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NASA simulates space radiation on Earth

NASA simulates space radiation on Earth
In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts’ health is radiation 'rain'. NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth following upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. These upgrades help researchers on Earth learn more about the effects of ionising space radiation, to help keep astronauts safe on a journey to Mars.
14th June 2017

Window improves the view on orbiting laboratory

Window improves the view on orbiting laboratory
One of the busiest work stations on the International Space Station got a major upgrade recently, and it already has saved dozens of hours on a variety of experiments for crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory. The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) is a sealed and enclosed work area installed in the U.S. Destiny lab on the space station, and is about the size of a 70-gallon fish tank.
14th June 2017

Magnetic 3D Cell Culturing handles cultures in the space station

Magnetic 3D Cell Culturing handles cultures in the space station
A wide variety of research relies on growing cells in culture on Earth, but handling these cells is challenging. With better techniques, scientists hope to reduce loss of cells from culture media, create cultures in specific shapes, and improve retrieval of cells for analysis – all of which would improve experiment results. Handling cells in microgravity poses even greater challenges, and with ongoing cell investigations aboard the International Space Station, optimising handling techniques is critical.
12th June 2017


NASA launches first-ever neutron-star mission

NASA launches first-ever neutron-star mission
  Nearly 50 years after British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell discovered the existence of rapidly spinning neutron stars, NASA will launch the world’s first mission devoted to studying these unusual objects. The agency also will use the same platform to carry out the world’s first demonstration of X-ray navigation in space.
2nd June 2017

Juno Mission reveals a whole new Jupiter

Juno Mission reveals a whole new Jupiter
Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought.
26th May 2017

Instrument to search for life in outer solar system

Instrument to search for life in outer solar system
An instrument originally developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons in the outer solar system that appear to host oceans, geysers and vents of ice volcanoes. Will Brinckerhoff, a NASA scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, helped build a mass spectrometer for the European Space Agency’s 2020 ExoMars Rover mission.
24th May 2017

Human activity may affect space weather

Human activity may affect space weather
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather - which can include changes in Earth's magnetic environment - are usually triggered by the sun's activity, but recently declassified data on high-altitude nuclear explosion tests have provided a look at the mechansisms that set off perturbations in that magnetic system.
18th May 2017

AX J1910.7+0917 found to be the slowest X-ray pulsar

AX J1910.7+0917 found to be the slowest X-ray pulsar
European astronomers have found that an X-ray pulsar designated AX J1910.7+0917 has the slowest spin period among other objects in this class. The research team, led by Lara Sidoli of the National Institute for Astrophysics and Space Physics (INAF) in Milan, Italy, presented the new findings in a paper published on arXiv.org. X-ray pulsars are sources displaying strict periodic variations in X-ray intensity, consisting of a magnetised neutron star in orbit with a normal stellar companion.
15th May 2017

Metallic 'space fabric' links fashion and engineering

Metallic 'space fabric' links fashion and engineering
Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design. Now, as a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, he is still very much in the world of textiles. He and his colleagues are designing advanced woven metal fabrics for use in space.
25th April 2017

Origami-inspired robot could aid the work of rovers

Origami-inspired robot could aid the work of rovers
The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit. Over the past year and a half, PUFFER has been tested in a range of rugged terrains, from the Mojave Desert in California to the snowy hills of Antarctica.
21st March 2017

NASA confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

NASA confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution
Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70%, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal Nature.
16th March 2017

NASA radar technique finds lost lunar spacecraft

NASA radar technique finds lost lunar spacecraft
Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in orbit around Earth's moon is even more difficult. Optical telescopes are unable to search for small objects hidden in the bright glare of the moon. However, a new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has successfully located spacecraft orbiting the moon - one active, and one dormant.
13th March 2017

Kepler provides another peek at ultra-cool neighbour

Kepler provides another peek at ultra-cool neighbour
Astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016. Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler are available to the scientific community.
9th March 2017

The coolest spot in the Universe

The coolest spot in the Universe
This summer, an ice chest-sized box will fly to the International Space Station, where it will create the coolest spot in the universe. Inside that box, lasers, a vacuum chamber and an electromagnetic "knife" will be used to cancel out the energy of gas particles, slowing them until they're almost motionless. This suite of instruments is called the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), and was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
7th March 2017

NASA and satellite company team up to explore asteroid

NASA and satellite company team up to explore asteroid
NASA and a Palo Alto-based satellite manufacturer are working to get a spacecraft to an asteroid before one gets to us. Asteroid exploration has become one of NASA's top goals, and Space Systems Loral will play a key role in an upcoming mission that will allow scientists to get research equipment to a unique asteroid to study its composition. It's the company's first major foray into the world of deep-space exploration.
3rd March 2017

Technique improves particle warnings and protect astronauts

Technique improves particle warnings and protect astronauts
Our sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energised particles—collectively, these events contribute to space weather. In a study published in Space Weather, scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado, have shown that the warning signs of one type of space weather event can be detected tens of minutes earlier than with current forecasting techniques, helping protect astronauts in space.
3rd March 2017

This is no fairy tale - TRAPPIST-1 and the seven planets

This is no fairy tale - TRAPPIST-1 and the seven planets
Once upon a time there lived, Snow White and the seven dwarfs. But now, NASA may have discovered the real-life version - TRAPPIST-1 and the seven planets. It turns out that life may have been discovered 39 light years away, as this week NASA has made the announcement that seven new earth size planets have been discovered. Previously scientists have only found a tiny number of ‘exoplanets’ which are believed to have the qualities needed to support life.
23rd February 2017

Black hole imager has the X-factor

Black hole imager has the X-factor
NASA are using X-ray emitters for a super-fast communications system. Electronic Specifier writer Rachel Oliver explains.
22nd February 2017

Researchers develop first image of a black hole

Researchers develop first image of a black hole
A team of researchers from around the world is getting ready to create what might be the first image of a black hole. The project is the result of collaboration between teams manning radio receivers around the world and a team at MIT that will assemble the data from the other teams and hopefully create an image. The project has been ongoing for approximately 20 years as project members have sought to piece together what has now become known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
20th February 2017

Lasers could give space research its 'broadband' moment

Lasers could give space research its 'broadband' moment
Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day. The vast distances involved will throttle data rates to a trickle. You're lucky if a spacecraft can send more than a few Mbps—a pittance even by dial-up standards. But we might be on the cusp of a change. Just as going from dial-up to broadband revolutionised the Internet and made high-resolution photos and streaming video a given, NASA may be ready to undergo a similar "broadband" moment in coming years.
15th February 2017


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