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  • NASA Says Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Conditions Necessary for Life

    April 14, 2017 5:43 AM 20

    An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency

  • NASA Reveals New Hints of Life in Space

    April 13, 2017 8:34 PM 12

    It was always clear Enceladus was up to something strange. From the moment astronomers began closely observing the small Saturnian moon, they noticed an odd bulge in the planet's outermost ring — the E ring — that seemed to be following Enceladus through its orbits. It was almost as if the little 313-mile (504 km) diameter world was outgassing something

  • NASA releases global maps of ‘night light’ on Earth

    April 13, 2017 5:21 PM 12

    Daily, high definition views may be available soon NASA scientists have released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. Satellite images of Earth at night have been a source of curiosity for public and a tool for fundamental research for nearly 25 years

  • Don't Miss NASA's First 4K Livestream From Space This Month

    April 12, 2017 8:24 AM 22

    Washington: In the first-ever live 4K video stream from space, NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers more than 400 km off the Earth to the International Space Station on April 26. The broadcast will take place at 1:30 pm EDT (11:00 pm IST) during a session at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas

  • April's full moon rises this week, but will it really be pink?

    April 10, 2017 2:39 PM 13

    April’s full pink moon rises this week, a sign that spring is in full swing and summer is a warm whisper away. While the moon this month, which reaches peak fullness Tuesday, won’t really have a rose-colored hue, it is called the pink moon because of the pink flowers of the wild ground phlox that bloom this time of year in many parts of the U.S., according

  • SpaceX launches, recovers its first recycled rocket in historic leap

    March 31, 2017 12:53 AM 12

    SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, hoisting a broadcasting satellite into the clear early evening sky on the historic rocket reflight. It was the first time SpaceX founder

  • Brain and arm implants help paralyzed US man feed himself

    March 28, 2017 10:34 PM 17

    LONDON (AP) - A paralyzed man was able to feed himself for the first time in eight years, after doctors implanted sensors in his brain that sent signals to his arm. Bill Kochevar was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a cycling accident in Cleveland in 2006. To help him move again, in 2014, doctors surgically placed two tiny implants into his brain

  • NASA Has a Virtual Reality-Based Space Station Simulator

    March 27, 2017 9:40 PM 11

    The "mixed reality" International Space Station sim helps astronauts train for life in orbit. "Virtual reality" and "augmented reality" are all the rage these days in tech circles, with Silicon Valley giants like Apple and Facebook already building up their arsenals for what's expected to be a battle royale for the future of consumer electronics. But while

  • Meet Astrobee, the Adorable Robot Cube Bound for the ISS

    March 27, 2017 7:21 PM 13

    The robotic cube will float around and help astronauts keep things in order in their space home. At the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, engineers are working on a little robot cube that will be launched to the International Space Station later this year. The one-foot-cube robot, named Astrobee, will fly around the ISS with its tiny fan-powered

  • Qatar Airways switches off lights for Earth Hour

    March 26, 2017 5:52 PM 10

    The initiative marked an effort to encourage communities and individuals to come together to highlight the importance of combating climate change, the Doha-based carrier said in a press statement. The airline created an internal awareness campaign to encourage participation of its staff at home and boost awareness of the global initiative. Earth Hour, launched