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NASA’s Fermi Telescope Poised to Pin Down Gravitational Wave Sources

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On Sept. 14, waves of energy traveling for more than a billion years gently rattled space-time in the vicinity of Earth. The disturbance, produced by a pair of merging black holes, was captured by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. This event marked the first-ever detection of gravitational

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Facts you probably didn’t know about our Solar System

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Ever since the beginning of civilization, the curious nature inherent only to mankind has been one of the main catalysts of it’s progress. Through centuries, man has been on a mission to understand the world around himself better, and to tailor it to his needs. The results of that are the accomplishments we see around

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NASA Challenges You to Think Outside the Box

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To celebrate the arrival of the first expandable habitat to the International Space Station and the launch of the first commercial 3-D printer to space, the ASME Foundation and NASA have issued a brand new Future Engineers challenge. The ‘Think Outside the Box’ challenge asks K-12 students to design an object for astronauts that can be

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NASA Astronaut to Call Columbia University Students from International Space Station

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Students from Columbia University in New York will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 21. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is seen floating during

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Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system. The research, led by a team of Cassini scientists primarily from Europe, is published this week in the journal Science. Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004, studying the giant planet, its rings and its

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Expandable Habitat Demonstration Will Test Technologies Needed for Deep Space Exploration

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A lot goes into building a house, from finding the right place to put it, gathering the experts and right materials to build it, and scheduling tasks to complete the project. The BEAM module will be attached to the rear port of the space station’s Node 3. After installation, the BEAM expands to roughly 13-feet-long

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NASA Supercomputer Simulations Help Improve Aircraft Propulsion Design

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NASA and aviation industry partners are collaborating on the development of green aviation technologies. One concept studied at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in California’s Silicon Valley, is the contra-rotating open rotor propulsion system, which has two ultra-thin blades spinning in opposite directions on the same shaft, similar to the blades on a giant kitchen blender.

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NASA Hosts Student Rocket Launch, Robotics Challenge

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NASA will host almost 50 high school, college and university teams from 22 states at the its 16th annual Student Launch competition and second annual Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) Challenge, April 13-16 in Huntsville and Toney, Alabama. These events engage students across the country in NASA’s Journey to Mars through hands-on activities in the areas

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NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology

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