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Thursday, January 21, 2021
NASA versus Katrina: August 29, 2005

NASA versus Katrina: August 29, 2005

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It may not look like much, but Building 320 housed the 38 members of Michoud's ride out team during Hurricane Katrina.Nathan Mattise Update, Sept. 7, 2020: It's Labor Day Weekend in the US, and even though most of us now also call home "the office," Ars staff is taking a long weekend to rest and…
NASA tests a booster that produces 3 million pounds of thrust

NASA tests a booster that produces 3 million pounds of thrust

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Northrop Grumman's full-scale booster ignites on Wednesday afternoon. This test took place in Promontory, Utah. NASA TV NASA and Northrop Grumman were collecting data on the booster's performance. NASA TV This shot from the head of the booster offers a nice sense of its power, 3 million pounds of thrust. NASA TV Two boosters provide…
Google AR app lets you place prehistoric creatures, Apollo 11 in your room

Google AR app lets you place prehistoric creatures, Apollo 11 in...

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A cat faces off with a 400:1 scale prehistoric crustacean. An Apollo module in the app. A blue whale. A shark. The crustacean again, in the app view. Neil Armstrong's spacesuit. A trunkfish. An Aegirocassis. Today, Google announced that it has partnered with institutions like the State Darwin Museum of Moscow and London's Natural History…
Blast off: Disney drops first trailer for The Right Stuff dramatic series

Blast off: Disney drops first trailer for The Right Stuff dramatic...

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In October, Disney+ will debut its new series, The Right Stuff, based on the 1979 book by Tom Wolfe. A team of elite military test pilots finds itself tapped to be astronauts for Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program in the United States, in The Right Stuff, a new eight-episode dramatic series debuting in October…
NASA official may face criminal investigation for contact with Boeing

NASA official may face criminal investigation for contact with Boeing

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Enlarge / Doug Loverro, formerly NASA's chief of human spaceflight.NASA The US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia has opened a criminal investigation of a former top NASA official, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The grand jury investigation concerns communications between Doug Loverro, then the chief of human spaceflight for NASA, and Jim…
Dragonship Endeavour is flying free, on its way back to Earth

Dragonship Endeavour is flying free, on its way back to Earth

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Enlarge / Crew Dragon backs away from the International Space Station on Saturday.NASA TV On Saturday evening the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, named Dragonship Endeavour, undocked from the International Space Station to begin its journey home. The undocking came after NASA and SpaceX determined the spacecraft would find calm…
NASA’s most complex, ambitious rover yet is on its way to Mars [Updated]

NASA’s most complex, ambitious rover yet is on its way to...

The Mars 2020 Nearly there now. Trevor Mahlmann Arriving at the base of the pad. Trevor Mahlmann American Rovers. American Rockets. American Soil. Trevor Mahlmann Atlas V vertical at SLC-41 ready to launch the Mars Perseverance rover for NASA. The launch is scheduled for July 30 at 7:50am local time. Trevor Mahlmann The countdown to…
Can’t afford to fly to space? Settle for smelling like it

Can’t afford to fly to space? Settle for smelling like it

Enlarge / "Listen—do you smell something?" If you ask a US Navy submariner the most visceral part of the underwater and underway experience, you'll get the same answer almost every time—it's the smell. "Eau de Boat," as we sailors called it, is a unique combination of diesel fuel, machine oil, laundry hamper, and flatulence. To…
A chilling first: Physicists create exotic “fifth form of matter” on board the ISS

A chilling first: Physicists create exotic “fifth form of matter” on...

Enlarge / This sequence of false-color images shows the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the Cold Atom Laboratory prototype at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the temperature gets progressively closer to absolute zero, the temperature at which atoms have almost no motion. Physicists at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created a rare…
SpaceX launch footage was taken down thanks to bogus copyright claim

SpaceX launch footage was taken down thanks to bogus copyright claim

Enlarge / The Falcon 9 rocket climbs to space on Saturday.Trevor Mahlmann This weekend's launch, in which SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully propelled the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the two astronauts on board from Florida safely into space, was amazing, awe-inspiring, and frankly, just plain cool to watch. And here in the age of inexpensive,…

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