Tag: NASA

Massive swarm of asteroids including a space rock larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza is soaring past Earth

A SWARM of asteroids is currently soaring past Earth with more than a dozen expected to make close passes by the end of the week. An unprecedented eight space rocks will have careened past Earth by Tuesday evening alone – and Nasa has admitted it nearly missed one of them.

NASA is working on a camera that could save humanity from extinction

Astronomers tend to be patient people. When it comes to stars, much of what they examine happened millions of years ago, and when it comes to space probes, even pre-launch prep can take a decade or more. But they are getting impatient about launching an infrared space telescope called NEOCam.

NASA concerned as iceberg twice the size of New York City

Scientists warned Sunday that a massive iceberg will soon calve — or break off — from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf and they’re increasingly concerned about the “uncertain future” it creates for future research opportunities there. The iceberg is expected to be about twice the size of New York City, according to NASA

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope may be back in action shortly

NASA engineers have figured out how to bring the ailing Hubble Space Telescope back online after troubleshooting an instrument that wasn’t working properly. The observatory, currently in orbit around Earth, has been in safe mode since October 5th when a crucial piece of steering hardware — needed to point the telescope —

NASA explores product endorsements and rocket naming rights

NASA’s new leader is gung-ho on privatizing spaceflight, and that could lead to some new approaches to branding… like it or not. Administrator Jim Bridenstine has unveiled a NASA Advisory Council committee that will explore the feasibility of commercializing the agency’s operations in low Earth orbit to lower its costs while its eyes

NASA looks to build a robot that can search other planets for bacteria

While NASA’s rovers have looked for signs of life outside of our world, they haven’t searched for life directly. But Melissa Floyd, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is working on a device that might change that. She wants to build an instrument that could look through soil and rock samples for

Astronomers: Life has a “fighting chance” in planets around Alpha Centauri A and B

Two of the three closest stars outside our solar system are reportedly emitting comparable amounts of X-ray energy as the sun. That tolerable level of radiation gives alien life a “fighting chance” to survive on any planets that might be lurking around one of those stars, an article in Space.com stated. These stars

NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA?  The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. This

Elon Musk’s dream of nuking Mars terrible, just won’t help to reverse weather, says new study

As we all know, SpaceX boss Elon Musk has always been enthusiastic about colonizing the Red Planet Mars despite all odds about its hostile atmosphere to make life just possible. But, Musk had a solution that he revealed in “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he hopes to nuke

Boeing delays first crucial test flights of its new passenger spacecraft again

As expected, the first major test flights for Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft have been delayed again, following an engine test mishap that occurred over a month ago. The crew capsule, known as the CST-100 Starliner, was scheduled to perform two major test flights to the International Space Station this year. But