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Katherine Noyes
littleBits Goes a Long Way
04/25/14 7:19 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 600 Words

... fans the world over long have dreamed of exploring the universe for themselves, but a new, 12-module kit from NASA and littleBits aims to give enthusiasts a way to bring the thrill of space exploration closer to home. The new littleBits Space...

Rachelle Dragani
New Rover to Take Up Hunt for Martian Life in 2020
07/10/13 4:23 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 752 Words

The unnamed 2020 mission's search for life is the "next logical step" for Martian exploration, NASA said.

The new rover's design will be based on its predecessor, Curiosity, which landed on Mars last summer and is still roaming the planet's surface. During...

Peter Suciu
3D Food Printer Could Sustain Long-Distance Space Explorers
05/22/13 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 806 Words

Systems and Materials Research Corporation received a US$125,000 grant from NASA to build a prototype device that prints food.

The project, led by mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, is still quite a ways from the replicator technology of Star Trek ,...

Rachelle Dragani
Curiosity Really Starts to Click
08/09/12 10:17 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 965 Words

Although it's only had since Sunday night to collect data, following its touchdown in the Gale Crater, Curiosity has sent a batch of snapshots that are already allowing the NASA team to garner a good deal of information. The rover's first pictures show...

Katherine Noyes
Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Triumphs in Hair-Raising Test Flight
10/18/11 6:44 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 668 Words

A Deal With NASA
This latest successful test of SpaceShipTwo is good news for NASA , which just last week signed a deal whereby the space agency will hire the craft to carry technology payloads into space.

The agreement...

Katherine Noyes
Cosmic Fireworks Erupt When Black Hole in Dragon's Belly Swallows Star
04/09/11 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 744 Words

NASA's Swift , the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have teamed up to study the phenomenon. Currently, they believe that the unusual blast was most likely created when a star wandered too close to its galaxy's central black hole.

Mike Martin
Discovery Blazes One Last Trail
02/25/11 2:46 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 681 Words

... shy of 40 successful space journeys, the NASA shuttle Discovery headed to the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday on a final mission that followed repair problems and bad weather. Known as "STS-133," Discovery's last voyage will take 11 days. The shuttle is...

Mike Martin
Private Contractors Fight to Keep the Shuttles Truckin'
02/09/11 3:10 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 675 Words

... and space shuttle contractors are orbiting U.S. space agency NASA , searching for the future of space flight through contracts that would privatize key missions. After the Space Shuttle Program completes its final flight this year, United Space Alliance (USA) -- the...

Mike Martin
Strange Earthly Life-Form Means Rethinking the Hunt for ET
12/02/10 1:56 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 870 Words

... a much-anticipated NASA announcement Thursday, "The Devil in the Dark" is no longer the name of actor William Shatner's favorite original "Star Trek" episode, about a man-eating subterranean monster made ofcells based on silicon rather than carbon. Rather, it's a newly discovered...

Katherine Noyes
Sun-Gazing Observatory Set for Launch
02/11/10 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 798 Words

... planned for launch on Tuesday, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was delayed once again on Wednesday due to high winds. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral (Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller)

The new planned launch for the device...

Jay Lyman
Cassini Spacecraft Approaches Saturn Orbit
06/30/04 7:47 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 705 Words

The craft, launched in October, 1997, to study Saturn and its amazing rings and magnetosphere, represents a space program that runs in stark contrast to the one recently announced by NASA , which has said its immediate aim is to restructure and...

Richard Adhikari
SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns Without a Hitch After Dragon Launch
07/19/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 641 Words

"As with previous first stage land and drone-ship landings from SpaceX, this achievement is a testament to the leadership and innovation of America's commercial space industry," NASA spokesperson Cheryl Warner told TechNewsWorld.

The Dragon's 5,000-lb. payload included science and crew...

Richard Adhikari
EM Drive Stirs Blood of Hopeful Space Explorers
05/06/15 12:25 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 824 Words

Star Trek fans have been murmuring excitedly about the possibility of an actual "warp drive" -- that is, faster-than-light, mode of travel. NASA earlier this year attempted to burst that bubble , saying in no uncertain terms that light-speed travel was simply imaginary...

David Vranicar
Al-Qaeda Mocked After Seeking Suggestions on Twitter
08/15/13 10:37 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 518 Words

NASA to Send 3D Printer to Space
NASA will send a 3D printer to the International Space Station in June as part of the fifth SpaceX supply mission.

A 3D printer could, according to NASA, help ensure that astronauts...

Richard Adhikari
Fusion Rocket Could Hurtle Astronauts to Mars in 30 Days
04/11/13 8:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 684 Words

The project has received two rounds of funding from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. It's led by John Slough, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at UW who is also president and director of research at MSNW.

Project Details...

Katherine Noyes
Astronomers Spot Moon No. 5 Circling Un-Planet Pluto
07/13/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 865 Words

... may no longer be considered a true planet following its official reclassification in 2006, but that doesn't appear to be stopping the tiny dwarf planet from amassing a considerable number of celestial "followers." Just this week, in fact, a team of astronomers using NASA's ...

Peter Suciu
Plenty of Nail-Biting Moments Ahead for SpaceX Mission
05/23/12 1:36 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 866 Words

SpaceX will collect the data, but NASA will make the final decision.

"There are a number of task/fail criteria," Lopez-Alegria told TechNewsWorld. "Only after these are accomplished will NASA give the go."

Of course, every time a craft visits the ISS,...

Mike Martin
To Mars, Europa and Beyond - Budget Permitting
03/08/11 2:22 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 589 Words

NASA's highest-priority large mission, the NRC recommends, should be the Mars Astrobiology Explorer Cacher (MAX-C), a Mars mission to help determine whether the planet ever supported life.

"This mission will be the first step in a multipart effort to eventually...

Katherine Noyes
Hubble Marks 20 Years With Spectacular Shot of Stars Being Born
04/23/10 1:57 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 856 Words

Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. (click image to enlarge) Twenty years ago Saturday, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit, beginning its journey to become NASA's best-recognized, longest-lived and most...

Katherine Noyes
Obama on Space Exploration: We've Got to Be Smart
04/16/10 8:56 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1083 Words

Kennedy Space Center in Florida about his vision for human spaceflight in the coming years, affirming that he is "100 percent committed to the mission of NASA and its future." As part of a US$6 billion increase in NASA's budget over the next...

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