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NASA tests robotic ice tools for missions to ocean worlds

NASA tests robotic ice tools for missions to ocean worlds
Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter's moon Europa? There's no promising you'll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help. Since 2015, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been developing technologies for use on future missions to ocean worlds. That includes a subsurface probe that could burrow through miles of ice, taking samples along the way; robotic arms that unfold to reach faraway objects; and a projectile launcher for even more distant samples.
31st March 2017

Metallic glass gears make for graceful robots

Metallic glass gears make for graceful robots
At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, technologist Douglas Hofmann and his collaborators are building a better gear. Hofmann is the lead author of two recent papers on gears made from bulk metallic glass (BMG), a specially crafted alloy with properties that make it ideal for robotics. "Although BMGs have been explored for a long time, understanding how to design and implement them into structural hardware has proven elusive," said Hofmann.
29th November 2016

NASA Social focusses on advanced weather satellite mission

A NASA Social was one of several media events at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center focused on GOES-R - the first spacecraft in a series of NASA-built advanced geostationary weather satellites that will provide images of weather patterns and severe storms as regularly as every five minutes or as frequently as every 30 seconds.
21st November 2016


A trek towards diversity

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden introduces us to the real world impact of fictional characters Nyota Uhura and Hikaru Sulu.
28th September 2016

NASA continues to boldy go!

50 years ago Star Trek premiered on the small screen. Today, stars of the original series; William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei share their excitement and passion for the real space exploration being done by NASA.
22nd September 2016

NASA uncovering the secrets of asteroids

NASA scientists discussed asteroids, how they relate to the origins of our solar system, and the search for life beyond Earth during this event at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center, in Florida on 7th September.
22nd September 2016

Fighting cancer with space research

Fighting cancer with space research
Every day, NASA spacecraft beam down hundreds of petabytes of data, all of which has to be codified, stored and distributed to scientists across the globe. Increasingly, artificial intelligence is helping to "read" this data as well, highlighting similarities between datasets that scientists might miss. For the past 15 years, the big data techniques pioneered by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been revolutionising biomedical research.
15th September 2016

NASA selects next-gen spectrometre for SOFIA

NASA selects next-gen spectrometre for SOFIA
A team from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been selected to develop a third-generation facility science instrument for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. The principal investigator, Samuel Harvey Moseley will lead the team to develop the High Resolution Mid-InfrarEd spectrometre (HIRMES).
8th September 2016

NASA-funded balloon mission begins fourth campaign

NASA-funded balloon mission begins fourth campaign
The BARREL team is at Esrange Space Center near Kiruna, Sweden, launching a series of six scientific payloads on miniature scientific balloons. The BARREL team launched the first balloon of this campaign – the fourth for BARREL – on Aug. 13, 2016. The NASA-funded BARREL – which stands for Balloon Array for Radiation-belt Relativistic Electron Losses – primarily measures X-rays in Earth’s atmosphere near the North and South poles.
18th August 2016

AI could be a firefighter's new best friend

AI could be a firefighter's new best friend
When entering a burning building, firefighters have only their wits and senses to rely on. New research, developed jointly by the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, may change that with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that could collect data on temperatures, gases and other danger signals and guide a team of first responders safely through the flames.
12th August 2016

Research uses 3D simulations and NASA supercomputer

Research uses 3D simulations and NASA supercomputer
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are using NASA's most powerful supercomputer, Pleiades, to create unique star-formation simulations. Like something from a video game, the simulations zoom through the entire evolution of young star clusters. A giant cloud of interstellar gas and dust collapses under the forces of gravity. Inside the cloud, turbulent clumps of gas form and then collapse.
7th July 2016

NASA technology implemented in breast cancer research

NASA technology implemented in breast cancer research
Getting spacecraft ready for launch may have more to do with medical research than you think. For a study on microbes that may be associated with a history of breast cancer, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, employed the same sequencing and analysis methods used for examining bacteria in spacecraft assembly rooms. Those techniques were designed for planetary protection—ensuring that NASA spacecraft do not contaminate other worlds.
27th June 2016

The connectivity battle – sea versus space

The connectivity battle – sea versus space
Sailors working on vessels spread across the Earth’s oceans and seas must be better connected than astronauts, who’s working environment is hundreds of kilometres into space, right? Well, recent research from the 2015 Crew Connectivity Survey and sources such as NASA and The Atlantic has taken a closer look at the communication services that are provided to sailors, as well as the limiting factors that impact accessibility, making a direct comparison to the services available in space.
20th May 2016

NASA solicits industry ideas for advanced Mars satellite

NASA solicits industry ideas for advanced Mars satellite
NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic science exploration, in support of NASA's Journey to Mars. The orbiter would substantially increase bandwidth communications and maintain high-resolution imaging capability.
22nd April 2016

NASA invests in spacecraft and reprogrammable microorganisms

NASA invests in spacecraft and reprogrammable microorganisms
  NASA has selected 13 proposals, including four from agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.
13th April 2016

Invisible NASA network provides satellite data to earth

Invisible NASA network provides satellite data to earth
Based out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Near Earth Network (NEN) serves as a conduit for information from spacecraft in low-Earth orbits, geosynchronous orbits, and even lunar orbits to the scientists who will study and use it on the ground. An orbiting observatory such as the Hubble Space Telescope collects huge amounts of data continuously, including both science observations and spacecraft health information, such as battery voltages and operational data.
12th April 2016

Mini methane sensor makes successful flight test

Mini methane sensor makes successful flight test
As part of a project to improve safety in the energy pipeline industry, researchers have successfully flight-tested a miniature methane gas sensor developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, on a Vertical Take-off and Landing small unmanned aerial system (sUAS). The sensor, similar to one developed by JPL for use on Mars, enables detection of methane with much higher sensitivity than previously available for the industry in hand-carried or sUAS-deployable instruments.
29th March 2016

NASA Aeronautics proposes return of X-Planes

NASA Aeronautics proposes return of X-Planes
America stands on the cusp of a new era in aviation that’s dramatically cleaner, quieter, and even faster. The details of NASA’s plan to get from here to there are spelled out in President Obama’s recently released federal budget request for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2016. If approved, next year will be the first in a bold 10-year plan by NASA Aeronautics to achieve huge goals in reducing fuel use, emissions, and noise by the way aircraft are designed, and the way they operate in the air and on the ground.
19th February 2016

X-ray Space Observatory to study black holes

X-ray Space Observatory to study black holes
Black hole enthusiasts, galaxy cluster aficionados, and X-ray astronomers have much to be excited about. Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched their sixth satellite dedicated to X-ray astronomy, ASTRO-H, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan. The observatory carried a state-of-the-art instrument and two telescope mirrors built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
17th February 2016

NEA Scout: Solar sail deployment for asteroid-surveying

NEA Scout: Solar sail deployment for asteroid-surveying
Progress continues on the journey to Mars as NASA plans to send astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and ultimately to the surface of Mars. Before humans embark on the journey, the agency will survey an asteroid to learn about the risks and challenges asteroids may pose to future human explorers. Therefore, NASA will perform a reconnaissance flyby of an asteroid with Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, or NEA Scout.
8th February 2016


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