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Boeing just a won a NASA contest to build a more efficient jetliner — see the winning entry

Boeing just a won a NASA contest to build a more...

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NASA selected Boeing as the winner of its contest to build a new fuel-efficient plane.  The plane's design – it will have single aisles and slim wings – is expected to cut emissions by up to 30%.  Check out a rendering of Boeing's winning entry.  Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your…
It looks like NASA will finally have an astronaut live in space for a full year

It looks like NASA will finally have an astronaut live in...

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Enlarge / NASA's Frank Rubio is on track to become the first American astronaut to spend a full year in space.NASA Amid much fanfare, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from space nearly seven years ago, landing on a barren, frozen steppe of Kazakhstan inside a hardy little Soyuz spacecraft. NASA made much of this flight,…
NASA chief says China could claim the moon as its own territory if it beats the US to the lunar surface

NASA chief says China could claim the moon as its own...

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NASA chief Bill Nelson said China could claim the moon as its own territory. He told Politico that Chinese aggression in the South China Sea indicated what might happen on the moon. Nelson said China had enjoyed "enormous success and advances" in its space program of late. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up!…
There’s no GPS on the moon. NASA and ESA have to fix that before humans return in 2 years.

There’s no GPS on the moon. NASA and ESA have to...

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Dozens of moon missions are planned within the next decade. But right now, there is no satellite navigation system between the Earth and the moon. NASA and ESA are developing ways to help rockets navigate to the moon autonomously. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed…
Where 2022’s news was (mostly) good: The year’s top science stories

Where 2022’s news was (mostly) good: The year’s top science stories

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Enlarge / The self-portrait of Webb's mirrors is also looking very sharp thanks to the improved alignment. How often does something work exactly as planned, and live up to its hype? In most of the world, that's the equivalent of stumbling across a unicorn that's holding a few winning lottery tickets in its teeth. But…
Where 2022’s news was (mostly) good: Yhe year’s top science stories

Where 2022’s news was (mostly) good: Yhe year’s top science stories

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Enlarge / The self-portrait of Webb's mirrors is also looking very sharp thanks to the improved alignment. How often does something work exactly as planned, and live up to its hype? In most of the world, that's the equivalent of stumbling across a unicorn that's holding a few winning lottery tickets in its teeth. But…
10 ways to make money by selling your body to science

10 ways to make money by selling your body to science

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You can make thousands of dollars by donating some time or body parts to science. But these procedures are not all painless, and not everyone can participate. Below is a short list, though be warned: these strategies aren't all easy money. NASA has recruited volunteers to spend two months in bed.The research, which took place…
20 jaw-dropping images from NASA’s powerful new James Webb Space Telescope

20 jaw-dropping images from NASA’s powerful new James Webb Space Telescope

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Webb shed new light on the iconic Pillars of Creation — giant clouds of gas and dust that constantly birth new stars. In near-infrared light, thousands of stars burst through, including newborn red stars. The Pillars of Creation, imaged in Webb's near-infrared-light view. NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa…
The fascinating story behind ‘Earthrise’ — the most famous picture of Earth ever taken — which turns 54 today

The fascinating story behind ‘Earthrise’ — the most famous picture of...

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"Earthrise" is the first image of Earth captured by humans from space.  The photo of Earth was taken aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968, by lunar module pilot Bill Anders. The image highlighted Earth's fragility, since it was seen against the vast blackness of space. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access…
5 of the wildest experiments tardigrades have survived in the name of science

5 of the wildest experiments tardigrades have survived in the name...

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Tardigrades are hardy microscopic creatures known for their ability to withstand extreme conditions. Water bears can go years without food or water and endure extreme radiation and temperatures. From blasting off to space to being fired from a gun, they've served science in explosive ways. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your…

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