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Richard Adhikari
Sunday's SpaceX Launch: High Stakes for Commercial Spaceflight
10/06/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 519 Words

Ahead of the launch, NASA set up a Google+ Hangout session on Friday with NASA administrator Charles Bolden and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Members of the public asked a number of questions online about the launch and future space flights.


Erika Morphy
Final Shuttle Voyage Closes Chapter in Human Spacefaring Saga
07/08/11 12:29 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 583 Words

... the weather barely permitting, the U.S. space exploration program reached another milestone on Friday: Atlantis blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on what will be the final space shuttle mission. The flight caps 30 years of achievements including the construction...

Rachelle Dragani
Lone Wanderers: No Warmth of the Sun for Some Planets
05/19/11 10:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 567 Words

The Search Continues
Follow-up investigations such as NASA's WFIRST are currently being planned to gather more information on galaxy formation. Additional projects are even undergoing right now, like the Kepler Spacecraft, which its website calls a "Search for Habitable...

Mike Martin
'Alien Life' Claim Hampered by Journal's Dubious Reputation
03/07/11 12:48 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 764 Words

The filaments aren't alive anymore, but are merely fossil remnants that -- if indeed they did come from outer space -- "would be a really, really cool discovery," said Kelly Smith, Ph.D., an associate professor of philosophy at Clemson University who serves on a NASA ...

Katherine Noyes
'Avatar' Director Pitching In on 3-D Cameras for Mars
04/30/10 9:18 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 627 Words

... director James Cameron is working with NASA on two 3-D cameras that could be used on the next Mars rover, known as "Curiosity." Artist's concept portraying what the Curiousity rover would look like in Martian terrain. Earlier this month, Malin Space Science...

Paul Hartsock
Can a Clown-Nosed Wand Move the Needle for PS3?
03/12/10 9:58 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2451 Words

One of those developers happened to be NASA . NASA made its own iPhone app so it had to sign the papers like everyone else. But since NASA's a government operation, it also has to abide by legitimate FOIA requests, and the...

Katherine Noyes
Obama Gazes Past the Moon to Mars
02/03/10 11:58 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 918 Words

... Obama on Monday proposed a dramatically new path that would end NASA's Constellation moon program and shift the agency's focus to developing new technologies for deeper space exploration instead. "The truth is that we were not on a path to get...

Erika Morphy
SpaceX Chalks Up Another First for Commercial Space Travel
07/14/09 3:21 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 590 Words

... Exploration Technologies -- or SpaceX , as it is usually called -- took a key step toward providing support for NASA and advancing private space travel on Monday: It successfully launched a small satellite into orbit atop its Falcon 1 rocket. It...

JR Raphael
Messenger Finds Blue Goo on Mercury
10/30/08 10:53 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 432 Words

... results are in, and NASA's latest fly-by of Mercury is shedding new light on the solar system's smallest planet. The Messenger space probe zipped around Mercury early in October, examining parts of the planet never before explored. The latest mission is...

JR Raphael
Brackish Soil Sample Suggests Martian Dirt Is Toxic
08/05/08 11:17 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 456 Words

... new discovery made on Mars throws a curve ball at the question of whether life ever existed on the Red Planet. NASA's Phoenix Lander has uncovered a harshly reactive salt called "perchlorate" in soil samples taken from the ground. The finding...

JR Raphael
Rotor-Powered 'Jet Pack' May Propel Solo Fliers to New Heights
07/30/08 11:56 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 746 Words

Expanded Skyways
The idea of an expanded air highway isn't as far-fetched as it seems. NASA's Small Aircraft Transportation System project, formed in 1999, studied the feasibility of a so-called "highway in the sky." The project ended two years...

JR Raphael
Lunar Samples Reveal Watery Secret
07/10/08 10:53 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 507 Words

Most people had already tried looking for signs of water and found none, Saal said, so he and his associates were turned down three times before getting the green light from NASA .

"It took us three years insisting. [NASA] began...

Katherine Noyes
Mars Water-Life Connection Tenuous, Scientists Say
06/23/08 1:38 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 682 Words

... on Friday confirmed that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has uncovered ice in the sandy soil of the red planet. "It is with great pride and a lot of joy that I announce today that we have found proof that this hard...

Katherine Noyes
Robotic Vehicles to Look for Life in Arctic Depths
06/22/07 2:06 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1096 Words

40 Days
The 40-day expedition, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA , will be conducted on the Oden, a 354-foot icebreaker operated by the Swedish Maritime Administration . It will take researchers close to the geographic...

Katherine Noyes
ISS Computers Back Online, Atlantis Set to Return
06/18/07 3:13 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 691 Words

Author and lecturer Gregg Easterbrook, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote a scathing analysis of NASA's priorities in Wired magazine last month that included calling the space station "pointless."

An article in Time last week called it a...

Katherine Noyes
The Final Frontier, Part 2: From Planetary Cargo to Space Hotels
05/24/07 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1034 Words

Specifically, NASA plans to retire the Space Shuttle in 2010, leaving the International Space Station without its current provider of cargo and supplies. To fill that gap, NASA has launched a new program -- the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program --...

Robin Hohman
Robotic Surgery Gains Acceptance as Experimentation Continues
08/09/06 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1006 Words

Dave Williams of the Canadian Space Agency tested this idea in April when he took part in NEEMO, or NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. The program tested robotic surgery precedures taking place 62 feet below the ocean surface -- 3.5 miles off the...

Jay Lyman
IBM, Georgia Tech Deep Freeze for Gigahertz
06/20/06 1:51 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 557 Words

The phenomenal jump in chip clock speed may be limited to extreme cold environments, such as outer space, but is being applied for NASA's return to the moon, and is intended to make a path to future processing that will eventually function...

ECT News Science Desk
Cassini-Huygens Mission Status Report
06/11/04 9:04 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 721 Words

The spacecraft is operating normally and is in excellent health. "The maneuver is very critical for getting us into Saturn orbit because it is the first checkout of the bipropellant pressurization system after nearly five years of dormancy," said Todd Barber, propulsion engineer for Cassini at NASA's ...

Kirk L. Kroeker
SGI Intros Low-Cost Linux Server to Technical-Computing Market
01/12/04 8:59 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 728 Words

Included among the Altix customers are Tata Motors, NASA Ames Research Center, the Dutch National Networking Center and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

"NASA has computational modeling requirements suitable for a spectrum of machines," said Bob Ciotti, terascale applications lead at NASA...

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