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Analysis of Curiosity’s findings dashes hopes of finding life on Mars

Hopes of finding life on Mars suffered a setback after new findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover detected only trace amounts of methane gas in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, a study said Thursday. In the past decade, scientists have reported large “plumes” of methane in the Martian atmosphere, findings that have…

Brazil hackers accidentally attack NASA as payback for NSA surveillance

Hackers have hit back in retaliation for US cyber-spying on Brazil but mistook the US space agency NASA for the National Security Agency (NSA), a news website reported here Tuesday. “Some activists decided to protest this US practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target,” a specialized blog…

NASA sends converted military drones to track hurricanes and tropical storms

A pair of converted military drones are the US space agency’s newest tools for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms, with the aim of improving forecasters’ ability to predict them. Originally built for military reconnaissance missions around the world, they are the size of large commercial jets and are flown remotely…

Frog accidentally caught in NASA mission launch

NASA launches rocket, frog (via The Christian Science Monitor) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch last week, according to NASA. It was last seen in this photograph.(NASA) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch…   Watch video…

NASA identifies three potential asteroids to capture and drag into orbit around the Moon

The US space agency has narrowed its hunt for an asteroid to capture to three, NASA said. The asteroids fit the requirements of being between seven to 10 meters (yards) in size, and further study should be able to narrow the choice even more, scientists said at a conference in…

NASA unmanned spacecraft to study Moon’s atmosphere

NASA hopes to unravel more of the Moon’s mysteries Friday by launching an unmanned mission to study its atmosphere, the US space agency’s third such probe in five years. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is to launch Friday at 11:27 pm (Saturday 0327 GMT) aboard a Minotaur…

NASA picks four possible landing sites for next mission to Mars

NASA picks four possible Mars landing sites, none of them interesting (via The Christian Science Monitor) NASA has selected four semi-finalist landing plots for its 2016 mission to Mars.(NASA/JPL-Caltech ) NASA has whittled to four the number of potential landing sites for its 2016 mission to Mars. All of the…

NASA’s newest mission to the moon aims to ‘solve the mystery’ of horizon glow

Moon mission: Can it solve the mystery of the glowing horizon? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Pigeons are silhouetted by a rising, nearly full moon as they perch on the roof of a barn near Taylorsville, Md. LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) is set to launch Sept. 6…

Massive canyon revealed under Greenland ice sheet

NASA announced on Thursday that a massive canyon that has been unknown for all of human history has been found under a mile of ice in Greenland. An airborne research project known as Operation IceBridge discovered the canyon via ice-penetrating radar signals. Under the multimillion-year-old sheet of ice lies a…

NASA is 3D printing rockets

NASA is jumping on the 3D printing trend with a vengeance. It 3D printed rocket parts and fired them. Apparently it’s a much cheaper way of producing certain materials. [Source: Ars Technica]   …

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