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Humans on Mars: These are the Brakes

If larger and larger payloads – including human habitats – are to set down safely on Mars, new atmospheric reentry technologies are required. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is deep into cutting-edge and crosscutting demonstration flights of hardware to land hefty payloads on the Red Planet. The work is being done under NASA’s Low Density [...]

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First U.S. Asteroid Sample Mission Moves Forward

NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is taking shape. This return sample mission to asteroid Bennu is to launch in the fall of 2016. The spacecraft will then rendezvous with the space rock in 2018. Following a year of reconnaissance of the object, OSIRIS-REx will snag a sample of the asteroid [...]

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Super Planet Crash: Educational Game for World Builders

Let the games begin! A new online educational resource allows the user to build their own planetary system, putting planets into orbit around a star and racking up points until they add a planet that destabilizes the whole system. The game is an offshoot of the open-source software package – Systemic Console — astronomers use [...]

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Attention: Passengers of Planet Earth – Your Selfie Wanted!

Want to take part in a worldwide celebration of this year’s Earth Day? NASA is inviting all passengers on our planet to take part in a “Global Selfie” event. For Earth Day – celebrated on April 22 – NASA is trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a [...]

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NASA Contest: Moon Mission to Impact Lunar Far Side – What’s your best guess?

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon, as it continues to make important science observations. But when will it take the plunge? LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact of the moon’s surface on or before April 21. On April 11, ground controllers [...]

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