agency, of course, has been toying with all sorts of new wheels that would let its machines and future human explorers safely and comfortably, as much as they can, across the moon, Mars, and beyond. And NASA might have finally found an answer in the form of a deforming and compliant tire made of springs memory alloy springs.

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Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Following Anheuser-Busch's previous announcement about brewing beer on Mars comes an update that'll actually get the project started. The company has revealed that it will send barley to the International Space Station early next month for a series of experiments in space. This will help the company understand how microgravity affects the ingredients used to make Budweiser beer.

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NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

Drone racing is a sport that is demanding of pilots. The person flying the drone must be paying attention and have fast reflexes to avoid crashing into obstacles or other drones. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is racing drones pitting human pilots against an AI to see who's better.

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Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars photos show an interesting landscape feature: dark streaks that appear to show flowing movement, which some thought may be water. A new study says that is probably not the case, though, instead being more likely attributed to dry flow processes. This is based in part on assessments made with the Mars orbiter's telescopic camera. That's bad news in the hunt for microbes, unfortunately.

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Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise. A new simulation from NASA highlights how big this potential problem is, showing what could happen to 293 coastal cities around the world over the next 100 years. Among the observed changes are severe flooding to big locations like New York City and London.

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Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Sierra Nevada Corp. has announced that it has concluded its first successful atmospheric glide test. The Dream Chaser spacecraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday. The successful glide test was able to verify the spacecraft handling qualities and guidance systems before the spacecraft can move on to the next round of testing.

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Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber is working with NASA to develop software for managing low-altitude air taxis, potentially opening the door for a future where people can travel short distances in the air rather than on the ground. In addition, Uber is planning to test a flying taxi service of some sort in Los Angeles in a couple years, introducing an alternative to both traditional air and ground travel.

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NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA is working on the next rover that will cruise around the surface of Mars taking scientific measurements and generally checking out what the Red Planet has to offer. The rover is called the 2020 Mars rover and it will have some nice upgrades compared to the rover on Mars right now called Curiosity. Namely, the 2020 Mars rover will have 23 different cameras.

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