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Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances Unmanned Craft

Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances Unmanned Craft

A huge, 10-engine drone dubbed "Greased Lightning" successfully completed a series of flight tests recently, paving the way f…

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Monday 19 hours ago

    Bill O’Herlihy, Averil Power, and gay marriage had everyone talking today. More »

  • NASA Camera Spots ‘Buxom Female Robot’ On Mars
    NASA Camera Spots ‘Buxom Female Robot’ On Mars 20 hours ago

    This really is proof that aliens exist, man claims More »

  • Deadly Plains torrents loosen drought’s grip: Is this ‘weather whiplash? … Mon, May 25, 2015

    The five-year drought came to a dramatic end in Texas on Sunday, as a straight month of rain built into a torrent that killed at least three people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, most along the Blanco River that runs roughly between San Antonio and Austin. Wichita Falls, Texas, where golf courses had long lost their green amid watering restrictions, has become fully saturated in a span of three weeks during the wettest May in the city since 1897. Across the Central Plains, reservoirs that have threatened for years to run dry are, suddenly, full. More »

  • What Are Those Bright Spots on Ceres? Go Vote!
    What Are Those Bright Spots on Ceres? Go Vote! Fri, May 22, 2015

    The puzzling white spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists said, but the cause of the marks remains a mystery. The newest batch of images from the Dawn spacecraft, which began orbiting Ceres on March 6, was released May 15. With the release of these new images, NASA has asked the public to submit a guess for what is creating the spots: volcanos, geysers, rocks, ice, salt deposits, or "other." As of this writing, 37 percent of people who took NASA's poll for what the white spots might be said "other." Alien colonies, perhaps? More »

  • 'Tomorrowland' Celebrates Walt Disney's Vision of the Future
    'Tomorrowland' Celebrates Walt Disney's Vision of the Future Fri, May 22, 2015

    "I grew up during the Cold War," said George Clooney, who plays Frank Walker, a grizzled, disillusioned inventor who sets things in motion in the film. Brad Bird, the director of the film (and previously of "Iron Giant," "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles"), said he gets his optimism from a space-race perspective. In fact, NASA's role in "Tomorrowland" has come full circle. More »

  • Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found
    Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found Fri, May 22, 2015

    The engine behind the galaxy's brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said. If this is indeed what's going on with the newly discovered galaxy, which is known as WISE J224607.57-052635.0, it raises an interesting question: How did the supermassive black hole get so big, so fast? The black hole may simply have been born big, researchers said. More »

  • NASA Spacecraft Now Closer to Moon Than Ever
    NASA Spacecraft Now Closer to Moon Than Ever Fri, May 22, 2015

    A NASA probe has dipped closer to the moon than ever before, perhaps setting the stage for a new round of discoveries about Earth's nearest neighbor. On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole. Lowering LRO's orbit essentially magnifies the sensitivity of LRO's six science instruments, giving scientists a chance to learn more about how water and other compounds could be trapped at the moon's poles, said LRO project scientist John Keller, also of NASA Goddard. More »

  • Tiny 'Cubesats' Gaining Bigger Role in Space
    Tiny 'Cubesats' Gaining Bigger Role in Space Fri, May 22, 2015

    When Jordi Puig-Suari and Bob Twiggs began working on the first cubesat in 1999, their goal was a rather basic one — to develop a compact satellite that university students could build and use to conduct scientific experiments and test out new technologies. "We're starting to talk a lot about bigger things," Puig-Suari said recently. Puig-Suari made these remarks in April during the 12th Annual Cubesat Developers’ Workshop in San Luis Obispo, California. More »

  • Strange 'Nasty' Star May Be Spawned by Cosmic Cannibalism
    Strange 'Nasty' Star May Be Spawned by Cosmic Cannibalism Fri, May 22, 2015

    An ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism may be responsible for the strange appearance and unprecedented behavior of a gigantic star nicknamed "Nasty 1," a new study reports. Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a disk of gas nearly 3 trillion miles (4.8 trillion kilometers) wide surrounding Nasty 1, which is a massive, rapidly aging object known as a Wolf-Rayet star. For example, some scientists think these massive stars' powerful stellar winds blow away their own hydrogen envelopes. More »

  • Disney's 'Tomorrowland' Draws Inspiration from NASA's Past and …
    Disney's 'Tomorrowland' Draws Inspiration from NASA's Past and … Fri, May 22, 2015

