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Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its all-important launch escape system

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its all-important launch escape system

SpaceX has released video of one of its latest Crew Dragon test, with the spacecraft's launch escape system put through its paces should an emergency abort be required. Undertaken back in mid-January, the testing focused on one of the most important safety systems the spacecraft will feature, designed to whisk astronauts out of harm's way in case of something like a Falcon 9 explosion.

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NASA space laser mapped ice loss over the last 16 years

NASA space laser mapped ice loss over the last 16 years

NASA has been making observations of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets for the last 16 years. The tool NASA has been using is the most advanced earth-observing laser instrument it's ever placed in space known as the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2) launched in 2018 combined with measurements taken by the original ICESat that launched in 2003 and operated through 2009. Researchers found that the small amounts of ice gain in East Antarctica have been dwarfed by massive ice losses in West Antarctica.

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NASA JPL’s VITAL ventilator has just been approved by the FDA

NASA JPL’s VITAL ventilator has just been approved by the FDA

Although testing positive for COVID-19 isn't exactly a death sentence, one of the biggest hindrances in keeping patients alive is the lack of equipment, specifically ventilators. Countries and manufacturers have been scrambling to keep up with the sudden spike in demand for these life-saving machines. Fortunately, manufacturers from other industries have also jumped in to help compensate for the limited supply, just like this NASA-developed ventilator that just got the green light for emergency use in the US.

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NASA reveals its three Artemis 2024 Moon lander firms

NASA reveals its three Artemis 2024 Moon lander firms

NASA's three picks for human landing systems for the Artemis program have been confirmed, a shortlist for the system which will land US astronauts on the Moon by 2024. The candidate systems each have ten months to demonstrate they're worthy for the next round of the process. Conspicuously absent from the final three, however, is Boeing.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets its official name – and it’s perfect

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets its official name – and it’s perfect

NASA's Mars Helicopter has been given its name, as the cuboid aircraft prepares to hitch a ride to the red planet with the new Perseverance rover. Set to make the first powered flight on another planet, the helicopter will be used to gain new aerial insights into the Martian surface over the course of a Mars month.

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NASA’s Lunar Flashlight will search out ice in dark moon craters

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight will search out ice in dark moon craters

NASA is gearing up to send astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program. One challenge that astronauts participating in that program will face his being able to get enough supplies for an extended mission, particularly water. Water is a very heavy, yet critical resource, that is difficult to send from the Earth.

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Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers the sharpest view yet of the breakup of a comet called Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas). Hubble was able to resolve approximately 30 fragments of the comet on April 20 and 25 pieces on April 23. The comet was first discovered in December 2019 by the ATLAS robotic astronomical survey system in Hawai'i.

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NASA’s Swift mission tracked water lost from interstellar comet Borisov

NASA’s Swift mission tracked water lost from interstellar comet Borisov

NASA has announced that for the first time, its Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has been able to track water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the sun. The comet that the Swift Observatory was observing was the first confirmed interstellar comet 2I/Borisov traveled the solar system in late 2019. Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second known interstellar visitor discovered two years after Oumuamua passed through the solar system and was discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov.

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Casio G-Shock limited edition watch sports retro NASA design

Casio G-Shock limited edition watch sports retro NASA design

Casio is back with a new limited edition version of its G-Shock watch, one that features that retro NASA 'worm' logo and other iconic design elements. The watch is designed to pay homage to the space agency, according to Casio, which says that it has already seen 'overwhelming demand' for its product. The model will be available again soon; here's what you can expect when it returns.

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NASA plans to hunt Moon water with space lasers

NASA plans to hunt Moon water with space lasers

A briefcase-sized gadget hiding a powerful laser sounds like a James Bond gadget, but in fact it's what NASA aims to use to go hunting for water ice on the Moon's surface. Dubbed Lunar Flashlight, the proposed CubeSat will be instrumental in searching out potential sources of water that future NASA missions could use for deeper space exploration of Mars and more.

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Hubble space telescope turns 30 and this jaw-dropping “Starbirth” image is the gift

Hubble space telescope turns 30 and this jaw-dropping “Starbirth” image is the gift

The Hubble Space Telescope is 30 years old, but NASA is giving us a gift rather than the other way round, with one of the most striking images the groundbreaking scientific instrument ever captured. Launched on April 24 all the way back in 1990, Hubble's journey to the launch pad wasn't without issues.

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NASA engineers develop VITAL ventilator for milder cases of COVID-19

NASA engineers develop VITAL ventilator for milder cases of COVID-19

NASA has announced that some of its Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers have developed a new medical ventilator called 'Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally' (VITAL), which is intended for use with coronavirus patients who have milder cases of COVID-19. The technology was developed as part of the agency's overall effort to help the nation fight against the virus.

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