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NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA has approved a trio of studies that will help lay the foundation for the development and use of aircraft-based autonomous technologies, the space agency has announced. The studies are part of NASA's larger Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, which itself is shelling out the funds for 'new technologies that are ambitious and potentially transformative,' according to the project's acting director Richard Barhydt.

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SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX has now achieved its fifth successful ground-based landing for its Falcon 9 rockets, but what makes this weekend's launch really special was that it was also the first time the rocket company reused one of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Saturday launch saw SpaceX tasked with delivering cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, but this time around it was with the refurbished capsule that had been used back in September 2014.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

As promised, NASA has made an announcement related to its sun investigation mission, the now-formerly named Solar Probe Plus. The space agency, it turns out, has decided to change the mission's name to Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker who published a study in 1958 detailing a phenomenon that is now known as solar wind. "This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual," Science Mission Directorate associate administration Thomas Zurbuchen explained.

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NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will make an announcement related to its sun mission tomorrow, the space agency has said, and you'll be able to watch it live from the convenience of your phone or laptop. The announcement will concern NASA's previously unveiled Solar Probe Plus, a spacecraft that will get closer to the sun than any other in history. By sending a spacecraft so close to our bright star, researchers will learn things about its outer atmosphere and more that answer longstanding physics questions.

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We were so wrong about Jupiter

We were so wrong about Jupiter

NASA has received the first results from its Juno mission to Jupiter, and the findings are surprising. Researchers long held certain assumptions about Jupiter, things that Juno's early findings have challenged. One of the surprising discoveries were the massive storms on the planet, ones with cyclones as large as our own planet. As well, current measurements indicate that Jupiter's magnetic field is much stronger than expected.

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NASA Psyche mission launch moved to 2022 in big cost-saving measure

NASA Psyche mission launch moved to 2022 in big cost-saving measure

NASA has moved the Psyche launch up and, as a result, the spacecraft's arrival in the asteroid belt will be four years earlier than originally planned, according to the space agency. The Psyche mission is one of many 'highly focused robotic space missions' chosen by the space agency's Discovery Program to explore elements of space, in this case the asteroid Psyche located between Jupiter and Mars. The evaluation of this asteroid will help researchers better understand our own planet and others.

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NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

A failed computer will result in two astronauts conducting an emergency spacewalk at the International Space Station tomorrow, NASA has announced, enabling the ISS to resume operations with its primary (rather than backup) system. The computer is one of two units that control systems on the space station, though NASA reassures everyone that none of the astronauts have been or will be in danger from the computer failure.

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NASA solves decades-long mystery of strange lights on Earth

NASA solves decades-long mystery of strange lights on Earth

Back in 1993, Carl Sagan and his colleagues spotted some glints of light in photos of Earth taken by the spacecraft Galileo. These patches of light were spotted on coastlines and in the ocean, and were assumed to be the result of sunlight reflecting off smooth patches of water. Years later, however, individuals have spotted similar spots of light in photos captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory's camera, only with one big difference: the bright spots are on land in addition to water, paving the way for a good ole fashioned mystery.

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NASA puts James Webb Space Telescope through final freeze before launch

NASA puts James Webb Space Telescope through final freeze before launch

It won't be long before NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is launched into space, but ahead of that event comes a final cryogenic test. The space agency has detailed this test, saying it is taking place at the Johnson Space Center following a long and careful transport process from the Goddard Space Flight Center. The test, once it is fully underway, will last for about 100 days before wrapping up.

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NASA begins considering proposals for future New Frontiers missions

NASA begins considering proposals for future New Frontiers missions

NASA is looking toward the future, as it has received 12 proposals for future missions within our Solar System. These 12 proposals will be considered as part of New Frontiers, a program that has already given us some pretty impressive and informative missions. Don't expect to see the next mission launch anytime soon, though, as NASA says we likely won't see the next New Frontiers mission lift off until the mid-2020s.

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NASA contest offers cash to anyone who boosts its simulation code

NASA contest offers cash to anyone who boosts its simulation code

NASA has another HeroX contest underway, one that will require interested participants to first sign an application and go through a government check. Those who make it through the process will get access to the space agency's FUN3D software, something that itself is used for 'solving nonlinear partial differential equations.' Why would NASA give you access to such software? So that you can optimize the code to make it run faster.

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NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

The Midwestern states have been slammed with storms in recent days leading to massive flooding in many areas. While the floods are tragic, the rain's overall effect on the Midwest landscape is stunning. New NASA photos of Earth taken from space show multiple Midwestern states covered in a thick blanket of bright green leaves and grass, covering the center of the country with a huge swath of fertile, robust vegetation. The photos hint at a promising summer as far as crop growth is concerned.

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