    In the new Disney film "Tomorrowland," now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad — literally and figuratively — for the movie's plot to unfold. The feature film, which drew its initial inspiration from the theme park land by the same name, juxtaposes the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011 with the space age future Walt Disney envisioned when he opened the original Tomorrowland in 1955. But that is not the future that Casey Newton (actress Britt Robertson) faces as "Tomorrowland" begins. More »

  • Rare Supernova Burst Shines Light on Its Mysterious Origins
    Rare Supernova Burst Shines Light on Its Mysterious Origins Fri, May 22, 2015

    Debris blown off a dying star collided with its companion, creating a blast of ultraviolet radiation that is helping scientists to better understand the evolution of one of the key tools to measure the expansion of the universe. Known as Type Ia supernovas, these rare events have led scientists to argue for two different theories, but new observations of a recent supernova by NASA's space-based Swift telescope suggest that both may be correct. "The pulse of radiation detected by Swift is probably produced when the supernova-ejected material slams into a companion star," principal investigator Yi Cao, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, told Space.com by email. More »

  • In Tomorrowland , the End of the World Is Disneyfied
    In Tomorrowland , the End of the World Is Disneyfied Fri, May 22, 2015

    At its best, Tomorrowland, is a clever, good-natured, PG adventure featuring robots and ray guns, jetpacks and Jules Verne. Suffice it to say that Tomorrowland is considerably better than you might expect given that it is named after a region—not even a ride, a region—within Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and its associated theme parks around the globe. More »

  • Back home on Earth: SpaceX craft returns from space station
    Back home on Earth: SpaceX craft returns from space station Thu, May 21, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth with a full load of cargo, after a quick trip home from the International Space Station. More »

  • SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean
    SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean Thu, May 21, 2015

    SpaceX personnel will soon retrieve the capsule — which brought down more than 3,100 lbs. (1,400 kilograms) of science experiments and other gear — by boat. Congrats!" station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy wrote on Twitter, where she tweets as? California-based SpaceX holds a $1.6 billion NASA contract to make at least 12 robotic resupply runs to the space station using Dragon paired with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. More »

  • SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth in ocean splashdown
    SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth in ocean splashdown Thu, May 21, 2015

    SpaceX's unmanned Dragon supply ship left the International Space Station Thursday and hours later splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, NASA said. More »

  • Historic Russian Spacecraft To Go On Display in London
    Historic Russian Spacecraft To Go On Display in London Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Science Museum will host a major exhibition on cosmonauts, including the spacecraft that carried the first woman in space More »

  • Is This 'International Flag of Planet Earth' the One We'll Plant …
    Is This 'International Flag of Planet Earth' the One We'll Plant … Thu, May 21, 2015

    A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on alien worlds during future human exploration missions. The student project, which Oskar Pernefeldt undertook for a bachelor's degree in fine arts at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, features several interlocked white circles on a blue background. "Current expeditions in outer space use different national flags depending on which country is funding the voyage. More »

  • Headphones diagnose brain injuries
    Headphones diagnose brain injuries Thu, May 21, 2015

    Doctors have developed a pioneering brain pressure test using a special set of headphones that can detect life-threatening head injuries and infections without the need for surgery or painful spinal procedures. More »

  • Mysterious Military Rocket Launched Into Space
    Mysterious Military Rocket Launched Into Space Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Air Force sent the unmanned, Atlas V mini-shuttle into orbit on Wednesday - making it the fourth X-37B flight for a top-secret military research programme. The last X-37B - also known as an orbital test vehicle - mission returned after 674 days in 2014 while the first three flights spanned 1,367 days. The Air Force won’t reveal how long this mission will last or where it will end. More »

  • Panel OKs $51B for Justice, NASA over Democratic protests Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled House panel Wednesday approved a $51 billion measure providing the Justice Department and NASA with modest budget hikes, but the legislation falls well short of what's needed to win President Barack Obama's signature. More »

  • Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space
    Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space Wed, May 20, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. More »

  • NASA: Alleged plane hacker's boast about breaching space station 'l … Wed, May 20, 2015

    Security researcher Chris Roberts is no stranger to controversy. Recommended: Passcode How well do you know hacker movies? During the question and answer period, Roberts said he hacked the space station and altered its temperature. More »

  • US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission
    US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission Wed, May 20, 2015

    You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch here. Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. "We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission," Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, said in a statement late last month. More »

  • John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools
    John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools Wed, May 20, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible," says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution. More »

  • Experimental spacecraft to test 'sailing' in space
    Experimental spacecraft to test 'sailing' in space Wed, May 20, 2015

    A privately-funded mission aims to test a novel use for sunlight: to directly push a craft through space using a sail. More »

