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Congress Passes $19.5B NASA Bill Including Humans On Mars And Europa Missions

U.S. Congress has just passed a new bill that authorizes $19.5 billion worth of spending for 2017. The bill includes items such as manned missions to Mars and Europa exploration missions. The House approved on a voice vote the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, S.442, after a brief discussion on the House floor where [...]

NASA Could Build ‘Ice House’ On Mars To Protect Astronauts From Radiation

One of the problems of living on Mars is a minimal atmosphere that will make future inhabitants susceptible to harmful radiation from the Sun. NASA is currently working on many solutions to this problem, and the latest could come in the form of an 'ice house'. According to research done at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, [...]

NASA Spots Giant Hole In The Sun

NASA has spotted a giant hole in the sun via its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft. On December 2nd, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft had spotted a significant “coronal hole” in its line of sight on the Sun. These holes are suspected to be regions of the Sun where magnetic fields stretch into space, and spew [...]

NASA Will Hold Media Call On Evidence of Surprising Activity on Europa

Watch Live Right Now Hold the phones, NASA is about to make a HUGE announcement.  And it's related to subsurface oceans on Europa - a theory suspected since Europa's initial probing in the early 1970s. Europa is the 6th closest moon of Jupiter and the smallest of it's four Galilean satellites. Europa was discovered in 1610 [...]

NASA’s AstrOlympics Compare Feats Of Athletes To Objects In Space

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in full swing, NASA's unveiling of their project comparing the feats of athletes to objects in space couldn't have better timing. Coined the "AstrOlympics" project, it underwent development by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory communications group. The purpose of the project is to open up a discussion regarding the [...]

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Poised For One-Shot Try To Orbit Jupiter

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft was poised for a one-shot attempt to slip into Jupiter's orbit on Monday for the start of a 20-month-long dance around the solar system’s largest planet to learn how and where it formed. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, were preparing for a [...]

NASA To Set Fire In Space For Science, Safety

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned cargo ship pulled away from the International Space Station on Tuesday to stage the first of three planned NASA experiments on how big fires grow in space, an important test for astronaut safety. Previous experiments in space were limited to the incineration of samples no bigger than an [...]

NASA Launches Near-Space Monitoring Balloon From New Zealand

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - NASA successfully launched a super pressure balloon from New Zealand's South Island Wanaka Airport Tuesday to conduct near-space scientific investigations. The launch marks the fifth attempt to get the massive balloon airborne, with previous bids thwarted by bad weather, NASA said in a release. Long-duration balloon flights at constant altitudes play an [...]

4K Solar Flare Captured By NASA

On April 17, 2016, an active region on the sun’s right side released a mid-level solar flare, captured here by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This solar flare caused moderate radio blackouts, according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. Scientists study active regions – which are areas of intense magnetism – to better understand why they [...]

Sunspot Region Produces Mild Solar Flare

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this imagery of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash – around 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2016. A loop of solar material can also be seen rising up off the right limb of the sun. Credits: NASA/SDO/Goddard NASA has just captured amazing image of [...]