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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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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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FY-Eye! Impressive Satellite View of U.S. Land-Surface

The most comprehensive satellite-gleaned view of land-surface conditions from coast to coast in the conterminous United States is an eye-opener! Just issued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this latest look-see shows land-surface conditions from coast to coast, showing the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database [...]

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Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration

Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration was released in September 2013 by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group. At its heart, this report explains that space exploration “will continue to be an essential driver for opening up new domains in science and technology, triggering other sectors to partner with the space sector for joint research and development. [...]

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House Members Issue Bi-Partisan Call for Human Exploration Strategy Using Space Launch System, Orion

A bi-partisan letter from 32 members of the U.S. House urges the White House to structure a “safe, focused and expeditious return of American astronauts to deep space exploration on an American rocket launched from American soil.” The lawmakers, led by Steven M. Palazzo, chair of the House Science Subcommittee, and Donna F. Edwards, the [...]

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