  • Hubble Telescope Opened Its Space Eyes 25 Years Ago Today (Photo)
    Hubble Telescope Opened Its Space Eyes 25 Years Ago Today (Photo) Wed, May 20, 2015

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope may have launched 25 years ago last month, but today (May 20) marks another big anniversary for the famous observatory — a quarter-century since it took its first photo. The Hubble Space Telescope blasted off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990 and was deployed a day later. "The first image taken with the HST is intended to assist in focusing the telescope," representatives of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, which manages Hubble's science operations, wrote in a description of the image. More »

  • Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Launching Secret Mission Today: Watch Liv …
    Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Launching Secret Mission Today: Watch Liv … Wed, May 20, 2015

    Editor's Update for 11:30 am ET: The Air Force's X-37B space plane has successfully launched on its fourth mission. Read our latest story: US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission More »

  • NASA Pluto Probe May Carry Crowdsourced Message to Aliens
    NASA Pluto Probe May Carry Crowdsourced Message to Aliens Tue, May 19, 2015

    A NASA Pluto probe may end up with one final mission after its work exploring the outer solar system is done — carrying a message to advanced alien civilizations. NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14. This project, known as the One Earth Message, is being led by Jon Lomberg, who was design director for the "golden records" that were placed aboard NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft before their 1977 launch to teach any aliens that might encounter the probes about humanity and its home planet. More »

  • Air Force mystery space plane poised for Wed. launch
    Air Force mystery space plane poised for Wed. launch Tue, May 19, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mini military space plane is poised for liftoff Wednesday on another long orbital test flight. But as usual, the Air Force isn't saying much about the unmanned mission. More »

  • What Will the X-37B Military Space Plane Do on Its Next Mystery Mission?
    What Will the X-37B Military Space Plane Do on Its Next Mystery Mission? Tue, May 19, 2015

    On Wednesday, the United States Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office is set to launch the fourth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle — the military's secretive robotic space plane. The reusable, unmanned X-37B spacecraft will blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster tomorrow (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Since April 2010, two X-37B vehicles have chalked up a total of 1,367 days in space on three different missions. More »

  • Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wedne …
    Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wedne … Tue, May 19, 2015

    A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission tomorrow (May 20). The robotic X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster will also loft 10 tiny "cubesats," including a spacecraft called LightSail, which is about the size of a loaf of bread. More »

  • Hang Gliders on Mars: Innovative Idea to Land Probes on Red Planet
    Hang Gliders on Mars: Innovative Idea to Land Probes on Red Planet Tue, May 19, 2015

    The project, called MARSDROP, would send two landers to the Red Planet as hitchhikers aboard a larger spacecraft. The landers would then detach and use a steerable parawing to glide the miniature probes (called "microprobes") down to the surface of Mars. The wild concept is the brainchild of Rebecca Williams, a senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute, who collaborated with Matthew Eby from the Aerospace Corporation and a team of engineers led by Robert Staehle at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. More »

  • JFK inspiring England's attempt to end soccer title drought Tue, May 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — English soccer leaders are drawing inspiration from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's challenge to send a man to the moon as the country tries to end its World Cup title drought. More »

  • Avoiding 'Armageddon': Asteroid Deflection Test Planned for 2022
    Avoiding 'Armageddon': Asteroid Deflection Test Planned for 2022 Tue, May 19, 2015

    In the 1998 movie "Armageddon," an asteroid "the size of Texas" threatens to destroy Earth until NASA employs a deep-sea oil driller (played by Bruce Willis) to plant nuclear bombs deep inside the asteroid and blow it apart. Although the movie seems far-fetched — and parts of it certainly are — the need for an asteroid-defense strategy hasn't escaped either NASA or the European Space Agency (ESA). Both agencies are designing missions to test their ability to nudge an asteroid off-course if it seriously threatens Earth. More »

  • Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit
    Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit Tue, May 19, 2015

    HOUSTON — Chuck Norris Fact no. 905: Before NASA employed a 747 jetliner to ferry the space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Chuck Norris did help land a punch of support for Space Center Houston's new exhibit of the historic original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence at a high society gala held on Friday (May 15) in Houston. The martial artist and actor, who has inspired a popular list of satirical "facts" about his strength and masculinity, was among the celebrities, astronauts, aerospace executives, and Houston elite who attended the center's first "Galaxy Gala." In addition to Norris, actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13" and "Forrest Gump" fame, performed with his "Lt. Dan Band," closing out the jubilant evening. More »