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WATCH LIVE: NASA live-stream of Geminid meteor shower

NASA officials are saying tonight is expected to bring prime viewing hours for this year’s Geminid Meteor Shower, which is expected to run through Dec. 16. Watch a live-stream of tonight’s event, as provided by NASA, below. Live streaming video by Ustream [Image via Wikipedia Commons] Steal this story ...…

NASA Mars spacecraft to search for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere

NASA is preparing to launch its latest orbiter to Mars Monday on the hunt for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere. The launch of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), could happen as early as 1:28 pm (1828 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a…

NASA will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere

NASA said Monday it is on track to launch its Maven probe to Mars next month to find out why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere. The unmanned spaceship is scheduled to leave Earth on November 18 at 1:38 pm (1739 GMT). The 10-month journey to Mars means…

NASA breaks speed record by using laser to download data from the Moon

NASA downloads data from moon, sets speed record (via The Christian Science Monitor) The LADEE spacecraft launched to the moon from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia last month. The communications system aboard the craft sent data to the Earth at a record-breaking download speed this week.(Carla Cioffi/NASA/AP) It turns…

Curiosity rover confirms Mars’ massive atmospheric losses

Latest Curiosity feat: confirmation that Mars sent meteorite group to Earth (via The Christian Science Monitor) This photo released by NASA shows a self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars.(NASA/AP) Mars has lost from half to 95 percent of its atmosphere over the past 4…

China criticizes NASA over discrimination at science conference

Beijing on Wednesday criticised the US space agency NASA for what it termed “discriminative action” over a decision to exclude Chinese from a forthcoming science conference in the United States. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced that Chinese nationals will not be permitted to enter the Second Kepler…

Pirate Party of Russia offers to host NASA’s website while U.S. government is on shutdown

Russian Pirates Offer To Host NASA’s Website While US Government Is Shutdown (via Techdirt) The government shutdown leading to various government websites being taken offline has been the subject of much mocking. But, for people who rely on those websites, it can be quite a nuisance. So perhaps it’s time…

American scientists boycott NASA conference that bans Chinese nationals

NASA facing backlash from US researchers due to rejection of Chinese nationals from conference NASA is facing an extraordinary backlash from US researchers after it emerged that the space agency has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference on grounds of national security. NASA officials…

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds water on Mars

Dirt sample reveals two pints of liquid water per cubic feet, not freely accessible but bound to other minerals in the soil Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according…

NASA adapting space radar for use helping rescue workers

A portable radar device that can sense live victims beneath a collapsed structure was inspired by the same technology used to detect distant objects in space, NASA said Wednesday. The prototype for the new tool was demonstrated for reporters by US space agency experts who are collaborating with the Department…

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