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Glug, Glug, Bubble, Bubble: Diving into Outer Space

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known [...]

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CAT Scanning Asteroids: Planetary Defense, Space Mining Benefits

A nasty asteroid headed toward Earth is on a collision course – how best to protect our home turf? First of all, knowing its density and structure is important. Is it a rubble pile, solid as rock, Swiss cheese, has a core, or something else? With that information in hand, dealing with the threatening object [...]

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Citizen Forums on Asteroids – You’re Invited!

Can we protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts? What do we do if we find an asteroid that threatens Earth? How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? These kind of provocative questions deserve public participation…and now you can take part in the dialogue. Innovative project Thanks to an innovative project between NASA and a [...]

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Back in Space! Astronaut Ultrasound Technology for the Spine

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has funded a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain. Thanks to a partnership with the private sector, the idea is to accelerate the development of commercially promising products meeting a medical need in space…as well as on [...]

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Mars Rover: Dealing with Wheel Wear and Tear

Engineers on Earth are trying to get a little traction about wheels on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover is showing wheel “wear and tear” that engineers did not expect this early into the mission. Getting to Mount Sharp is a priority, but the robot has had to adjust its driving to compensate for the wheel damage. [...]

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