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Richard Adhikari
Thruster Problem Pushes SpaceX Capsule Off Schedule
03/01/13 2:05 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 496 Words

At a teleconference on Friday afternoon involving Musk, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and NASA, officials said the thruster problems might lead to the Dragon capsule docking with the station on Sunday instead of Saturday.

The thruster issue is not a...

Richard Adhikari
1-2 Celestial Punch Raises Questions About Space Object Defenses
02/16/13 6:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 777 Words

The two celestial events were not connected, NASA said; they approached the Earth from different trajectories. Yet they are just two of several meteors and asteroids that have come close to the Earth in the past few years.

There are between...

Richard Adhikari
Landsat 8 Pushes the Earth-Monitoring Envelope
02/12/13 10:10 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 694 Words

Landsat 8, loaded with several technological advancements for better data-gathering, blasted off Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California using...

David Vranicar
Chinese New Year Inspires Line-Cutting Apps
01/24/13 5:54 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 591 Words

The Gozi virus, which is believed to have infected more than 1 million computers around the globe -- including 190 belonging to NASA -- was used to access bank info and steal millions of dollars from 2005 to 2011. It was, in...

Richard Adhikari
Fleet of FireFlies to Probe Space for Mineral-Rich Asteroids
01/24/13 9:40 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 546 Words

DSI will work with NASA and other partners to identify targets of opportunity. What DSI's Planning The company will build the 55-lb. FireFlies using CubeSat technology . A CubeSat is a miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a volume of exactly...

Richard Adhikari
'Black Beauty' Meteorite Points to Mars' Kinder, Gentler Past
01/05/13 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 655 Words

It closely matches surface rocks and outcrops that were examined by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers sent to Mars by NASA .

"Having a lab sample that's similar to the rocks being looked at by the rovers is great," Agee said.

Richard Adhikari
Alzheimer's Could Be the Trade-off for Deep-Space Pioneers
01/03/13 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 603 Words

This could be a concern for NASA , which is planning manned missions to Mars.

However, the findings may not have much of an impact on NASA's plans.

"Our work simply adds an additional potential health-risk factor that NASA will need...

Denis Pombriant
Loose Ends
01/03/13 5:00 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 901 Words

Even NASA was involved in working through the source code governing onboard computers.

Nothing was found, and finally a decidedly low-tech answer came into focus. The floor mats in some cars got wedged up against the gas pedals, causing cars to take...

John P. Mello Jr.
Uncle Sam Prefers to Receive Than to Give Security Information
12/27/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 853 Words

Breach Diary
Dec. 18: NASA Inspector General estimates data breach in October that compromised personal information of some 10,000 employees could cost U.S. taxpayers almost US$960,000. Dec. 18: Information Week reports that the European Union's executive committee has begun circulating...

Katherine Noyes
Linux, the 386, and Days of Auld Lang Syne
12/20/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 940 Words

"It can be difficult to maintain a proper sense of perspective if you started computing on something with less power than a 386 (for some of us, it was a lot less), but even NASA likely isn't using them any more, as...

Katherine Noyes
2030: A Manned Mars Odyssey
12/07/12 1:24 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1012 Words

... by the recent success of its Mars rover Curiosity, NASA on Tuesday announced plans for a multiyear Mars program that includes launching a new robotic science rover in 2020. This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and...

John P. Mello Jr.
NASA Shares Earth's Nighttime Glamour Shots
12/06/12 4:28 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 750 Words

On Thursday, we were treated to a different view of Island Earth, one with the undeniable stamp of humanity on it. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled what's being called the "Black Marble" -- high-resolution photos taken of the...

John P. Mello Jr.
Bill Closing Email Privacy Loophole Clears Committee
12/03/12 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1111 Words

Nov. 28: Employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory called on Congress to investigate a data breach at NASA that compromised background information gathered by the Department of Homeland Security on an unspecified number of workers. The unencrypted information was on a laptop stolen...

Richard Adhikari
Amazon Launches 'Profoundly Disruptive' Data Warehouse
11/29/12 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 585 Words

More than 20 customers, including Netflix and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have signed up for the preview, Amazon said.

Warehousing Optimized
Amazon RedShift offers a relational data warehouse platform that uses columnar storage and data compression to reduce the...

Peter Suciu
Nuclear Power Could Blast Humans Into Deep Space
11/28/12 4:18 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1121 Words

A team of researchers, including engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory , this week reported their successful demonstration of a...

John P. Mello Jr.
Skype Takes Heat for Security - Both Too Little and Too Much
11/19/12 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 989 Words

Nov. 15: NASA sends warning to all employees and contractors that their personal information may have been compromised when a laptop locked in an employee's car was stolen. The agency could not determine the magnitude of the breach at the time of the...

Katherine Noyes
Asteroid Belts May Show Us the Way to E.T.
11/16/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 891 Words

Material from the hefty asteroid belt would bombard planets, possibly preventing life from evolving. (Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Feild of STSci ) (click image to enlarge)

However, it just may be that asteroids are our friends, a new paper suggests.

Erika Morphy
AV Pioneer McAfee Covering Tracks in Murder Drama
11/13/12 11:29 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 637 Words

McAfee was a programmer in NASA's Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1968 to 1970, according to Wikipedia .

From there it was onward and upward: He worked at Univac, Xerox , Computer Sciences Corp. and Lockheed.

Peter Suciu
Interplanetary Internet: Small Step for Lego Robot, Giant Leap for Space Exploration
11/09/12 2:10 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 759 Words

... NASA and the European Space Agency have tested a prototype system that could truly give new meaning to long-distance calling. It could help enable Internet-like communications between Earth and other planets. NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 33 commander, using a laptop on...

Katherine Noyes
Scorched 'Earth' Spotted in Star System Next Door
10/26/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1137 Words

Furthermore, statistical results from NASA's Kepler mission suggest that "where there is one, there are usually several rocky planets," Fischer noted. "This leaves open the possibility of a terrestrial planet in the habitable zone. In fact, I think this strengthens the...

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