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NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA may one day use a sort of chainmail to protect its spacecraft from meteors, among other things, thanks to so-called '4D'-printed technology. The material, though it appears to be created from many small parts, is in fact created as a solid sheet, and astronauts may one day be able to print their own version of it while in space. As the photo shows, the metallic material is flexible and can be folded, allowing it to be used on a variety of objects.

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You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

NASA, as wonderful as it is, has never made finding content on its website simple. The space agency, which is spread across many centers and entities like the JPL and Johnson Space Center, has made its public photos and videos available across many different parts of its overall website. If you didn't have a list of all the possible places in which the photo may be published, it could be very difficult to find a particular bit of content. All of that, thankfully, has just changed.

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Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Finding life or indeed living on other planets ourselves has always been a dream but, at the rate that we’re going, it might soon become a critical necessity. Much of our off-planet colonization fantasies have focused on planets outside our solar system but, as NASA scientists are finding out, we might not have to look that far. Two separate and rather old NASA missions are discovering clues that Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon, and Europa, Jupiter’s equally icy moon, might have just the right elements to sustain life, either ours or someone else’s.

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NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA has just announced a new milestone discovery revolving around Saturn's moon Enceladus, revealing that it has most of the ingredients necessary to support life, and that it likely contains the rest of the missing -- that is, not yet discovered -- components. Most notably, this ocean world, as the space agency calls it, has ample amounts of hydrogen gas in its oceans, something that may work with carbon dioxide in the oceans' waters to support life.

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NASA preps first 4K live stream from space: here’s how to watch

NASA preps first 4K live stream from space: here’s how to watch

In the near future, NASA will broadcast what it says is the first ever 4K live video from space. The broadcast will take place from the International Space Station on April 26, and it'll showcase NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson as part of a larger panel dubbed Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood. The broadcast will be made available online for anyone to watch.

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NASA robot prototypes are ready for icy space destinations

NASA robot prototypes are ready for icy space destinations

NASA has introduced a few robotic prototypes designed to deal with space's iciest planets, including Jupiter's moon Europa. These prototypes are outfitted with various types of technology that can handle traveling across icy landscapes, burrowing through very deep ice to discover what lies beneath a planet's crust, take samples out of frozen lands, and more. The tech was made as part of the research project Ocean Worlds Mobility and Sensing from the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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Jupiter shown with stunning detail in NASA’s newest space pics

Jupiter shown with stunning detail in NASA’s newest space pics

While Mars is NASA's biggest focus at the moment (as far as space is concerned), it is ramping up its efforts related to Jupiter, and recently announced the name of a planned mission to the planet. In the present, the space agency has a small spacecraft called Juno in orbit around Jupiter, where it has begun snapping and sending back photos. The photos have been made available to the public in raw form, and now amateur enthusiasts have released their own stunning post-processed versions of the images.

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NASA’s little Rover companion was inspired by origami

NASA’s little Rover companion was inspired by origami

There is only so much you can launch into space, much less land on planets like Mars. Space, weight, and budget all conspire against having more rolling laboratories roving the planet. Not that you'd want to depend solely on a rover either. Big and expensive, they are hardly qualified for cramped spaces and more treacherous terrain. Which is why NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories or JPL has been developing a companion robot for rovers that would serve as research scouts. But to make them compact and lightweight, the engineers and scientists took inspiration from the foldable properties of paper.

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‘Death Star’ moon Mimas shown in stunning detail in latest NASA pic

‘Death Star’ moon Mimas shown in stunning detail in latest NASA pic

Back in January, NASA showed off an image of Saturn’s moon Mimas taken by the Cassini spacecraft. In that image, we got a look at the moon from an interesting angle - one that makes it look oddly similar to the Death Star from Star Wars. The latest image of the moon delivered by Cassini only builds upon that visage, giving us an even closer look at the oddly shaped space rock.

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This star orbits a black hole once every half hour

This star orbits a black hole once every half hour

Using a couple of NASA telescopes, researchers with Michigan State University have found what may end up being the closest orbit ever discovered between a star and a black hole. This binary system is located about 14,800 light-years from Earth in what is known as 47 Tucanae, a globular cluster of stars. Within this system, data indicates, is a white dwarf orbiting so closely to a black hole that its material is being pulled from it and onto a ‘disk of matter’ before being sucked in entirely.

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NASA’s Jupiter space mission has been named ‘Europa Clipper’

NASA’s Jupiter space mission has been named ‘Europa Clipper’

We’ve known for a couple years now that NASA is planning to investigate Jupiter’s moon Europa, doing so to assess its potential habitability, and now that future mission has an official name: Europa Clipper. Such is the name that will be given to the spacecraft tasked with flying to and studying the moon. NASA is planning for the spacecraft to make between 40 and 45 main passes of Europa.

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NASA finds lost lunar spacecraft using new radar method

NASA finds lost lunar spacecraft using new radar method

NASA has announced that a new radar technique has enabled it to find a pair of lunar spacecraft in orbit around the moon, one that is active and another that is dormant. This is notable because of the space agency's former inability to locate spacecraft obscured in the bright light from the moon, and it could lead to better plan management for any future space missions as a result.

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